Yamanashi is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Japan. It is landlocked, making it easy to reach via train from Tokyo. Yamanshi Prefecture prides itself on its fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, with the prefecture’s capital being the city of Kōfu. Surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan, it offers some of the best sights including the majestic Mount Fuji.
Yamanashi has a colorful history beginning with a prehistoric society that progressed through the hunting, fishing, and gathering stages during the Jōmon period. During the Sengku period in the 16th century, the daimyo of the land, Takeda Shingen, known to have attempted to unify and control Japan, also built two prominent historic sites, the Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu.
During World War II, Kōfu suffered extensive damage. From the end of the war onwards, as part of Japan’s economic initiatives, the government introduced agricultural land reforms which significantly increased the number of individual farms and promoted fruit farming and viticulture throughout the prefecture.
Join KCP Fall 2016 students as they experience and discover Yamanashi!
All photos, KCP Fall 2016 Yamanashi overnight excursion. | KCP Flickr