西湖いやしの里根場 Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA
- Around Fujigoko
- Travelko Rating
- Closed[March-November] Open Every Day, [December-February] Wednesday
Maps are rarely carried out with accessing from mainland China.
- Around Fujigoko
- 2710 Neba, Saiko, Fujikawaguchiko-machi Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0332, Japan
- Opening Hours
- [March-November] 9:00-17:00, [December-February] 9:30-16:30
- [March-November] Open Every Day, [December-February] Wednesday
Japanese Folk Village with a View of Mt. Fuji
There used to be a village which consisted of dozens of traditional Japanese houses, at the lakeside of lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, but it was badly damaged by the typhoon that hit in September 1966.
People wanted to preserve the traditional culture passed down from their ancestors so Saiko Iyashi-no-sato Nenba was founded to restore these valuable assets of folk houses in 2006. There are 20 thatched roofed houses, and you can see a special view of Mt. Fuji from the village. Each house has a unique exhibition: Japanese paper, pottery, folk toys, craft-making, and water mill. You can wear kimono or samurai warrior’s armor in one of the houses.
This time, I visited the house of Oishi-tsumugi & fabrics. Oishi-tsumugi is a kind of pongee, fabric woven by threads of silks, that has been produced since end of the 17th century. The sericulture used to be one of the main industries around this area. There are many silk related goods here. Lip balms or hand creams which contain finely cut silk are good souvenirs.
Local specialties are served here and you can taste buckwheat noodles and hoto wheat noodles.
Spend a relaxing moment in this peaceful healing village.
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 from March to November, 9:30-16:30 from December to February,
Closed: on Wednesday from December to February
Price: ¥350 (JPY / adult), ¥150 (JPY / children)
A village of traditional thatched houses
"Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba" is a replica of a village with traditional thatched houses located on the southwest of lake Sai. Thatched roof houses existed here until the typhoon in 1966 swept them away. The place aims at creating scenery of original village and conveying local cultures and traditions.
There are about 20 thatched houses. Some are restaurants providing local specialties and other Japanese food; others are craft shops or exhibition halls. One of them shows documents and pictures relating to the typhoon that hit the area and disaster prevention plans. Visitors can also try making some Japanese crafts such as potteries and Japanese traditional papers (washi). The house Hinomi-ya, which has collections of kimono and armors is a very popular house too. You can dress up like a samurai or a ninja for 500 yen only and stroll around the traditional village. Mt. Fuji is visible from the compound on sunny days, so you can take a special photo of you traditionally dresses in the thatched house village with Mt. Fuji!
To get here, take the retro bus green-line from Kawaguchiko station. It is about 40 minutes’ bus ride and cheaper to get a 2 day pass than paying a fare each time. It is about 20 minutes’ drive if you have a private car.
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