Koshinetsu | Nagano
When it comes to fruits there is no better place in Japan for them than Yamanashi Prefecture. One of the prefecture’s most liked experiences is picking grapes, peaches and plums during the harvest seasons. As a mountainous region Yamanashi is also a top destination for hikers and mountaineers as well as the superb view over Mount Fuji from the north and the natural beauty of Fuji Five Lakes and Shosen-kyo. For those coming to Japan during the summer and need an escape from the heat, Nagano Prefecture is your place to go. Nagano’s cool climate combined with the historical appeal of the famous Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s oldest shrines in Suwa Taisha and beautiful hiking trails make it an ideal retreat for everyone.
Moving slightly towards the east you come across Niigata prefecture, home to the Japanese most important food: rice. Apart from its delicious rice and fine ricewine, or sake, Niigata is also home to some of Japan’s largest festivals. Fuji Rock Festival held towards the end of July is Japan’s largest outdoor music event and the Nagaoka Festival held afterwards is one of the three biggest fireworks displays. Whether you are an outdoors person or an outgoing person, Koshinetsu has something to offer for each of you!