Akigawa Valley

Koyasu Shrine

Koyasu Shrine

This is a temple where a god of easy child delivery is enshrined. There are many Senjahuda pasted everywhere in the shrine. You can see that many believers are visiting from this. All the ladles sold here have cups without the bottom. It was said that they were made this way to wish for an easy childbirth. The festival called Norabou matsuri which is named after the local speciality vegetable, Norabou-na, is held every March. The shrine sits quietly in nature. It gives you a sense of life starting off from the way this place is decorated with a wish for a easy child delivering.

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Koutokuji Temple

Koutokuji Temple

The Koutokuji temple was built in 1373 as one of the temples of the Kenchoji School of Rinsai Buddhism. A huge Japanese nutmeg tree and a magnificent latifolia tree, both of which are natural treasures of the Tokyo government, give us a feel of history. The ’Soumon’, which is the internal gate, retains its 13th century design. Beyond this gate is a big gingko tree. This tree sheds its yellow leaves in the autumn, creating a sea of yellow. The locals enjoy viewing the different sceneries every season.

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Kurochaya Restaurant

Kurochaya Restaurant

The over 250 years old Shoya style house is now turned into a local’s favorite Kaiseki restaurant which mainly serves grilled dish. The water mill and the entrance before you get to the gate or the bamboo forest on the ground gives you a feeling of Japanese “Wa”. The scenery from the room and the illumination at night change their look seasonally or at different times, and entertain you differently in each season. Locals use this restaurant for special occasions like wedding or funeral. The private rooms are usually occupied, so making a reservation is a must. A cafe opens for a limited period of time from spring to fall on the riverside, and you can try the special shave ice while gazing the autumn stream.

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Sagohei Houtou Noodle Shop

Sagohei Houtou Noodle Shop

This restaurant serves Houtou with lots of vegetables. It’s very warm that it could even warm up your soul. The combination of piping hot soup and chewy noodles is excellent and the dish is so tasty. Also, people tend to imagine a hot Houtou when you hear the name. However, the restaurant serves the dish cold in summer. It’s Tsuke-men style Houtou and the noodle tastes great with Goma-miso dip. Why is there a Houtou restaurant here when it’s a speciality of Yamanashi? The secret is hidden in the shop. You can try 20 kinds of Sagobei Houtou which has the history since the 16th century.

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Akigawa Bridge River Park

Akigawa Bridge River Park

Akigawa River flows from a mountain in Hinohara Village in the west of Tokyo and is 37 kilometres long. You can directly see the riverside park in front of you, which is located almost halfway along the river. You can also observe fish at close range and enjoy activities, especially barbeques, in a natural forest atmosphere during the summer. The park lends barbeque equipment, so you only have to come prepared with food and drinks. There are some walking trails around the park, so do enjoy the beauty of Akigawa Valley after lunch.

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Tokyo Urayama Base

Tokyo Urayama Base

This café and shop has a changing room, a shower room, souvenirs, food, drinks, and so on. We recommend a variety of drinks, including coffee, tea, mixed juice, beer, and protein juice. We especially recommend mango juice during summer as it has a good combination of sweet and sour taste, and hot citron tea whose sweetness can be adjusted in winter. The café’s interior offers a good background for taking pictures to post on your Instagram account. Additionally, this tourism site offers free Wi-Fi as well as bicycles for hire.

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Umeya Lunch Shop

Umeya Lunch Shop

This shop’s bento lunch boxes are cheap, tasty, and hearty. On the shop’s sign board, it said “Meat hot hot Western lunch box”. We recommend you to try the fried chicken lunch box which chicken is crispy and juicy, and it tastes great with boiled rice. The price is also reasonable. Local students and males love this hearty lunch box. They also look forward to eating its side-dish, which changes every day, such as potato-salad, Japanese Neapolitan spaghetti, and so on. Many locals often buy from the hors-d'oeuvre menu.

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Murano mom-and-pop candy store

Murano mom-and-pop candy store

This candy store is over 30 years old has an antiquated atmosphere. The number of candy stores in Japan is now decreasing so that such a store is rare to see in town. Once you walked into the store, the friendly owner who loves to chat with visitors will welcome you. The store has much variety of choice, and you can see traditional Japanese cheap sweets here. Handwritten price tags and an abacus make us feel a sweet sense of déjà vu and homely atmosphere.

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Otowazushi Restaurant

Otowazushi Restaurant

The name of Otowazushi includes the sound ‘sushi’, but this restaurant does not deal in sushi alone but, also, grilled eel, Chinese, and Japanese-style bar foods. There is also ‘Akigawa beef’ which is locally raised and is the highest ranked Japanese-beef. Locals often order many more foods than they need. The many rebellious menus on the wall are fun to read while waiting for your order. If you are unsure about what to order, we recommend the ‘extra-spicy dam dam noodle’. Even people who love spicy food feel their physical limitations reached with this noodle, but the pepper taste is good.

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Miyabayashi Glass Shop

Miyabayashi Glass Shop

The man who can solve all window glass problems in Itsukaichi town is here at this shop. This shop opened 50 years ago and is still operating with two more members of the owner’s family. It deals in glass and mirrors. The vacuum glass is at the cutting edge of technology, which has four times the insulation, and is recommended by the owner. You may learn about the world of glass from the owner if he has enough time free to explain it.

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