Fuji-Q Highland is one of Japan’s most popular theme parks, and from mid-July this year, you’ll be able to enter for free.
The decision to open the park to free entry was made to bolster the fantastic tourism of Mount Fuji together with the many things available to do around Fuji Five Lakes. As it is now, the park, together with the other surrounding sightseeing spots, is a place people only spend a little time at, but by making it free to enter, they hope to increase the way people enjoy themselves.
Fuji-Q Highland plans to introduce more popular schemes and hold collaborative events, as well as events in line with the seasons. They also hope to proactively spread their global chain brand power and attract people to local specialities and famous products. By doing all of this, they aim to develop the area around Mount Fuji to increase tourism in the future.
Look forward to the continued development of the park and what they have planned as they build it into a place that people can enjoy going visiting to enjoy the things they like when they like.
Fuji-Q Highland’s Gaspard and Lisa Town Begins Spring Season Strawberry Festival
Strawberry lovers, listen up. If you’re looking to indulge in strawberry-flavoured desserts all day long, then this fruity festival will have your mouth watering. The Gaspard and Lisa themed town at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi is now holding its annual Strawberry Festa event which is running until May 5.
There are so many tasty treats to enjoy at this year’s event, from cakes and pastries, desserts and drinks—all made with plump and fresh strawberries—that you can enjoy eating while walking around the themed town. One must-try is the Strawberry Pavlova which is made with a meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and is adorned with fresh cream and, of course, strawberries. It’s a hearty serving but is actually a light and refreshing eat.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set at Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Festa exclusive face masks
Guests at the park who spend over ¥3,000 in a single transaction at any shop in the town will receive a free original face mask.
Hotel guest rooms
Meet Gaspard and Lisa in-person
Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Crepe recipe showcase
For those unable to travel due to restrictions, the town has also posted an online video showing how you can makes a strawberry crepe at home.
Chocolate bananas at LA BANANE
A variety of new shops have also opened at Fuji-Q Highland, including Strawberry Fetish which is Japan’s first shop specialising in strawberry hard candy, as well as LA BANANE where you can enjoy chocolate bananas and other treats.
Colourful bagels at BONBON BAGLE
Gaspard and Lisa Town original merchandise
Fuji-Q Highland Gaspard & Lisa Town Strawberry Festa
Running: March 23, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/lisagasevent/
Visit Mount Fuji to Eat Bread That Looks Just Like Japan’s Tallest Mountain
04.January.2021 | FOOD
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN is a sandwich bread shop located in Fujikawaguchiko―a resort town in the northern foothills of Mount Fuji―in Yamanashi Prefecture. The shop is now offering online half price deliveries in Japan on four types of its popular breads until January 2021.
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN’s website offer a range of products all of which are shipped across Japan in cooling packaging to keep everything fresh.
FUJISAN SHOKUPAN | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Perhaps the most famous item on their menu is that which goes by the same name as the shop itself. FUJI SHOKUPAN is a light blue and white sandwich bread which captures the form and appearance of Mount Fuji. Each sweet loaf is made with natural spring water from Fuji as well as Kyoho grape juice from Yamanashi before being baked with the utmost care.
If you get the chance to visit the area around Mount Fuji, or plan on climbing the mountain itself, be sure to mark the occasion by picking up a slice of FUJISAN SHOKUPAN.
Address: 3462-11 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
Official Website: https://fuji3shokupan-2han.com/
Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area Adds New Photo Spots
Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, added new photo spots to its popular Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area on Friday (December 4).
The new spots
New statues of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi have been placed around the park, making the perfect for a photo opportunity and to make guests feel even more like they’re in the world of Naruto.
A new Gaara-inspired ramen dish
¥1,180 (Tax Included)
The area is home to Ramen Ichiraku which is inspired by the ramen bar seen in the Naruto series. There, they have cooked up a new ramen dish inspired by Gaara which comes with a boiled egg with the kanji for ‘love’ (愛) that’s written on the character’s forehead.
Naruto themed hotel rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, has its own special Naruto-themed rooms with references to shinobi and the Hidden Leaf Village dotted everywhere. A new batch of amenities are also set to roll out for guests from February 1, 2021 which will include yukata that dress you like Naruto and Sasuke, face towels with Naruto and Sasuke on them during their final battle, and more.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re in the world of Naruto, look no further than Fuji-Q Highland.
