teradesa.com Refresh your mind by enjoying the view of Mount Fuji and the lushness of the Japanese Alps in summer.
Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps are located in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures. Here, you can enjoy various activities amidst the mesmerizing nature. Experience Japanese tradition and culture by staying at or visiting a shrine to purify your mind and body.
1. Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and can be climbed in summer. You must see the spectacular sunrise view from the top of the mountain. Unwind after your hike with a dip in Lake Kawaguchi hot spring and enjoy the view of the mountain, which is popular for its beautifully proportioned shape, from all sides.
2. Lake Yamanaka
Enjoy the view of Mount Fuji and the splendor of the surrounding nature by cycling along the route around the lake. From October to February, you can see the “Diamond Fuji” phenomenon, when the peak of Mount Fuji is aligned with the sun.
Koshu in Yamanashi Prefecture has wineries nestled on top of hills with the charm of vast vineyard landscapes belonging to leading wine producers. Sample 200 varieties of wine or relax in the winery’s grounds by staying in a cottage, soaking in hot springs, or dining at the restaurant.
4. ZEN & BED Bogetsuan
Experience the serenity of the Zen world and find yourself at peace at the temple inn, Bogetsuan. During your stay, cleanse your mind and body through sitting “zazen” meditation and authentic Buddhist cuisine. Take time to focus on yourself through a Zen mindset. Please note that while guest rooms are private, bathrooms and showers are shared.
The popular destination of Kamikochi is easily accessible, with charming, refreshing nature that will soothe both body and soul. You must see the breathtaking view of Kappa Bridge with the Hotaka mountains in the background. You should also go hiking and stay overnight here.
6. Togakushi Shrine
Togakushi Shrine, erected around the foothills of Mount Togakushi, is said to be the headquarters of Kuzuryu, the water god in the form of a nine-headed dragon. Feel the mystique as you hike the pilgrimage path that connects five shrines amidst enchanting nature. Don’t miss sampling the Togakushi “soba” noodles at various eateries, one of the three most delicious soba in Japan.
7. Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle stands proudly against the backdrop of the majestic Japanese Alps. Although it looks like a five-story building from the outside, it originally has six floors and is said to be the oldest castle in Japan. To delve into its history, take a guided tour (charges apply).