Yamanashi Access Guide

Yamanashi is incredibly close to Tokyo and the metropolitan area, in that the prefecture is literally a train ride away from Shinjuku and the center of Tokyo. This means that there is no need to take a plane to the prefecture, making a quick day trip to the prefecture cheap and easy to do. If you can drive a car, it also makes for a fun and enjoyable road trip to Mount Fuji and the surrounding lakes.
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Train
If you are planning on taking the train to Yamanashi, the best way to get there from the greater Tokyo area is to take the Chuo Main Line Limited Express to Kofu Station. The whole trip should take about 1 and a half hours, and doesn’t require any line switching. From Kofu Station, you can get to other places 
Getting to Yamanashi from Osaka and the Kansai area will take longer, and requires you to switch lines at Shizuoka Station. From Shin-Osaka, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shizuoka Station (about 2 hours), and from there get on the Tokaido Limited Express to Kofu Station (another 2 hours).
 
Bus
There are various buses going from Fuji-Q Highlands and Kofu Station, from the major stations in the metropolitan area, as well as some stations in the Kansai area. From the Metropolitan area, it takes about 5 hours to get to the park and the surrounding area from Shinjuku Station. 

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