What to do and see in Minami Alps, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

September 25, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Discover the best top things to do in Minami Alps, Japan including Nakagomi Fruit Orchard, Mt. Kitadake, Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden, Yashajin Toge, Minami Inaga Lake, Ando Residence, Toka Ichi, Mt. Kushigata, Midaiminami Park, Furusato Bunka Denshokan.
Restaurants in Minami Alps

1. Nakagomi Fruit Orchard

2281-1 Iino, Minami Alps 400-0222, Yamanashi Prefecture +81 90-1664-2921
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
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2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Nakagomi Fruit Orchard

Nakagomi Orchard is fruit picking farm located in Minami Alps City, Yamanashi pref. You can enjoy various fruit pickings for every June - December period. Please feel free to visit us with your family, friends and colleagues!

Reviewed By Rochelle H

I volunteered at the orchard for about 1 month in November. It was a GREAT experience! Every day we had interesting conversations, delicious food, beautiful views, and something new to do. I've lived in Japan before and met lots of people, but among them all, Kazu was able to share the most knowledge about Japanese culture, fruit farming, and many years' worth of overseas experiences. I would recommend it to anyone seriously interested in Japanese culture who also appreciates quiet days in the countryside.

2. Mt. Kitadake

Ashiyasu Ashikura, Minami Alps 400-0401, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Mt. Kitadake

Reviewed By Tomokiamano

The mountain area around Mount Kita is one of the most popular in Japan. Access points for climbing are at Hirogawara to the east and Ryomata to the west. However,most people choose to climb from Hirogawara, where facilities are better.
There are three main access routes to the summit of Mount Kita. The first starts out in Hirogawara and follows the Okanbazawa River up through the Daisekkei Valley Another route leaves the river valley earlier and emerges from the forest at Shiraneoike-Kusasuberi. A third trail runs from Ryomata at the trail head near Nakashiranezawa to the summit of the mountain.
The main mountain huts in the vicinity of Mount Kita are the Kitadakekatano Hut , the Kitadake Mountain Cottage.
As for the scnery of the morning , as sea of clouds is very beautiful. But you should take a warm thing because it is cold at night. I have climbed this moutain many times. Mount Kita is really beautiful.

3. Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden

1202 Nishino, Minami Alps 400-0213, Yamanashi Prefecture +81 55-282-6267
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden

We grow many kind of Fruits ... Cherrys, Plums,Peaches,Grapes Let enjoy Fruits hunting Darling such glowing season! It is the farm where a child can enjoy reliable cherry hunting. Association of Minami-Alps-shi sightseeing participation Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden is "Oisix""Daich wo mamoru kai" tie-up farm. I go the cherry hunting from the end of May to the end of June.

Reviewed By MickJp

Ono's Orchid & Fruit Tree Garden is a family-owned farm running by the generations of people with high skill in growing and breeding orchid as well as cherry, grape, and plum. They are serving not only delicious but also safe fruit from their own fruit ranch. The mail order service via internet is available.

4. Yashajin Toge

Minami Alps 400-0401, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Yashajin Toge

Reviewed By R32GTS4 - Japan

近くの宿に泊まったので行ってみることに、多くの方が登山靴を履いている中運動靴で少し上ってみたところ、さすがに急勾配が続き途中で引き返して来た程です、行かれる方はしっかりとした靴で行かれることをおすすめします。

5. Minami Inaga Lake

Kamiichinose, Minami Alps 400-0317, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Minami Inaga Lake

Reviewed By Belinda S

Went there during early spring and the night before it was snowing, so it was a little difficult to hike the trails and quite dangerous (for me anyway). But the view is beautiful and there were nobody else around...so peaceful :) We got to hitch hike back to our accommodation too (which is about 20-30mins drive)..lucky us!
Japanese people are really kind and would try their best to help..

6. Ando Residence

4302, Nishinango, Minami Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture +81 55-284-4448
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Ando Residence

Reviewed By tomizuta1953 - Funabashi, Japan

I visited the Ando Residence in May 2017. It is now owned by Yamanashi Prefecture and open to the public. Seasonal events are held here and we went to see the May boy's day celebration props from the past found in the area. This is the former residence of a a wealthy family the head of which was the village chief for many generations. The main building was built in the early eighteenth century and has been incredibly well kept. It is very spacious equivalent to that of a middle ranking samurai. A Boy's Day display of the prominent Ogasawara Family was on display in the tea ceremony room facing the garden. If you are interested in Boy's Day celebration held in May, please read my article on my homepage Rediscovering Japan (May).

