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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

YAMANASHI Kiyosato & Hokuto Raise a glass to the nature of Kiyosato and the wider Hokuto Area

Raise a glass to the nature of Kiyosato and the wider Hokuto Area

Escape the bustle of city life in this natural idyll boasting the stunning scenery of Mt. Yatsugatake , award-winning sake and several high-quality museums.

Don't Miss

  • Yamanashi Meijo Brewery and Suntory Hakushu Distillery
  • Kiyosato Field Ballet in the forests of Kiyosato—one of many cultural events that take place each year
  • Fields of sunflowers in Akeno and the flowers around Heidi Village in the summer months

How to Get There

Kiyosato is located in northern Yamanashi near the border of Nagano . Access the area by rail in around two hours from Shinjuku Station.

Take an express train from Shinjuku Station to Kobuchizawa Station on the JR Chuo Line. Once you arrive in Kobuchizawa, change to the JR Koumi Line for Kiyosato Station—around 25 minutes. Check your final location carefully, however, because many of the area's attractions are accessed from stations south of Kobuchizawa Station.

Quick Facts

Mt. Yatsugatake means the mountain with eight peaks

The pure waters of this region are used to make high-quality rice, award-winning sake and delicious whisky

The entire area is known for its breathtaking autumn colors

Yamanashi Meijo Brewery & Suntory Hakushu Distillery

Hokuto hosts two of Japan's finest producers of spirits. Yamanashi Meijo Brewery (Shichiken Sake Brewery) has been producing fine sake since 1750. Suntory Hakushu Distillery has been producing delicious whisky from the pure waters of the Southern Japan Alps since 1973. This distillery is just one of a tiny handful of distilleries around the world that work with several different types of pot still to bring out distinctive flavors in their whisky.

Art galleries, fine foods and rarified entertainment

With the Kiyoharu Art Colony, the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum , the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection , there are art galleries covering the whole artistic spectrum. This area of Yamanashi prides itself on its varied collections of tourist spots, eateries and events.

The Kiyosato Field Ballet, held in the forests of Kiyosato, is just one of the many cultural events that take place each year in this area. You will be pleasantly surprised to find restaurants serving fine international cuisine in the remotest of locations.

Hundreds of thousands of sunflowers, a 2,000-year-old cherry tree and breathtaking natural scenery

Whether you come to the Kiyosato and Hokuto area in spring, summer, winter or fall, there is always something to see and do. In spring, the ancient Yamataka Jindaizakura Cherry Tree is a huge crowd pleaser. This 2,000-year-old tree is said to be one of the oldest in Japan. The fields of sunflowers in Akeno, and the flowers around Heidi Village , are sure to please during the summer months. In the fall, the view from Higashizawa Bridge is superb. In winter, you can try winter sports at Sunmeadows Kiyosato Ski Resort.

Hiking in the mountains of northern Yamanashi

The Kiyosato and Hokuto region of Yamanashi is well known to outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you want to stroll for an hour or hike for a full day, you can find the perfect hiking course here.

For those looking for an easy walk, there is the Shingen Bomichi , a road which dates back to the Warring States Period some 500 years ago. Mt. Mizugaki is a good full-day hike for those who would like more of a challenge. Finally, for those looking to really stretch their legs for a day or two, Mt. Yatsugatake offers many hiking courses of varying degrees of difficulty.

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