The Best Times to Visit Yamanashi

If you’re looking for truly picturesque fields of flowers during your spring trip to Yamanashi prefecture, look no further than the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. While not your traditional blossom festival, some 800,000 Shibazakura (moss phlox flowers) will be blooming at the base of Mount Fuji. The contrast between the clear blue sky, Mt. Fuji’s white coating, and the radiant pink and red flowers stretching out on the fields should truly be a sight to behold. The festival is open from mid-April to the end of May, and cost about 600 yen for adults.
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Lake Kawaguchi Fireworks Festival in Summer 
It goes without saying that the Lake Kawaguchi Fireworks Festival is the representative fireworks festival of the five lakes area. From August 5th at 7 pm, the fireworks start off and light up the night sky, with the beautiful mount Fuji in the background. The festival also includes traditional festival dances, as well as rows of food stands and drinks to go around. Live concerts are also held on the festival day, making the whole night incredibly entertaining regardless of your preferences.

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Autumn Colors Festival in Autumn
Yamanashi Prefecture has a relatively pleasant autumn season, but the best part is of course the autumn colors. Fortunately, there’s a festival dedicated to enjoying and appreciating the autumn colors, known as the Fuji-Kawaguchi Lake Autumn Leaves Festival. Here, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll through the Momiji Corridor and visit the farmer’s market, food stands, and arts and crafts areas. The festival is open through the whole month of November, but you should visit early in the month to make sure you view the leaves at their best. At sunset, you can enjoy a landscape of red, along with Mount Fuji in the background.

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Hot Springs and delicious Houtou in Winter
Yamanashi gets very cold during the winter. Luckily, there is an abundance of hot springs near the Mount Fuji and five lakes area. Most resorts will have indoor and outdoor hot springs, allowing you to warm up after a long day of travelling outside. If that isn’t enough, Yamanashi is also known for its delicious noodle dish, Houtou, which is guaranteed to warm you up through its thick noodles and rich miso broth. There are also a couple of festivals early in the year to celebrate the new year. 

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