Fuji-Q Highland Naruto x Boruto Hidden Leaf Village
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed:  December 10th /  January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Shinobi Japanese Ninja Suite Room NARUTO
Capacity: 4 People (¥6,000 for each additional person up to 6 people)
*Booking comes with amenities
Fuji-Q Highland Begins Christmas Event at Gaspard and Lisa Town
19.November.2020 | SPOT
Christmas cheer is here at Fuji-Q Highland, the popular amusement park in Yamanashi, where a special Christmas event is taking place at Gaspard and Lisa Town in the park.
Christmas gift set with original tote bag
Hot Coffee Set | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Up until Christmas Day, the Gaspard and Lisa Town shop is selling a special hot coffee set to warm visitors this holiday season which comes with coffee, cookies, and a coffee cup sleeve.
The set comes in a festive tote bag with Gaspard and Lisa celebrating Christmas 2020 around a Christmas tree.
Hot Coffee Set Contents
①Drip Coffee (Gaspard or Lisa version)
②5 Fujiyama Cookies
③Sleeve (Gaspard or Lisa version)
*Tote bags are available while supplies las
Treats for Christmastime
Gaspard and Lisa Christmas Jar Sweets | ¥500 (Tax Included)
At the Les Rêves Salon de thé tea salon, visitors can pick up a jar dessert which contains a sweet and sour tart topped with Gaspard and Lisa shaped cookies. Cafe Brioche is also selling a selection of freshly-made Christmas pastries.
When visitors spend over ¥2,000 in a single transaction at shops in the town they will receive a limited-edition Gaspard and Lisa Christmas coaster.
Send Christmas post to the Gaspard and Lisa creators
When buying something in the town, customers will be handed a Christmas card that they can send a message in to post in the town’s Christmas postbox. The post will be sent to wife and husband Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, the creators of Gaspard and Lisa, in Paris, France. Up on the second floor of the town’s shop are also drawings and messages by the two creators delivered for this year’s Christmas event.
Post Collection: November 14, 2020 – December 13, 2020
Location: Gaspard and Lisa Town Shop
*1 card per transaction, available while supplies last
Meet Gaspard and Lisa
Gaspard and Lisa donning Christmas cloaks will make an appearance on Christmas cloaks to light up the Towatomo Tree. Visitors can also enjoy a soup with a cute Gaspard or Lisa sleeve.
Date: December 25, 2020
Time: From 16:30
Location: Gasprd and Lisa Town’s Towatomo Tree
Soup Only – ¥300 (Tax Included)
Soup & Sleeve – ¥720 (Tax Included)
Wine bottle shaped chocolate
～Le Premier～Le chocolate au vin | ¥2,980 (Tax Included)
The bakers at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa have crafted a new wine bottle-shaped chocolate for the Christmas event. Its sweetness makes it perfect for pairing with wine.
Available: Les Rêves Salon de thé in Gaspard and Lisa Town
©2020 Hachette Livre
Gaspard and Lisa Town Christmas
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Fuji-Q Highland
Address: 5–6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: December 3 / December 10
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Directions to the park: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/access/
Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival 2020 Begins This November
19.October.2020 | SPOT
The Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association will host this year’s Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival, which will be the 22nd run, to help support the tourism industry in the northern region of Fuji which has seen a great impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With much less people travelling to Japan during the pandemic, and the virus having continued for a long time, the Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association is instead focusing on travellers within the country by hosting various events that can be enjoyed at Fujikawaguchiko.
All the necessary precautions will be taken at this year’s festival, including taking people’s temperature upon arrival, the mandatory wearing of face masks, alcohol gel being available at the site, and more. This will protects not only the locals but sightseers too, and so cooperation is being asked of everyone visiting.
At this year’s festival, visitors can look forward to the popular Momiji Tunnel of maple trees which will be lit up at sunset until 10:00pm. The beautiful autumn colours can be enjoyed with Mount Fuji in the background. There will also be food, souvenirs, and a variety of activities to be enjoyed.
The Momiji Tunnel is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Yamanashi during autumn and is nothing less than Instagram-worthy.
22nd Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Around Lake Kawaguchi
Running: November 7, 2020 – November 29, 2020
Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Light up is from sunset to 22:00)
Access: 25 mins from Kawaguchiko Station by bus (nearest bus stop: Itchiku Kubota Art Museum Stop)
*Please observe social distancing and government guidelines in relation to COVID-19.
