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Welcome to Yatsugatake.

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We would like to provide some information about the sightseeing spots near Kobuchizawa and Kiyosato Sta.

The information contained in this leaflet is based on data as of May 1, 2005.
There are tourist information centers in front of Kobuchizawa Sta. and Kiyosato Sta.
Please visit them when you need up-to-date information.
We hope you will enjoy your tour
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Popular spots to enjoy the beautiful view of mountains

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1.Makiba Koen  (makibacstock farm, koencpark)    1,429m  (4,688ft)

Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Kiyosato Sta.

@@@@Kiyosato Picnic Bus is available irregularly (See 15).

HP: http://www.oizumi.ne.jp/~makiba/   (in Japanese)

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One of Yamanashi Prefectural parks.

On fine days you can enjoy a grand view of Mt. Fuji and other mountains from the parking lot.

The restaurant as well as the parking lot is open all year round.

The park is closed in wintertime (Nov.11 – April 19) and on Mondays (or Tuesdays if previous day is a holiday). When the park is open, visitors can see and caress the animals such as sheep, rabbits and goats.

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On the other side of the road is Yatsugatake Prefectural Stock Farm.

Itfs at the foot of   Ushikubi-yama (ushiccattle, kubicneck, yamacmountain   2280m).

Akadake (the highest peak of the Yatsugatake Mountains) is behind it.

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2.Utsukushi-Mori  (literally means ebeautiful forestf)  1,542m  (5,059ft)

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Access: 8 minutes by taxi from Kiyosato Sta.

@@Kiyosato Picnic Bus is available irregularly (See 15).
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From the Observatory, you can have a panoramic view of the mountains.

You have to walk up the stairs for about 10 minutes.

In June red azaleas blooming all around are very beautiful.

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3.Shishi-Iwa  (shishic.lion,  iwac..rock)

Access:  15 minutes by taxi from Kiyosato Sta.

One of the best places to see the Yatsugatake Mountains.

The starting point of the route to climb Meshimori-yama (heaped rice mountain).

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4.Seisen-Ryo

Access:  15 30 minutesf walk from Kiyosato Sta.

 @@@Kiyosato Picnic Bus is available irregularly (See 15).

HP: http://www.keep.or.jp/indexe.html  (in English)

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Seisen-Ryo was first built by Dr. Paul Rush in 1938 and is the center of tourism in this area.

Please refer to English brochure you can get at Seisen-Ryo.

There are plenty of hiking trails of different difficulty – related flyer in English is available at the reception.

There are farms, museums, restaurants, shops and accommodations.

Japanese tourists like to have soft ice cream here.
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About the mountains you can see from Kobuchisawa and Kiyosato

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5. Yatsugatake Legend

A long time ago, Yatsugatake was an ordinary mountain with only one peak, and it was as high as

Mt. Fuji.

Yatsugatakefs god and Mt. Fujifs goddess began quarreling over their height. Each of them insisted that he/she was taller. The Amitabha Buddha, who was entrusted to arbitrate the dispute, set a gutter between the tops of the two mountains and poured water in it.

The water ran down to the top of Mt. Fuji, revealing that Yatsugatake was taller.

Mt. Fujifs goddess, who was unyielding, got angry.

She hit and hit Yatsugatake with a long stick.

Thatfs why Yatsugatake has so many peaks now
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6. The Yatsugatake Mountains

Yatsugatake literally means eight mountains. Actually there are more than eight peaks.  Japanese word ghachih (eight) sometimes implies gmanyh.

Itfs a range of volcanoes and is 30 kilometers long from south to north.
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6a. Mt. Amigasa  (Amigasa-yama)    2,524m  (8,280ft)

Amigasa means knitted straw hat/'umbrella' used to be worn by farmers and travelers.

Itfs situated at the southern end of the range and is covered with primeval forest.
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6b. Mt. Gongen  (Gongen-yama)    2,715m   (8,907ft)

Gongen means etemporary image of Buddhaf.

There are two rock towers and old iron swords at the top.

The mountain, as well as Mt. Akadake, was the center of the emountain faithf in this area.
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6c. Mt. Akadake (Akadake)  2,899m  (9,511ft)

Aka means red, and dake  mountain.

Its name comes from the rock wall that looks red in the sunlight.

Itfs the highest peak of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
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7. Mt. Fuji@3,776m  (12,388ft)

The highest mountain in Japan.

Itfs a dormant volcano that had last eruption in 1708.
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8. The Japan Southern Alps  (official name - the Akaishi Mountains)

Walter Weston, a 19th century English mountaineer, introduced the mountains in the central Japan as the Japan Alps. There are the Japan Northern, Central and Southern Alps.

Japan Southern Alps is 150km long from north to south.
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8a. Mt. Kitadake  (kitac.north, dakec.mountain)   3,193.2m  (10,476ft)

Itfs the second highest mountain in Japan.

(It looks lower than Kai-Komagatake because the former is further away.)
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8b. Mt. Kai-Komagatake  (kaic old area name, komac.horse)   2,965.6m  (9,729ft)

Itfs loved for its pyramid-like shape.

Itfs covered with white granite.

Suntory Distillery, wineries, Japanese sake breweries are at the foot of this mountain.

Water in this area is famous for its quality.
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Industrial Observation Tour

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9. Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Access:  10 minutes by taxi from Kobuchizawa Sta.

Hours:   9:30 – 16:30 (Please enter before 16:00)

Located at the foot of Mt. Kai-Komagatake.

