5 Delicious Local Gourmet in Fuji Kawaguchiko Area: Where to Enjoy and Restaurant Recommendations

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Japan has many "regional cuisines" that are born from the culture and characteristics of each region, and enjoying these is one of the joys of traveling. In this article, we will introduce some foods and drinks that are unique to Yamanashi Prefecture that you definitely want to try if you visit.

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1. Yamanashi Prefecture's Local Dish "Houtou"

"Houtou" is a local dish from Yamanashi Prefecture. It is characterized by thick, long, and flat noodles that are roughly cut, unlike udon. This is simmered in miso soup with pumpkin and other seasonal vegetables to create a home-cooked dish called "Houtou."

2. Yoshida Udon: A Traditional Dish from the Fuji Five Lakes Region

Yoshida Udon, known as a local dish from the Gunnai region of Yamanashi Prefecture, is characterized by its firm, chewy noodles. The condiments, made with red chili peppers, sesame seeds and Japanese pepper, stir-fried in oil, are also a distinctive feature of Yoshida Udon, and some people visit restaurants just to try them. The standard topping is sweet and spicy stewed horse meat and boiled cabbage.

3. Lake Kawaguchiko's Specialty Dish, Kappa Meshi

This rice bowl was invented by the Fujikawaguchiko Specialty Development Committee in honor of the Kappa legend that is passed down around Lake Kawaguchiko . Kappa Meshi is rice topped with grated yam and lightly pickled cucumbers, the kappa's favorite food, and topped with sesame seeds and chopped seaweed. It is a light rice bowl recommended for those who are health-conscious.

4. The World's Best Fujizakura Heights Beer

Fujizakura Heights Beer has a brewery in Fujikawaguchi-cho. They use Fujizakura Life Water, a natural spring water from Mt. Fuji, pumped up from 150 meters underground at their own water source, as their brewing water. Fujizakura Kogen Beer is an authentic German-style beer made with this water and brewing techniques cultivated at Demens Brewing School, one of the few nationally certified schools in Germany with over 100 years of history and many excellent brewers. Most of the ingredients are imported from Fujizakura Heights Beer, and the beer is 100% malt (with some exceptions). Please enjoy their beer, which has won numerous awards at the World Beer Cup in the United States and the World Beer Awards in the United Kingdom.

5. Award-winning Yamanashi Wine

Yamanashi is the birthplace of wine production in Japan. Japan's first private winery was established in Katsunuma, Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture in 1877. Currently, there are about 80 wineries in Yamanashi Prefecture, producing wines such as the representative "Koshu" and Japanese indigenous varieties such as "Muscat Bailey A", as well as European varieties such as "Chardonnay" and "Pinot Noir", and Yamanashi boasts the largest production volume in Japan. The quality of its wines is also highly regarded, having won gold medals at prestigious international competitions.

Visit the Roadside Stations for Souvenirs

So where can you get local ingredients? Surprisingly, souvenir shops tend to stock similar products that can be found anywhere in the country. In such cases, try heading out to a roadside station.

1. Narusawa Roadside Station

Roadside Station Narusawa is located 15 minutes by car from Lake Kawaguchiko Interchange, along National Route 139. The snack corner offers a wide variety of local dishes made with locally grown ingredients. Narusawa Village, where the roadside station is located, is also famous for its highland vegetable production, blessed with abundant nature. The cheap and super fresh vegetables are popular as souvenirs, and during the season, many tourists stop by and the place is bustling every day.

Yamanashi Prefecture is also a producer of Koshu grapes, so naturally wines from Yamanashi are also sold as souvenirs, but one unique souvenir we recommend is " cabbage wine." This wine is brewed from highland cabbages in Narusawa Village, and is a rare product that can only be found in this area of ​​Yamanashi Prefecture, where it is produced.


For those using public transport

Take the "Narusawa, Lake Shojiko, and Lake Motosuko Tour Bus (Blue Line)" from Kawaguchiko Sta. on the Fujikyuko Line. Get off at the "Roadside Station Narusawa" bus stop.