*Fujikawaguchiko is a World Heritage Site and recognised as a place of natural beauty. Please take your trash home with you.
Celebrate Naruto’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area
Naruto Uzumaki’s birthday falls on October 10, so to celebrate, Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, is holding a birthday festival for the titular character of the popular anime series. The event will be held at the park’s Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area.
Naruto Ramen | ¥1,280 | Available: October 10, 2020 and October 11, 2020
Customers who order the special ramen dish from the ramen bar at the park, which is called Ramen Ichiraku after Naruto’s favourite eatery in the series, will get a huge topping of naruto, a type of Japanese steamed fish-paste cake. Only 100 of these hearty dishes will be served a day.
The park is also holding a social media campaign. If they can reach 7,610 followers—a number which can be read as “na-ru-to” in Japanese—this year, then they’ll hold a lottery for fans to win a special prize.
Naruto Print Cake / Naruto Team 7 Print Cake
Fuji-Q Highland will also serve up two cakes, one with just Naruto and the other with Naruto and the rest of Team 7 including Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.
Jiraiya / Tsunade / Gaara / Itachi
Lastly, from the end of November, life-sized portraits of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi will be set up at the park for fans to take photos with.
ⓒMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Naruto Uzumaki Birthday Festival 2020 – Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website (English): https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
This Irresistible Tart is Made From Rare and Delicious Heart-Shaped Grapes
11.September.2019 | FOOD
Fruit tart specialist shop Qu’il fait bon will be selling a brand new kind of lovable tart which is made using a rare species of grape sourced from Yamanashi prefecture. The tart is currently selling at Grand Maison, Ginza and Hamamatsu. These will be available for a limited period only.
The tart is covered with incredibly rare “My Heart” grapes, which were developed by the grape research institute Shimura Budou Kenkyusho. Growing and cultivating these grapes was no easy task and took an incredible amount of time. There was only a short window of time available to harvest the produce and even then the harvest was small, so stocking up was very difficult. Despite the challenges, these tongue-tantalizing tarts are being sold this year, however, they are in limited supply.
Shine muscat grapes and loubell muscat grapes were crossbred to create this new kind of grape. The marvellous flavour of both parent grapes can be tasted. The new grapes have a high sugar content, a wonderful scent and the skin is wonderfully crunchy.
Take a bite into the special Yamanashi Grape My Heart Tart and you will be filled with a sophisticated fruity flavour. The adorable heart-shaped grapes are layered perfectly on top of a bed of white wine custard. You just have to try this delicious and beautiful tart!
My Heart Tart (Made using grapes from Yamanashi Prefecture)
Prices*: ¥936 a slice /￥9,363 per whole tart (25cm)
*Prices after tax
Release Period: September 7 ー End of September, 2019
Available at: Qu’il fait bon Grand Maison, Ginza/ Hamamatsu
More Information: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/mtr/2019-MyHeart.php
Official Website: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/
Mitama Hot Spring in Yamanashi Ranks in Japan’s Top 100 Night Views & Registers as Night View Heritage
07.September.2019 | SPOT
Located in the beautiful little town of Ichikawamisato in Yamanashi Prefecture is Mitama Hot Spring, a “day-trip” type hot spring, which has just received a double award: it has been listed as one of Japan’s Top 100 night views for the first time, and as a Night View Heritage of Japan.
Mitama Hot Spring is built on the southern tip of the Kōfu Basin―Kōfu being Yamanashi’s capital city－which can be viewed in a breathtaking 180 degree panoramic view from the northern side of the open-air baths. The majority of the hot spring also faces the south which means a breathtaking nighttime view of the city, picturesque against a resplendent sky, as you soak in the warm embrace of the hot spring.
During the day, one’s eyes can roll their gaze across the Yatsugatake Mountains at the front, and in the direction of west is Mount Kita, the second tallest mountain in Japan after Mount Fuji.
Mitama Hot Spring should absolutely be on your bucket list of things to do when visiting Yamanashi Prefecture.
