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A Landscape Interwoven with Vineyards: Kyoto District, Yamanashi Prefecture

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The eastern part of the Kofu basin is covered in vineyards, from the plains at the bottom of the valley to the top of the slopes along its edges. In early summer, the vineyards resemble a luxuriant carpet of deep green, and in the fall change into an ever-shifting riot of color. Each season provides a fascinating variety of scenery. Grape cultivation is said to have begun during the Nara era (710-794). The knowledge and creativity of the ancestors transformed what was once rice paddies and mulberry orchards into a beautiful landscape of vineyards. Today, the wine produced from the vineyards has become the daily beverage of choice in the region. Traditional techniques and buildings that inform us of the history of the region remain an important part of the scenery and continue to attract visitors to the area.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

From Tokyo Area
  • Train
    • It is approximately one hour 30 minutes by to Kofu of JR Chuo Line limited express Kaiji to Enzan Station from Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station (about 90 minutes) → Enzan Station → about 5 minutes → Yamanashi City Station → about 5 minutes → Isawa Onsen Station
  • Car
    • 1 hour and 20 minutes from Shinjuku to IC Central Expressway to Central Expressway Katsunuma IC Shinjuku IC → (about 80 minutes) → Katsunuma IC → (about 10 minutes) → Ichinomiya Misaka IC
  • Express Bus
    • It takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes from Busta Shinjuku to Katsunuma bus stop by express bus for Kofu and Ryuo Busta Shinjuku → Katsunuma Bus Stop → Ichinomiya Bus Stop → Isawa Bus Stop

CONTACT

  • Yamanashi Prefecture
    Tourism Department
    Tourism Resources Section
  • ADRESS: 〒400-8501 1-6-1, Marunouchi, Koufu-shi, Yamanashi
  • TEL:055-223-1573

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A Landscape Interwoven with Vineyards: Kyoto District, Yamanashi Prefecture

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