Matt's Yamanashi Life

March 30, 2015

Part 2 of 2


Moving on from where we left off last time, you had a few too many wines at Budo no Oka which has made you think everything you say is as funny as Charlie Kelly in Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You have made a wise decision to pull the pin on the w...

March 15, 2015

Part one -the recovery steps after visiting Budo no Aka


After the blog on Budo no Oka, I’m going to enlighten you on two special Yamanashi activities that will get you more sober than talking to the most boring man in the world. Remember these two methods will not make...

March 15, 2015

As a New Zealander, we are always after a bargain. In Yamanashi there are many and if you’re after a day to sample some of Japans best wines at a unheralded price read on.



If your getting off the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo look directly over at the first hill and you wil...

February 13, 2015


Winter in Japan means the indoor heat is turned to a level that is almost as ridiculous as the TV show Finding Bigfoot. If you think Bigfoot is real then view Slednecks for some utter stupidity. The heat dries you out to the point where drinking a litre cola does...

February 8, 2015

I know many people who love to have their own special place in the world, whether its a special fishing spot, a slot machine, a Vietnamese meat roll shop, or a Owl Cafe. Everyone needs to have that place where they can re invigorate themselves and get their thoughts cl...

February 8, 2015

Everyone knows you can enjoy fresh fish in Japan, there’s plenty of information out there for you to learn about that topic. This post is to enlighten you about some alternatives to fish that you can enjoy without a frypan in sight while in the mountains of Yamanashi.


February 3, 2015

The Mt Fuji area has some of the most beautiful sights in Japan. Images you will treasure for the rest of your life. Aokigahara Forest is another these places that you are sure to remember for the beauty, but also the eeriness that lingers through the area. When I firs...

January 29, 2015

I climbed Mt Fuji for the first time back in July 2009, at the start of the school holidays, climbed overnight with limited clothing, no torch and the only food I brought along being two cold cheeseburgers. Once I got to the top, the wind was so bad I’m sure I saw Hele...

January 26, 2015


The 4 seasons in Yamanashi are as distinct as you can get. There are major extremes with summer in the Kofu, Isawa area getting to 40C and Kiyosato city sometimes getting to -20C in winter. Coming from the tropics of Cairns where there is only wet and dry season, it m...

January 21, 2015


In Yamanashi, we are blessed with much more to do than just looking at Mt Fuji while eating Houto noodles. While the peach trees are enjoying themselves in the cold, I will bring some of my favourite places that are worth visiting when you come around here next.



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