The view of Japan’s iconic mountain rising beyond Lake Yamanaka’s waters draws photography buffs from around the country. And despite its proximity to Tokyo, this long-established resort area also offers peaceful meanders through woods and around shrines, scenic villages and quietly artful places like the Itchiku Kubota Museum, featuring the singular works of the late textile artist. Fans of Yukio Mishima will want to visit the literary museum exhibiting his letters and published writings on the lake’s south shore. Still more Fuji views can be had at one of Yamanashi’s many U-pick berry and fruit farms. After all of the fresh air, tuck into a delicious bowl of steaming hoto noodles cooked in miso broth, a regional specialty.

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    From Shinjuku
    Take the JR Chuo Line to Otsuki; transfer to the Fuji Kyuko Line to Fujiyama; transfer to bus to Asahigaoka. Alternatively, take the bus bound for Yamanaka-ko (Asahigaoka) (135 minutes),
    From Tokyo Haneda Airport / HND
    Take the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa; transfer to the JR Yamanote Line to Shinjuku; follow directions at left. (200 minutes),
    From Narita Airport / NRT
    Take the Narita Express to Shinjuku; follow directions at left. (260 minutes)