Yamanashi Prefecture


Main City: Kofu

Population: 835,000 people ranking 41/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 4,465 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

The prefecture is landlocked, with mountains surrounding the central Kofu Basin. Mount Fuji is located on the southern border with Shizuoka. As of 1 April 2012, 27% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks. [2]


Thanks to Mt. Fuji rain shadow effects, the prefecture receives only about 818 mm of rainfall a year. [2]

Time zone: GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)

International dialling code: 0081

Recent history, culture

Given the local affection for Mount Fuji, which can also be found in the prefectural flag, many festivals held in Yamanashi are strongly related to the majestic volcano. For example the Fuji-Yoshida Fire Festival is celebrated at Fuji Sengen shrine on August 26th, and announces the ending of the climbing season of Mount Fuji. During this festival torches are kindled at every house-front in in Fuji-Yoshida and the city is then said to resemble a sea of fire. [3]

More chapters:

  • Economic overview
  • Infrastructure
  • Major types of economic activities
  • Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
  • Setting up a business in the prefecture
  • Other contacts