“ Appreciation of art, nature and culture in Yamanashi ”
Really enjoyed the day trip with Tomo. I knew I wanted to see some of the caves and forest in Yamanashi and wasn't up for making a climb up Mount Fuji, and needed recommendations on how else to spend the day. It was, unfortunately, very cloudy on the day of my trip, but she filled it with interesting sights even without the view of Fujiyama. We trekked through the Aokigahara Forest and Fugaku (Wind Cave). She suggested the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, which at first seemed like just another museum, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The art created through Kubota-san's tie dying Kimonos is impressive and have gained a new appreciation for the work. The gardens and landscape throughout were so tranquil and beautiful. A trip to the Ide Brewery was of note; we not only had the Sake brewery tour, but got a glimpse of a traditional Japanese home and Tea room that has lasted hundreds of years. We finished the day at the Fujisan Sengen Shrine where she shared some history of Shintoism and Buddhism.
In short, Tomo is a kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable guide and would recommend you spend a day with her in Yamanashi should you get the chance!