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NATURE

Yamanashi’s main charms are its clear water and air, its stunning mountains, including the World Cultural Heritage Site Mt. Fuji, and its hot springs, which have various healing effects. It offers the perfect environment in which to focus on training, and to relax afterward.

Famous waters to support athletes

Yamanashi Prefecture is the home of famous waters, and has many scenic spots which are among the top 100 exquisite waters of Japan. It is known as a mineral water source, and supplies 25.9% of the country’s mineral water (as of 2013). The high quality tap water is soft, with an average hardness of 53mg/L, and is delicious to drink. Yamanashi’s exceptional water will support your training.

Famous waters of Yamanashi


Ojiragawa Gorge / Jinjataki Waterfall


Oshino Hakkai


Nishizawa Gorge

Beautiful mountains

Yamanashi Prefecture is surrounded on all sides by mountains. Its many popular climbing and hiking spots include Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, the Southern Alps, and Yatsugatake. You can feel the rich nature all around you as you train. With stunning scenery and clear air, it is also the perfect place in which to relax.

Famous mountains of Yamanashi


Mt.Fuji


Mt. Kitadake(the Southern Alps)


Mt. Akadake(Yatsugatake)

Hot springs to relieve fatigue

As the home of famous waters, Yamanashi is a treasury of high quality Onsen hot spring. You can enjoy a range of hot springs, from famous historic bathing spots, to those with stunning lakeside views. The water type of the springs varies, so you can choose those that suit your preferences.

Yumura Onsenkyo Hot Spring Resort (Kofu City)

A historic Onsenkyo resort, 10 minutes by car from Kofu Station. It is well-known as the hidden Onsen of the military commander Lord Takeda Shingen, who was active in the Warring States Period approximately 450 years ago.

Quality: Sodium, calcium, chloride spring, and others.
Benefits: Good for cuts, neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff joints, bruises, and relief from fatigue, etc.

Isawa Onsenkyo Hot Spring Resort (Fuefuki City)

Yamanashi’s largest Onsenkyo resort, located in the center of the Kofu Basin. Surrounded by beautiful fruit tree gardens, with grapes, peaches and other fruits, the resort has an abundance of sights.

Quality: Simple alkaline spring
Benefits: Good for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, bruises, chronic gastrointestinal disorders, sensitivity to cold, and relief from fatigue, etc.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Hot Spring Resort (Fujikawaguchiko Town)

A Onsenkyo resort located at the side of Lake Kawaguchiko in the northern foothills of Mt. Fuji. Gazing at the magnificent Mt. Fuji while bathing at a lakeside inn surrounded by abundant nature is an exceptional experience.

Quality: Calcium, sodium, sulphate, chloride spring, and others.
Benefits: Good for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, motor paralysis, bruises, sprains, and relief from fatigue, etc.

 

The relationship between Onsen bathing and sports

Generally, hot water bathing (over 42ºC) is said to promote sympathetic nerve activity, while bathing in lukewarm water (lower than 39ºC) is said to activate parasympathetic nerve activity. Yamanashi has many Onsens, so you can choose one which suits your needs. For example, if your aim is to relieve fatigue, you can select a lukewarm bath.

Supervision: Yamanashi Gakuin University

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