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We also recommend Yamanashi as a place to hold a training camp!

Many athletes from Yamanashi compete at an international level. Here we introduce recommendations from athletes currently competing in international tournaments, and sports experts.

Naito EharaSwimming Race

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 800m Freestyle Relay 3rd place
    2016 Japan Championship 400m Freestyle 1st place
    2015 World Championship
    2015 Universiade 200m Freestyle 4th place
    2013 East Asian Games 200m Freestyle 1st place
  • Recommended facilities
    Kose Sports Park

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Toru SuzukiAthletics Men's High Jump

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Teruya GotoRugby

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 4th place
  • Recommended facilities
    Fuji Hokuroku Park


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Yosuke NakayamaWeightlifting

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 62kg 12th place
    2015 World Championship
    2014 World Championship
    2010 World Championship
  • Recommended facilities
    Hikawa High School Weightlifting Gym

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Keisuke NozawaAthletics Men's 400m Hurdles

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro (Semifinal)
    2016 Japan Championship 1st place
    2013 East Asian Games 3rd place
    2013 Universiade 6th place
  • Recommended facilities
    Kose Sports Park Athletic Field

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Yuka SatoTriathlon 

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 15th place
    2014 Japan Championship 1st place
    2014 Asian Games Mixed relay 1st place
    2010 Youth Olympic Games 1st place
  • Recommended facilities
    Lake Saiko (Triathlon)

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Tatsuhiro YonemitsuWrestling


Holding a training camp in Yamanashi Prefecture before the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Tokyo has much appeal for athletes. In particular, I recommend the facilities around my hometown of Fujiyoshida, and the Fuji Five Lakes area.
First of all, I would like to recommend the stunning nature around Fujiyoshida and Fuji Five Lakes, and the World Cultural Heritage Site Mt. Fuji. This area is famous for strong energy which emanates from the local shrines, temples, and nature created by sacred Mt. Fuji. Such places are considered to have mystical energy, and are known for having an extremely positive effect on the mind and body. I was born and raised in Fujiyoshida, at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and absorbed the energy from sacred Mt. Fuji on a daily basis. I believe this has given me physical strength which enables me to compete on the world stage. I also think that the geographical conditions are perfect for training. As it is located 800m above sea level, the Fuji Five Lakes area enables the natural strengthening of cardiopulmonary function. Also, its close proximity to Tokyo is an important point for athletes.
Another attraction of the Fujiyoshida and Fuji Five Lakes area is the water. This is meltwater from Mt. Fuji, which has been filtered for decades through underground lava. In this area, you can drink mineral-rich tap water which is good for the body, and enjoy its delicious, cool taste even in the middle of summer. Yoshida udon noodles are also good.
Finally, I think the support from the surrounding people is essential for athletes. When I competed in the Olympic Games, I enjoyed the passionate support of the people of my hometown of Fujiyoshida and also of the whole of Yamanashi Prefecture. This support heled me greatly, and enabled me to win a gold medal. Athletes who hold a training camp in Yamanashi will enjoy the support and hospitality of the people of Yamanashi.

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Yuji TakadaWrestling

  • Main achievements
    2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Deputy Chef de Mission
    1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles 52kg 3rd place
    1976 Olympic Games Montreal 52kg 1st place
  • Recommended facilities
    The whole of Yamanashi

Yamanashi’s appeal as a training camp location lies in its beautiful natural scenery, and its extremely clear air and water. In particular, the mountainous regions of the northern foothills of Mt. Fuji and Yatsugatake are at a semi-high altitude, enabling athletes to make adjustments in a cool and pleasant environment.
I highly recommend you make an exploratory visit to Yamanashi. You will be able to see how a high quality training camp can be held in its safe and sanitary environment.

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Satomi SuzukiSwimming Race


Yamanashi Prefecture is full of greenery and is extremely relaxing.
Its local cuisine is delicious and the hot springs relieve you of fatigue.
It is a great place in which to prepare mentally and physically.

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Keiko Tsuneyoshi(Nakagomi)Archery

I recommend Midorigaoka Sports Park and Shikishima Sogo Park.
Midorigaoka Sports Park is easily accessible, and is near to hot spring accommodation facilities. Its archery court is used by local high schools and is well-maintained, so it is a great place in which to practice.
Shikishima Sogo Park has wonderful scenic views, and is in a quiet environment, making it the perfect place in which to focus on training. In addition, thanks to the abundant nature and delicious water, Yamanashi Prefecture has an enriching cuisine which is perfect for building one’s physical strength.

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Chie TsujiVolleyball

Kose Sports Park Martial Arts Stadium is a pleasant air-conditioned facility. In addition to martial arts, it is also used for volleyball, with space for two courts. It also has a large training room, complete with the latest equipment.
Although it is located only 100 minutes from Tokyo, it offers a natural environment in which you can relax and train, surrounded by mountains over 3,000m in height, including the World Heritage site Mt. Fuji.
Yamanashi Prefecture is an extremely pleasant area, with an abundance of fruit, such as grapes and peaches, the longest hours of daylight in Japan, and clear water.
There are plenty of hot spring accommodation facilities around the stadium. Each area of the prefecture has passion and a strong sense of unity toward sport, and is sure to offer excellent hospitality to visitors from overseas.

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Hiroki FujishimaCanoe Sprint

One of the merits of holding a training camp in Yamanashi Prefecture is the cool daytime climate, even in summer. Also, many national tournaments are held at Lake Shojiko and Lake Kawaguchiko, so the area has good training facilities. You can train in a natural environment with Mt. Fuji in the background. The air and water are clean, and you can drink delicious, cool tap water throughout the year. As it is a tourist spot, there are plenty of accommodation facilities, and its hot springs help you to relax your tired body after training.

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Motomi KawamuraHockey

I recommend the Yamanashi Gakuin University Hockey Stadium, where I normally train. Compared to other hockey grounds, it has superior facilities and is easy to use. It is possible to train in an environment on a par with that of an international tournament, and hold practice games.
When I go overseas, I look forward to seeing famous buildings and World Heritage sites. I recommend Yamanashi Prefecture as the World Heritage site Mt. Fuji can be seen from a range of places.

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