7. Toka Ichi

Minami Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Toka Ichi is held every February 10th and 11th in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture. The festival, a harbinger of spring in the Kofu Basin, since long ago has been popular with a great many people. For a distance of 1.1 Kilometers, the Nirasaki-Minami-Alps Central Route prefectural road is lined with shops selling good-luck items such as Dharma dolls and a wide variety of other goods, to the point that it is said, "The only things they don't sell at the Toka Ichi are cats' eggs and horses' horns." During the festival, a stage at the site hosts a variety of shows, such as the singing of popular ballads, miming, and folk entertainment, with the result that both days of the festival are thronged with visitors.

Reviewed By 猫 - 横浜

二月十日に開催される「とうかいち」です。「十日市で売っていないものは猫のたまごと馬の角」というキャッチフレーズがある程、何でも揃う盛大なお祭りでしたが、出店が減って、中止になり、存続の危機に瀕していますが、復活してくれてよかったです。昔に比べたらさみしくなりましたが、これからも頑張ってほしいと思います。

8. Mt. Kushigata

Minami Alps 400-0401, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
50%
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50%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Mt. Kushigata

Reviewed By カム - Tokyo, Japan

案外楽に行けるトレッキングルート。
普通の運動靴でも大丈夫な初心者向け。
歩きやすい靴であればトレッキングシューズでなくともOK。杖もあったほうが楽だが、なくても行ける。
駐車場のある登山口には簡単な地図と所要時間、時期に咲いている花などが表示してある。
トイレも完備されているので、こちらで済ませて行こう。
私が通ったルートには山頂までの間にトイレはなかった。
山頂までなら1時間半ほどでいけるが、注意しないと地味な山頂表示を通り過ぎてあやめ平まで行ってしまう。
山頂に眺望はなく、木立に囲まれているせいだ。
途中、木立の切れ目から富士山、北岳、荒川岳など、違う方向の南アルプスが大きく見える場所があるので、そういう場所で小休止するといい。
この時期、あやめはまだ咲いていないが、登山道には小さな白い花やスミレなどが咲き乱れていて目を楽しませてくれる。
子供や高齢者でもOKの入門コースだ。

9. Midaiminami Park

Minami Alps 400-0401, Yamanashi Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4 based on 5 reviews

Midaiminami Park

Reviewed By marimomo - Kyoto, Japan

南アルプス市をドライブしていたら、公園があったので
立ち寄ってみました。
川沿いをのんびり歩いたり、ジョギングしたりできる公園で、
水遊びができるところもありました。
女性一人で、ウォーキングをしている人もいました。
家族連れでも、ひとりでものんびりできる公園です。

10. Furusato Bunka Denshokan

2727 Yagoshima, Minami Alps 400-0205, Yamanashi Prefecture +81 55-282-7408
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
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5 based on 2 reviews

Furusato Bunka Denshokan

Reviewed By ちろわんこ - Japan

この博物館には縄文時代のユニークな土器や土偶が多数展示されています。縄文時代は学校の歴史の授業では、弥生時代との対比程度くらいの扱いであっという間に先に進んでしまいがちです。しかし、この博物館の展示品を見ているとその地味な印象がガラッと一変することとと思います。
鋳物師屋遺跡から出土された人体文様付有孔鍔付土器と円錐形土偶(どちらも重要文化財)をお目当てに行きました。残念なことに訪問時はどちらも青森の是川縄文館で開催されていた「山の縄文世界展」に出品していました。レプリカを撮影して帰ってきましたが、今度は本物の写真を撮りに再度来館したいです。
学芸員の方も大変親切で、穴が開くくらい土器を見ていたら話しかけてきてくださって興味深いお話をたくさん拝聴することができました。なかでも、武田信玄の治水事業によって逆に水害にさらされるリスクが高まってしまった地域があったことを教えていただいたことは大収穫でした。現地に足を運んで学ぶことの大切さを再認識ました。

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