Mitama Hot Spring
Address: 2608 Ōtsuka, Ichikawamisato, Nishiyatsushiro District, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 (Last Entries 22:00)
*Closed around 5 days a year for inspection and maintenance
Price: General ¥700 / Elementary School Children ¥500 / Toddlers – Free
*General price set to increase to ¥780 this October
Official Website: http://www.mitamanoyu.jp/
Enjoy a Carpet of Pink Flowers and The Summer Silhouette of Mt.Fuji at Fuji-Q Highland
08.August.2019 | SPOT
Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park located near the base of Mount Fuji. This summer, the park is turning pink as 20,000 pink flowers bloom at Lisa and Gaspard Town.
Petunias, Impatiens and more ー a range of vibrant summer flowers are currently in full bloom at the park. From the magnificent, snowless summer silhouette of Mount Fuji towering in the background to the mini Eiffel Tower and pink carpet before your eyes, there is just so much beauty competing to capture your gaze. This picturesque view is limited to the summer season and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the French characters Gaspard and Lisa, who were “born” on August 26th and August 19th respectively. To celebrate, the park has set up a wide range of events and fun features including a giant flower wall creation event, a birthday party, a special scheme via Instagram and much more.
Many of the events are open for anyone to participate in for free. There is also a new Lisa and Gaspard Town-limited birthday plan that will be available until the end of September. Les Rêves Salon de thé, a restaurant located at the Highland Resort and Spa, has even prepared a special anniversary cake and is even running a special celebratory scheme where customers have the chance of receiving a special Gaspard and Lisa-themed embroidered badge. This is the perfect way to celebrate the birthdays of these two lovable characters.
Looking for some refreshing energy to battle the heat? There is currently a summer holiday Fruit Festival running until September 9.
Lisa and Gaspard Town will be selling special summer shaved ice desserts that are full of vibrant colours and juicy fruity flavours. There are also drinks, desserts and so much more. This is also the perfect opportunity to indulge in Yamanashi prefecture’s specialty; the Japanese pear.
There is no better way to enjoy the summer holidays than an amusement park located at the foot of Mount Fuji. Enjoy the pink scenery and take advantage of the free park entry!
© 2019 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
Full Bloom: Until the end of August 2019 *Subject to change due to weather and other conditions.
Location: Lisa and Gaspard Town Eiffel Tower area
Number of flowers: Approximately 20,000
Number of species: 4 (Petunia, Impatiens walleriana, Egyptian starcluster, Zinnia)
Fuji-Q Highland Lisa and Gaspard Town
Summer (July 20 ー Aug 31) Weekdays: 8:30 ー 21:00 Weekends/National Holidays/Obon: 8:00 ー 22:00
Regular Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:00 ー 17:00 Weekends/National Holidays: 9:00 ー 18:00
*Lisa and Gaspard Town opens 30 mins before and closes 30 mins after Fuji-Q Highland.
Opening Hours for shops: Varies from shop to shop.
※ Opening Hours may vary depending on the season. Please check this information by referring to the park’s official website.
Open every day during August, September and October.
Free park entry.
Free Pass: Adults: ￥6,200/Middle-High School Students: ￥5,700/Elementary School Students: ￥4,500／Preschool Children (above the age of 1) and Seniors (over 65): ￥2,100
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Lisa and Gaspard Town: https://www.fujiq.jp/area/lisagas/
Stay in a Traditional Japanese Hotel in Kosuge Village Where the Population is Just 700
NIPPONIA Kosuge Genryū no Mura is a new hotel opening in the village of Kosuge in Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture on August 17. The hotel is renovated from an old Japanese-style house that was originally used for local personages and was constructed over 150 years ago.
Kosuge is about two-hours from Tokyo and is completely enveloped in the natural environment with 95% of the land occupied by trees and nature. Its population is around 700 which is a mere third of its peak population. It is currently faced with a serious depopulation problem due to its ageing population.
The hotel will open in an effort to pass on the beautiful landscapes and culture of the village to the next generation. It hopes to aid in solving the problem of its declining population and empty houses while acting as a means to bring in tourism and sightseeing.
The hotel serves as just the first part of this village revitalisation project. It features 4 guest rooms called OHYA as a restaurant that seats 22.
There are three rooms in the main building and one in the basement. Each is designed with privacy in mind and each has its own concept.
From the rooms guests can enjoy the view of the gorgeous Japanese-style gardens surrounding the hotel.
The restaurant menu concept is titled 24 Sekki, which denotes the twenty four seasonal turning points of the old Japanese calendar, and is made using carefully local ingredients so that guests can enjoy an authentic Kosuge experience.
