Enjoy shopping at Kawaguchi-ko Lake and Sai-ko Lake with the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, unique to Yamanashi Prefecture
This time, I came for shopping to “Fuji Oishi Hana Terrace” next to Oishi Park by Kawaguchi-ko Lake. Kawaguchi-ko Lake is one of the Fuji Five Lakes that designated as Fuji-Hakone Izu National Park, and also famous as a spot where you can see the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji.
“Fuji Oishi Hana Terrace” that I visited this time is a new facility opened in July 2017, and there are shops selling sweets, souvenirs and Japanese goods made in Yamanashi Prefecture. This time, I will introduce two shops where you can enjoy shopping unique to Yamanashi Prefecture!
When you visit Kawaguchi-ko Lake and Sai-ko Lake, send fabrics made at the foot of Mt. Fuji to loved ones.
As walked down the stone pave, I found it! I wanted to come to this shop, which has a unique entrance with cherry blossoms, since I heard that this shop carries many valuable products woven in Yamanashi, at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
When I entered the store, these colorful stalls caught my eyes first. I heard that they have been sold very well. Why are they so popular? First of all, these vivid colors. They remind me of Japanese traditional kimonos. I heard that they were carefully woven with time and effort using thread dyed with spring water of Mt. Fuji.
What surprised me is its softness and thinness, which I can see through other side. But wool was contained in the material, and it felt warm and fluffy. It looks comfortable, and shoulders won't get stiff even wearing it for a long time.
I thought this tie is very interesting. An episode that you want to tell someone is behind in this original item. What do you think of the meaning of the design that nine horses are running? It actually shows luck. A word, “UMA KU” (UMA=houses, KU=nine) in Japanese has a same sound of the sentence, which means “anything goes well.” It is wonderful to be able to wear an auspicious item casually.
In the store, they carry many Yamanashi Prefecture's unique products that you want to use for a long time such as linen bath towels that can be used for 10 years, feathery stalls, and Fujizakura Kobo’s original tie with Japanese motif.
Must-buy confectioneries unique to a fruit kingdom, Yamanashi when visiting Kawaguchi-ko and Sai-ko lakes.
The next shop that I would like to introduce is “Ichi no Kura.” Outside of the shop, there was an item, which you can taste 9 types of dried fruits at once, such as kiwi, mango, papaya, strawberry, pine, and so on. Doesn’t it sound good? Yamanashi is really a fruit-rich place. It's closely packed, and would be a good idea to keep it at the office. It looks cute, and is surely appreciated as a souvenir.
What other items do they have? Let's check them out and start shopping!
Inside the store is not spacious, but it is crammed with various products. This is vegetable chips. Dried fruits outside the shop mentioned earlier were good, but this one might be even better to me. When being a bit hungry, this snack would be perfect. Various kinds of vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, banana, and even goya are used. They all are crispy and tasty.
They also carry a freeze-dried Okra, which is hardly find in other stores. The good point is that most of them can be sampled, and you can buy the items, which you never seen or wonder its taste after tasting them. I tried tasting many items, which I was interested in, such as dried goya and coriander-flavored potato sticks. Worth to find out your favorite ones by yourself!
It is also characteristic that there are many products using Yamanashi's locally produced grapes. There are even several types of dried grapes, and various items such as jelly or chocolate coating ones. It was crowded with women and couples when I visited there. After all, dried-fruits is one of the girls’ favorites as a bite.
There are many wooden benches and terraces within the premises. You can relax and enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji while drinking tea.
Also, artistic pieces are hidden in the premises, so it would be fun to look for them.
I went to the second-floor terrace. It happened to be nobody, I had the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji all to myself!
The snow melted, and it was a little warm, so I came to Fuji Oishi Hana Terrace today. Mt. Fuji that can be seen from here is breathtaking. In the summer, you can also enjoy the lavender, which is fully bloomed in the grounds and in the Oishi Park right next door. If I have a chance, I will come to see them again. Why don’t you visit here along with sightseeing in Kawaguchi-ko and Sai-ko lakes?
● Summer 9:30-17:30 / Winter 9:30-17:00
● Closed on Wednesdays
“Ichi no Kura”
● Summer 9:00-18: 00 / Winter 9:00-17:30
● Open year-round
*The above information was last updated on March 7, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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