HP: http://www.suntory.com/esuntory/index.html   (in English)

  http://www.suntory.co.jp/whisky/factory/hakushu/guide/gu_what.html  (in Japanese)

Suntory Hakushu Distillery began operation in 1973.

Guided tours (free of charge) are available every day except on New Year holidays and at the year-end.

To participate in the tour, please address the reception before 15:00.

There are two kinds of guided tours: whisky tours and pure water tours.

A tour takes about one hour including time to taste whisky and/or water.

Tours are conducted in Japanese.  The staff understands some English.

Some explanation in English is written on the board in the whisky course.

There are a whisky museum, a restaurant, shops, beautiful gardens and bird sanctuary on the vast premises.
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Shopping

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10. Yatsugatake Resort Outlet

Access:  10 minutes by shuttle bus (free of charge) from Kobuchizawa Sta.

HP:  http://www.yatsugatake-outlet.com/index2.html  (in Japanese)

Hours:  10:00 – 18:00  (open until 19:00 or 20:00 in summertime)

There are 68 outlet shops.  Clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, toys, etc. are sold. 

There are restaurants and cafes.
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Other places to visit

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11. Moegi-no-Mura

Access:  10 minutesf walk from Kiyosato Sta.

HP:  http://www.moeginomura.co.jp/  (in Japanese)

There are shops, cafes, restaurants and studios where you can experience arts and crafts.
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Hall of Halls is a museum of antique musical boxes and automatically played organs.

Hours: 10:00 – 18:00  (Please enter before 17:00)

Admission fee:  800 yen

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12. Ehon-Mura

Access:  10 minutes by taxi from Kobuchizawa Sta.

HP: http://ehonmura.jp/  (in Japanese)

Hours:  10:00 – 17:00     Closed on Wednesdays.

In wintertime, closed on Tue. Wed. & Thus.  From July to Sep., open every day.

Admission fee: usually 300 yen, 500 yen when special exhibition is held.

An art village organized by Mr. (artist) and Mrs. (picture book writer) Matsumura.

There is a library where a lot of picture books are collected from all over the world, a shop and cafes. Occasionally puppet plays are performed in a small theater.
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13. Spatio Kobuchisawa

Access:  5 minutes by taxi from Kobuchizawa Sta.

HP: http://www.nns.ne.jp/ent/spatio/  (in Japanese)

Spatio is a complex of spa, restaurants, accommodations, shops and studios.
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Spa

Hours: 10:00 – 24:00 (Please enter before 23:00)

Fee: 600 yen, 400yen (20:00~)

Men's spa and womenfs spa are separated. Each one has an indoor and an open-air bathroom.

You have to take off all your clothes before entering the bathroom. . Therefs soap and shampoo inside. If possible, take towels with you. Or you can buy one at the counter.

Please wash yourself clean before getting into the bathtub.
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Useful information

14. Yamanashi Prefecture

Most of the spots mentioned here are in Yamanashi Prefecture.

(Nobeyama district including Shishi-Iwa is in Nagano Prefecture.)

As for tourism in Yamanashi, please refer to the following home page.

HP:   http://www.yamanashi-kankou.or.jp/english/index.html  (in English)
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15. Kiyosato Picnic Bus

The bus starts at the Bus Center near Kiyosato Sta.

Fee: 300 yen (one ride), 600 yen (one day ticket)

This bus is convenient for sightseeing in Kiyosato Area.

Not available in wintertime (late-Nov. to late-Apr.).

Even in summertime, it is not available every day.

When you plan to take one on weekdays, please check the homepage beforehand.

HP:  http://www.kiyosato.gr.jp/bus/bus.html  (in Japanese)
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16. How to get to Kiyosato from Kobuchizawa Sta. by train

Please take JR Koumi Line at Kobuchizawa Sta.

The Koumi Line is not very convenient, so, please pay attention to its timetable.

HP: http://www8.ekitan.com/norikae/Time4Servlet?SF=80-0&AN=0&SJ=1

(timetable in Japanese)

Fee: 320 yen       

It takes about 23 minutes. Kiyosato is the third station from Kobuchizawa.
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17. About Kobuchisawa and Kobuchizawa

The name of the town is Kobuchisawa, and that of the JR station is written Kobuchizawa.

They are the same when written in Chinese characters.
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A little more about Yatsugatake Highlands

There are farms where you can experience horse riding.

There is a ski resort with lift, where you can enjoy skiing, snow boarding and snow shoeing in winter. The lift is also used for hiking in summer.

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Itfs well known as the best place to observe stars. Nobeyama National Radio Observatory is conspicuous with huge parabolic antennas. There are hotels with astronomical telescopes. Even without a telescope, the stars can be seen much clearer than in Tokyo. At clear nights please go outside and look up at the sky.

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This area is blessed with wonderful natural environment. There are springs, wild animals and plants. Hiking, bird watching and mountain climbing are very refreshing and enjoyable.

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You will not be bored even on rainy days, since there are various museums. You can also experience arts and crafts such as ceramic forming, dried flower arranging, dying, woodwork, stained glass and musical box making.

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Kiyosato and its vicinity used to be wasteland in 1930s. The immigrated farmers had very hard days to cultivate the land. In 1970s it got into the limelight as summer resort. Now a lot of tourists visit Yatsugatake Highlands. There are cottages both for private use and for rent. A considerable number of retired people have settled down there.
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