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ITINERARIES An Overnight Hot Springs Tour in Yamanashi Bathe like royalty in a hot spring discovered by a former feudal lord

Enjoy hot springs first discovered by a 17th-century warlord, as well as temples and local cuisine

Visit Yamanashi's legendary hot springs, said to have been discovered by warlord Shingen Takeda when he was taking control of local gold mines. Easily accessible from Tokyo, these springs are ideal for rest and relaxation after touring local temples and Mt. Amari.

Highlights

    The therapeutic waters of Masutomi Onsen
    Hoto—a hearty stew and Yamanashi staple
    The exquisite landscaped gardens at Erinji Temple

How to Get There

From Tokyo: 1 hour 30 minutes

From Shinjuku Station, take the JR Chuo Main Line Limited Express to Enzan Station.

Day 1

15 minutes

Take Yamanashi Kotsu Bus from Enzan Station to the Erinji bus stop.

Erinji Temple Feudal artifacts and a landscape garden

Immerse yourself in the history of Erinji, a family temple of Shingen Takeda dating back to 1330. View a helmet, war fan and flag once belonging to the feudal lord. Tour the landscape gardens designed by monk Kokushi Muso and enjoy a cup of matcha while contemplating your surroundings.

10 minutes

Hokoji Temple The "temple of flowers"

The grounds of Hokoji Temple are full of flowers that bloom at different times of the year, such as plum blossoms, camellias, cherry blossoms, kerrias, and peonies. Another reason many come to Hokoji Temple is to pray for luck in love.

2 hours 30 minutes

Take a bus back to Enzan Station. Get on a train to Nirasaki Station. From there, board a Yamanashi Kotsu bus bound for Masutomi Onsen.

Masutomi Onsen Bathing fit for royalty

Soak in the healing waters of one of Yamanashi Prefecture’s two nationally recognized theraputic onsen spas. A quiet resort in the mountains, Masutomi Onsen was one of Lord Shingen’s unexpected hot springs discoveries and later became popular with artists and nobility. The temperature of the water is moderate and perfect for taking a long bath.

Hoto Hearty Yamanashi fare

For dinner, feast on the Yamanashi specialty called hoto, a warming hotpot dish in which flat, wheat-flour noodles are boiled with miso and locally grown seasonal vegetables. Usual ingredients include pumpkin, taro, burdock root and wild boar.

Day 2

1 hour 40 minutes

Take a bus back to Nirasaki Station, then take a taxi to the mountain

Mt. Amari A blaze of color in June

Join throngs of hikers in June to admire the Japanese azaleas that cover the mountain. Irises and rosebays bloom at other times of the year. Mt. Amari is relatively easy to climb and on clear days you can get a great view of Mt. Fuji.

30 minutes

Hakusan Hot Springs Day-trippers also welcome

Hakusan Onsen is where Shingen Takeda’s ancestors are said to have settled. The geothermal waters from this natural hot spring are renowned for their healing properties and are especially appreciated after climbing the 1,731-meter Mt. Amari.

More to Explore
Kofu Visit some of Japan’s best orchards and wineries

These onsen are located in Koshu, a region famous in Japan for its fruit and wineries. Extend your trip to indulge in a wine tour in the broader Kofu basin, or visit a farm where you can pick and eat your own fruit.

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