1 minute walk from the bus stop

For those using rental cars and taxis

From the Lake Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway, head towards Lake Motosuko for 8km and enter the traffic light at the "Narusawa Roadside Station"

Narusawa Roadside Station

2. Fujiyoshida Roadside Station

This popular roadside station is always ranked high in the Kanto roadside station rankings. In addition to souvenirs that can only be purchased here, there is a wide selection of fresh local vegetables. You can enjoy "Yoshida Udon" at the snack corner.


For those using public transport

Take the Fujiyoshida, Oshino, Lake Yamanakako sightseeing bus Fujikko-go from Kawaguchiko Sta. on the Fujikyuko Line. Get off at the Mt. Fuji Radar Dome stop.

1 minute walk from the bus stop

For those using rental cars and taxis

From the Lake Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway, head towards Lake Yamanakako for 4km, then turn right at the traffic lights at the "Fujiyoshida Oshino Smart IC Entrance"

Fujiyoshida Roadside Station

Where to Enjoy the Gourmet

1. FUJI GATEWAY

The FUJI GATEWAY Clubhouse, which is attached to the Fujizakura Heights Beer Brewery, sells selected items and original goods that showcase the charms of Yamanashi Prefecture. You can enjoy freshly brewed "Fujizakura Heights Beer" on tap.

The area also contains Fuji Subaru Land, a family theme park with numerous attractions, and FUJI GATEWAY CAMP FIELD, where you can enjoy camping on a vast lawn.


For those using public transport

A free shuttle bus is available from behind the Fuji Kanko Development Building, right in front of Kawaguchiko Sta. on the Fujikyuko Line.

Fuji Subaru Land

For those using rental cars and taxis

Approximately 4.5km from Lake Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway via Prefectural Route 707

2. Fuji Chobo no Yu Yurari Onsen(next to the Narusawa Roadside Station)

This is a day-trip hot spring facility where you can soak in the hot springs while gazing at Mt. Fuji. In addition to two types of open-air baths with outstanding views of Fujizakura Heights Beer Beer", as well as "Oshino Salmon", "Fujizakura Pork", "Chicken Offal Simmered in Soy Sauce", and "Hakkai Tofu". You can also just come for a meal without using the baths.


For those using public transport

Take the "Narusawa, Lake Shojiko, and Lake Motosuko Tour Bus (Blue Line)" from Kawaguchiko Sta. on the Fujikyuko Line. Get off at the "Roadside Station Narusawa" bus stop.

3 minutes walk from the bus stop

A free shuttle bus is also available from Kawaguchiko Sta.(reservations required). Please make sure to make a reservation in advance on the Yurari website.

For those using rental cars and taxis

From the Lake Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway, head towards Lake Motosuko for 8km and enter the "Narusawa Roadside Station" traffic light.

Access to Yurari

3. Tanimura Shop (Chuo Expressway, outbound)

Located on the Chuo Expressway Fujiyoshida Line, halfway between Otsuki JCT and Lake Kawaguchiko IC, this is the "closest parking area to Mt. Fuji." As the gateway to the Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes area, the store not only provides tourist information, but also stocks Fuji climbing and camping goods.

At the restaurant, you can enjoy "Yoshida Udon", ramen, set meals, and other dishes at reasonable prices. If you are coming by car on the Chuo Expressway, please be sure to stop by.


*Express buses do not stop at this parking lot.

Yamanashi boasts the largest production of peaches, grapes, and plums in Japan. The best time to eat peaches and plums is from July to August, and grapes from August to October, so if you visit Yamanashi Prefecture, be sure to try some of the fruits in season!

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The northern foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture is a stunning area of Japan that has plenty to offer visitors. At the foot of Mt. Fuji, including ”Arakurayama Sengen Park”, which offers a view of Mt. Fuji and the iconic five-story pagoda, "Chureito." The Kawaguchiko Momiji Corridor is also a must-visit during the autumn season when visitors can see the colorful leaves. Our company, based in Lake Kawaguchiko, operates various facilities that utilize the natural resources of Mt. Fuji. These include the theme park "Fuji Subaru Land," which offers a range of exciting rides and attractions, and the Fujiten Snow Resort, where visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can also sample the world-famous "Fujizakura Heights Beer," made using natural water “Fujizakura Meisui” , or relax in the natural hot spring, "Fuji Chobo no yu Yurari," . We will clearly communicate the charm of Mt. Fuji, which changes with the seasons, from the base of Mt. Fuji in Kawaguchiko.

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