Oshino Hakkai - a World Heritage site near Mt. Fuji and a nice day trip from Tokyo

by Chiaki

Lately I visited Oshino Hakkai near Mt. Fuji. 

Oshino is a village name in Yamanashi Prefecture, and Hakkai means eight seas (or waters).  As its name shows, Oshino Hakkai is an area with eight natural spring ponds, and you can see picturesque Japanese traditional houses as well.  It is a touristy place indeed, but if you would like to feel what a traditional Japanese village was like, this would be a good option.  You can go there by an express bus in two hours from Tokyo.

Please look at the photos taken there.

Oshino Hakkai - a World Heritage site near Mt. Fuji and a nice day trip from Tokyo

Oshino Hakkai - a World Heritage site near Mt. Fuji and a nice day trip from Tokyo

Oshino Hakkai - a World Heritage site near Mt. Fuji and a nice day trip from Tokyo

 

This is also a part of a UNESCO World Heritage listing "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration."  It includes 25 sites, and 8 of them are 8 ponds of Oshino Hakkai.

You can also enjoy a small bite of Yomogi Mochi, a piece of mugwort-flavored sticky rice cake.  It was tasty and I loved it.  Only 100 yen!

Oshino Hakkai - a World Heritage site near Mt. Fuji and a nice day trip from Tokyo

On a clear day, you might be able to see Mt. Fuji from there (this was taken from a bus).

 

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04 Sep 2017


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Hello, I am Chiaki. I have been living in the central Tokyo area for more than 30 years with my family. I love history, art, architecture and dining, and I am pleased to share my expertise and knowledge as a local and professional. While I was in the UK, I started to look at Japan as an outsider. I found how interesting and attractive Japanese culture is, including its history, art, cuisine, etc, which has made me a guide-interpreter.

Tokyo is one of the world's biggest cities with an interesting mix of tradition and innovation, skyscrapers and gardens, artworks and technology, and so on. It is also a paradise for foodies. Tokyo has all of such things in a very efficient and compact manner with a friendly entrance and a lot of complexity behind. You can enjoy Tokyo for only half a day, but years might not be enough at the same time.

I was born and brought up in Izumo, a historic countryside in the west of Japan, and I lived in the UK as well, but I spent more than half of my life here in Tokyo. It means I know Tokyo very much, but I can look at it from various perspectives. I am pleased to share my understanding based on professional expertise, not only on Tokyo but also Japan, with my new friends from all over the world! I’m always here to support you enjoy Tokyo and Japan! read more


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