Yamanashi releases new travel guide to showcase its natural and cultural attractions
Planned and produced by Original Inc (publisher of Time Out Tokyo), Yamanashi – Travel That Changes You was released at the end of July.
The guide’s theme is transformative travel, introducing experiences you can only find in Yamanashi Prefecture that will enrich your life, from ancient natural sites and shrines to hot springs and lakes.
The publication is divided into three main sections: Discover, which involves exploring the lesser-known attractions of Yamanashi Prefecture; To unveil, which involves deepening your understanding of the most popular places in Yamanashi; and Recover, where you will find the best places to rest and recharge your batteries.
The Tokaichiba and Natsugari springs shown in the Recover section, for example, are a collection of over ten different freshwater springs from Mount Fuji. When the water comes down from the mountain, it is filtered through volcanic ash, making it remarkably clear and pure – it is especially loved by local farmers. Take a stroll through the area, passing each of the streams and admiring the vivid greenery that surrounds them.
Pass by Chokeiji Temple, where you can find a small altar dedicated to Yakushi, the Medicine and Healing Buddha, next to one of the streams. Between May and the end of August, watch out for Baikamo, a species of buttercup with flowers that look like a smaller version of plum blossoms. After spending an afternoon wandering among the flowers and enjoying the temple grounds, you will understand why the area is associated with healing.
Time Out Tokyo’s deputy editor-in-chief Kit Kriewaldt, who visited Yamanashi Prefecture on a research trip for this project, said he was most impressed with the hokora (small roadside shrines) and suspension bridges deep in the forest than it was near the area’s most famous shrines and temples.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons to visit the best-known tourist spots as well, but Yamanashi is full of opportunities to find something new in a quiet, hidden place – and that’s the essence of transformative travel.
The travel guide features 140 locations and its cover features an image of Mount Fuji as seen from Lake Shoji, one of the Five Fuji Lakes. This guide will be distributed free of charge to places in the prefecture that have received Yamanashi Green Zone certification, as well as in tourist centers of Yamanashi and Tokyo – while scrupulously respecting the travel restrictions linked to Covid-19, of course. Keep an eye out for this striking blanket and be sure to grab one.
If you can’t get your hands on the guide itself, head to the official Yamanashi Prefecture tourist site, where you’ll find the full list of attractions and all the key details for planning your next trip.
While it’s not yet easy to embark on a new journey right now, this new guide is a chance to learn more about Yamanashi and dream about your next adventure.