Yamanashi

Restaurant Guide in Yamanashi

Yamanashi prefecture is located in the inland area of the Kanto region and is surrounded by high mountains that are over 2,000 meters above sea level. To the south there is Mt. Fuji, to the west there is the Akashi mountain range (Southern Alps), to the north there is Yatsugatake mountains, and to the east there stands the Okuchichibu mountains. Therefore, 8

0 percent of the prefecture is mountainous. The prefectural offices are in the city of Kofu in the Kofu basin. There is a huge temperature difference between the summer and winter, and a strong wind called “Yatsugatake oroshi” blows in winter. Mountainous areas such as the city of Minami Alps have heavy snowfalls. Since the foothill regions are cooler than the basin with more rainfall, fruit growing is thriving, and grapes, cherries, and peaches are cultivated here. White wine made from Koshu variety grapes that are local specialties in Yamanashi is attracting attention from overseas consumers, too. In addition, 40 percent of mineral water produced in Japan is collected in Yamanashi prefecture. In Yamanashi, the area around the Five Fuji Lakes, including Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka, is a popular tourist spot. Visitors can enjoy close-up views of Mt. Fuji as well as Fuji-Q Highland, which is a large-scale recreational facility and hot springs. The foothill area of Yatsugatake mountains is a popular resort for adults. Kofu is known for its association with General Takeda Shingen from the Warring State period, and there are historical sites related to Shingen such as the Takeda shrine. Visitors can also enjoy hot springs in different places in the city. Many mountain climbers come to Kofu station since it is a transit point to go to the Southern Alps mountains. It is especially crowded during the summer climbing season between July and August. Since there is only a limited area of flat land in Yamanashi, which prevents rice growing, dishes using flour and other grains have developed in Yamanashi. The most representative local cuisine is hoto. It is a type of noodles cooked in miso flavored soup, and hoto noodles are unique as they are flat and thick. Hoto cooked with squash or red beans are well-known. It is said that Takeda Shingen often cooked hoto in the battle field.

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