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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

Usage Guide

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Attractions

Crystal precious stone workYamanashi

Crystals were discovered in Yamanashi about 1,000 years ago and since then have been highly prized for decorative purposes. Initially the rough stones were displayed as room ornaments, but in around the 18th century emery powder was used to polish the crystals and a crystal ware industry was born. These days the crystals are sculpted in various ways using a rotating iron file. Since the characteristics of the rough stone are utilized, no two pieces are identical. Nowadays, the artisans of this region make accessories and furniture as well as ornaments representing horses, birds and the Buddha. This crystal ware (suisho-kiseki-zaiku)was designated a traditional craft in 1976.
 
Address & Access
Address: 1569 Yokkaichiba, Isawa-cho, Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi (Yamanashi Dento-Sangyo Kaikan)
Admission Fee:
Closed:
Directions
JR Isawa-onsen Station/Taxi/5 min.
 

Tourist Facilities of Japan

Crystal precious stone work