Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunflower Ville

An impromptu day trip to Yamanashi prefecture. We left early in the morning and drove. After some konbini stops, car sleeping, and conversation, we arrived at the flower park.

The seven of us who went are here in their own unique poses.
There I am.
There James is.
There Subaru is.

There's crazy Chizuru.
There's Riya, who dug in the flower and found a sunflower seed.
There's Emi and Michael.
There's a bee having some lunch.
And now we're having some lunch. (Mmmmm, nasu pasta and free soup and salad bar!!!)
James and Emi in the "JUST MARRIED" pose.

Don't forget the Sunflower flavored soft cream! (like i did)

Now, for some videos of playing in the park.


Chizuru Ride

Emi's Ride

James' Ride

Subaru's Ride

Michael's Ride

Toby's Ride



There's a bus from Nirasaki Station, which is only 2 stations from Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi Prefecture.

Here is the exact location of the park.

9:00am – 6:00pm (April 1st – July 20th / September 1st – November 20th), 9:00am – 9:00pm (July 21st – August 31st / November 21st – December 27th ), 9:00am – 5:00pm (January 2nd – March 31st)

For more details, consult the information website here.

While you're in Yamanashi, check out some of its famous foods. ほうとう, or hottou, is a delicious soup with the fattest noodle available, the hottou noodle. It's made with mountain vegetables and a miso broth. It's really delicious!

Yamanashi ken is also famous for a variety of fruits. If you happen to be there during peach or pear season, then you're lucky. Eat some of that.

Also, basashi, or raw horse meat, is popular in this area around Yamanashi's capital.

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