Discover Hokuto

Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture  is appealing in all seasons. Visit the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, enjoy the stunning views in Ojiragawa Valley, or go and see the Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossoms. 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Hokuto

The easiest way to get around in Hokuto is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from one of the bigger cities in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Hokuto

How long to stay in Hokuto

We recommend staying in Hokuto for about two days.

Hotels in Hokuto

Flights to Hokuto

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

Seasonal information


The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Winter sports:

Ski resorts in Japan typically run from January until April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow.

  • Sun Meadows Kiyosato Ski Resort: click here for the most up-to-date information.


Cherry blossoms:

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan is usually between late March and early April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 


Fruit picking:

  • Iwaharakaju Orchards: cherry picking is usually possible here from end of June until end of July. click here for the most up-to-date information.

Festivals in Hokuto

There is one famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 


For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


Hokuto Furusato Festival

  • Date: August 4th

  • Time: 10:00 - 20:00

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