All the staff at the hotel are local villagers. The majority of the ingredients used in there are grown and produced by the farmers of Kosuge. The hotel also offers other services for guests to get to know the area better such as nature walks and bike rides through the village. You are made to feel like one of the locals.
A second building will be renovated in May 2020 to accommodate two more rooms. There are 70-100 vacant buildings in Kosuge, so there are plans in place to receive permission from landlords to make further repairs, improvements and renovations.
If you’re travelling to Japan and are looking for a truly remote experience then why not visit the quaint little village of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture?
NIPPONIA Kosuge Genryū no Mura
Address: 3155-1 Kosuge, Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture (In Japanese: 山梨県北都留郡小菅村3155-1)
Grand Opening: August 17, 2019
Rooms: 4 (10 People)
Price: From ¥25,000 per person (includes one breakfast)
①Approximately 2 hours by car from Tokyo.
②1 hour by bus from Ōtsuki Station via the JR Chūō Main Line, 70-minutes by car from Oume Interchange
③1 hour by bus from Okutama Station via the Ōme Line, 20-minutes by car from Lake Okutama
Reservations: Open from August 1, 2019 via the following website: https://www.ikyu.com/vacation/00050804/
20,000 Pink Flowers to Adorn Fuji-Q Highland For ‘Pink Garden’ Event
16.June.2019 | SPOT
The free-to-enter theme park Fuji-Q Highland is set to hold an event entitled Pink Garden at Lisa & Gaspard Town where around 20,000 pink flowers are set to bloom.
The event is being held as a way for both local and foreign tourists to Mount Fuji to enjoy the beautiful scene of flowers with the mountain in the background. The event will follow the ongoing Yellow Garden event which is ongoing until June 23. During the full bloom period, the town’s symbolic 13 meter tall Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by 4 types of summer plants including petunias and impatiens for a total of 20,000 flowers. The best time to see them will be at the end of July.
As well as that, a fruit-themed event entitled Fruits Festa will also be held in Lisa & Gaspard Town from June 29 to September 6. The town will be decorated in colourful flowers and fruits, and visitors can look forward to cooling down with some decorative shaved ice made by the hotel, or one of the refreshing drinks. There will also be some adorable looking fruity desserts too.
Enter Fuji-Q Highland for free if you’re visiting Japan this summer and enjoy the gorgeous flowers with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.
Lisa & Gaspard Town – Pink Garden
Location: Lisa & Gaspard Town Eiffel Tower Plaza
Running: Early July – Late August
High Season: Late July – Late August (Subject to change depending on climate)
Fuji-Q Highland – Lisa & Gaspard Town
Address: 5 C-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-17:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:30-18:00
*Lisa & Gaspard Town is open 30 minutes before Fuji-Q’s opening hours and closes 30 minutes after Fuji-Q’s closing hours
No Fixed Holidays.
Free Pass: Adults ¥5,700 / Junior High School Students ¥5,200 / Children ¥4,300
Sword Art Online: Alicization Collaborates With Fuji-Q Highland
Yamanashi amusement park Fuji-Q Highland is set to hold a collaborative campaign with Sword Art Online: Alicization from April 27 to June 2. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the park and the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online light novel series.
Fuji-Q has much planned for the collaboration. The standout event is a screening of Symphonic Alicization Orchestra Special Edition, a special 40-minute compilation of the Sword Art Online Alicization series that aired from October last year to March this year. The video will contain character songs from the CD’s that were coupled with limited pressing DVD and Blu-ray copies of the anime.
The park will also have announcements read by characters from the series, a Sword Art Online puzzle quest, stamp rally, photo spots, a themed menu, original merchandise and more.
A colourful firework display will also be held from May 1 to 4 while ADAMAS by LiSA plays, the opening theme for the anime series.
Rapid buses with SAO artwork on them have also been running since April 13.
People who use Fujiyama Onsen or the cabin and lounge Highland Station which are connected to the park will also received an original postcard. Additionally, there is a collaborative accommodation plan taking place at PICA Lake Saiko Fuji as well as a special photo spot of the Blue Rose Sword at the Narusawa Ice Caves.
Sword Art Online: Alicization x Fuji-Q Highland Collaboration
Running: April 27, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-17:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:30-18:00
Closed: May 9, 2019
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/