|View of Lake Kawaguchi from Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway|
|Day Tour by Club Tourism YOKOSO Japan Tour|
Our 1st stop is at Chateau Kastsunuma Winery (株式会社シャトー勝沼 ) whereby we were given roughly 30 minutes to shop around plus having some wine tasting. Upon entering the shop, each visitor is given a plastic cup where we could help ourself with the wine from the specific wine barrels.
Katsunuma Chateau Ltd
4729, Katsunuma-cho Hishiyama
8:30am - 5:00pm (Weekday)
9:00am - 5:00pm(Weekend)
Yamanashi (山梨県, the Kingdom of Fruit). Many farms and orchards there are open to the public and visitors so that they could pick their own fruits from blueberries, cherries, plums and strawberries to persimmons. The picking seasons are available from April to November, with more variety in the summer months from July - August.
Misaka Farm Grape House (御坂農園グレープハウス - 山梨県笛吹市)
６５６-１ Misakacho Natsumehara, Fuefuki,
Yamanashi Prefecture 406-0804, Japan
8:30am – 5:00pm (Daily)
Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) which is easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. And also the best views of Mount Fuji can be seen from the lake's northern shores and are particularly breathtaking during the cherry blossom season which is around mid April and the Autumn colors around the first half of November.
|Beautiful Maple Leaves near the Lake area.|
Lake Kawaguchi Rest House Funatuya (レストハウス ふなつや) and each one of us was given the Houtou Hot Pot Set which cost ¥1050 (SG$13.70). For your information Houtou is a Japanese one-pot dish with vegetables, meat, and noodles/dumplings that are simmered in miso broth.
|Houtou Hot Pot Set from Rest House Funatuya|
Lake Kawaguchi Rest House Funatuya
4036 Funatsu Fuji Kawaguchiko-cho Minamitsuru-gun
Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0301
8：30am - 18：30pm
Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway (天上山公園カチカチ山ロープウェイ) station which was about 5 minutes away from the Rest House Funatuya Restaurant. Along the way, our hearts were captured by the beauty of the autumn laves.
Mount Fuji (富士山).
|View of Mount Fuji from Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway|
MT KACHI KACHI ROPEWAY
1163-1 Azagawa Fujikawaguchiko-machi, minamituru-gun
Yamanashi 401-0303 Japan
Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0303, Japan
9:30am – 4:45pm (daily)
Kawaguchiko 5th Station (富士山 河口湖 五合目) which was indeed a regret for us. But to compensate for the changes on the itinerary, we get to visit Koyodai in Narusawa (紅葉台) as well as the Narusawa Ice Cave (鳴沢氷穴).
Koyodai (紅葉台) is one of the smaller mountains at south of the lake which is famous ad named after its autumn colours (koyo). And before we could get to see the magnificent view of Mount Fuji in Autumn look we need to go through a roughly 20 minute hike from the car park area. Along the way, there were steep slopes, rocky paths and etc so one has to be extra careful and be well prepared with good walking shoes and a stick to support/balance while going uphill or down slope.
|View of Mount Fuji (富士山) in Autumn from Koyodai|
Kawaguchiko 5th Station (富士山 河口湖 五合目) soon.
Narusawa Ice Cave (鳴沢氷穴) which is a cave formed by Lava from Mt.Fuji (富士山), located in Aokigahara Jukai (the Sea of Forest). The average temperature is about 37°F (3 degree Celsius) for all year. The cave is covered with ice all year, and you could also find icicle every where in the cave which sometimes grown up 90ft. long and 1.5 ft. wide. The entire cave is 450ft and it is also one of natural monuments.
|Entrance of the Narusawa Ice Cave|
¥280 (SG$3.60) for adult.
¥530 (SG$7.00) per box of 12 cookies.
NARUSAWA ICE CAVE
8533 Narusawa Village Minamitsuru-gun
Yamanashi Prefecture 〒 410-0320
Telephone: (0555) 85 2301
9:00am to 17:00pm (Daily)
Negishi (ねぎし) which is a beef tongue restaurant about 8 - 10 minutes away from Shinjuku (新宿) station. Overall Negishi serve quite good quality food at very reasonable price ranging from ¥900 (SG$11.70) to ¥1500 (SG$19.60) depending on your choice. And their signature dishes are grilled beef tongue (red or white portion) and beef stew which you could order as a set meal together with barley rice, clear oxtail soup, pickles and Japanese yam/Tororo (山药 /淮山).
¥1340 (SG$17.50). Just to share, the bowl of Tororo sauce (grated Japanese yam flavoured with soy sauce) is very nutritious which could helps to combat fatigue and it produce a better result when mixed and eaten together with the mugimeshi (barley rice). Whereas the the clear oxtail soup is made by placing a sliced of sliced beef tongue placed into a soup and simmered over long hours. It helps promote longevity and strength as well as collagen that helps to restore beauty too.
¥470 (SG$6.15) which was fresh and crunchy. Love their Caesar sauce which perfect this salad and goes well with our main above.
11:00am - 23:00pm (daily)