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Updated:August 31, 2016

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Yatsugatake-Chushin-Kogen Quasi-National Park 

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This wide park that spans both Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures boasts lakes, white birch trees and alpine plants, all surrounded by the Yatsugatake peaks. Kiyosato and other highlands, with their pastoral scenery reminiscent of European landscapes, capture the hearts of their many visitors. Stand at the top of 5,059 ft high Utsukushi-Mori, turn 360 degrees, and take in an incredible view including Mt. Fuji, the Minami Alps and Oku-Chichibu.

The foothills of Yatsugatake are reserved for intensive dairy farming for the production of fresh milk, as well as agricultural farming of cabbage, lettuce and other vegetables suited to the high altitude.

Kiyosato Highland 

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Named "the land of clearness" for its refreshing breeze and clean atmosphere, Kiyosato is the best known place in the park. Ranch scenes--like those of cattle out to feed--stylish hotels, lodges and guest houses nestled among the trees, and fancy cafes and shops make it an especially charming place for young people from urban areas. On any given weekend, many of these visitors can be seen at Kiyosato Station.

There are some impressive collections at the museums in this area: music boxes, glass crafts, and calligraphy. For those looking for something different, there are small but original museums lined with works of the Shirakaba group and impressionist artists.

Utsukushi-mori offers a spectacular view. In June, one can enjoy the splendor of red azaleas blooming throughout the area and take part in the Tsutsuji Matsuri Azalea Festival.

Many hikers are drawn to Kannondaira and Mt. Tennyo, where accommodations such as various school dormitories, camping areas and rental cottages are available. Development of these areas for sightseeing is underway with special attention being paid to preserving the natural surroundings.