The Sweet Side of Mount Fuji

From many points around Mount Fuji it is easy to see the natural beauty of Japan’s crown jewel, towering over the lakes and nearby forests. But for those with a sweet tooth, the adventure can be made that bit sweeter by discovering the numerous desserts and sweet snacks on offer in the area. The area is famous for its agriculture and in particular for its fruit and dairy products. Based on this, the local food is big on fruity desserts that also pay homage to the region’s beloved Mount Fuji. We have a list of suggestions perfect to calm your cravings and savour the sweetness of the Mount Fuji region.

The Sweet Side of Mount Fuji

Asagiri Food Park’s Soft Cream

For the purists, the soft cream sold at the Asagiri Food Park is one delicious and simple treat. With soft cream most probably Japan’s number one type of ice cream, it’s never hard to come by but Asagiri Kogen makes them to perfection with fresh local milk which is renowned in the region. The great balance of sugar and milk will you put in a good mood to wander around the beautiful highland at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Asagiri Food Park’s Soft Cream
Asagiri Food Park’s Soft Cream

Mifujiya’s Mix Berry Affogato at Shiraito Falls

Visit Mount Fuji during the summer and you’ll be there in perfect timing for blueberry picking season. Stop by Mifujiya Cafe on your way to Shiraito Falls and you’ll get your get your blueberry fix with a kick. The mix berry affogato here is a mouthwatering concoction of soft cream, coffee and berries that can cool you down during a hot summer day and give you a nice energy boost for the walk down to the Shiraito Falls. Dig into this treat while taking in the view of the Shibakawa River from the café’s outdoor terrace.

Mifujiya’s Mix Berry Affogato at Shiraito Falls
Mifujiya’s Mix Berry Affogato at Shiraito Falls

Fujisan Ice Cream Sandwich at the Fujiyama Museum

At the Fujiyama Museum you can admire Mount Fuji on the walls then eat a cookie version of it at their lobby café. Two ice cream balls (matcha and anko flavoured) are sandwiched between sugary Fujisan-shaped cookies that will melt gracefully in your mouth. The ice cream sandwich comes in a set which includes matcha tea and is a great way to end a visit to this unique museum.

Fujisan Ice Cream Sandwich at the Fujiyama Museum
Fujisan Ice Cream Sandwich at the Fujiyama Museum

Blueberry Softcream at the Kawaguchiko’s Natural Living Centre

So you’re hooked on the milky Japanese soft cream? How about adding a touch of fruitiness to this classic and make it a blueberry softcream! At the Natural Living Centre on the northshore of Lake Kawaguchiko, you’ll get all the freshness of locally grown and hand-picked blueberries blended into an icy cold soft cream. Ice cream in hand, take a stroll around the gardens bordering the lake and take in the views of Mount Fuji across the water.

Blueberry Softcream at the Kawaguchiko’s Natural Living Centre
Blueberry Softcream

Gaia Restaurant’s Fujisan Fruit Jelly

This luscious treat will take you on a little detour away from the Fuji Five Lakes area to Yamanashi City but it is worth the trip over the mountains. Gaia’s Fujisan Fruit Jelly is beautiful to look at and a flavoursome combination of jelly, fruits, and ice cream. Most of the fruits in the dish are grown locally and the ice cream is made with peaches that are harvested nearby during the summer season. If the weather’s cooperating you can enjoy the sweet jelly mount on your plate with a view of the real Fujisan mountain through the window and across the city.

Gaia Restaurant’s Fujisan Fruit Jelly
Gaia Restaurant’s Fujisan Fruit Jelly
Gaia Restaurant’s Fujisan Fruit Jelly
Facility Name
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
Address
Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
Introduction
This is an elegant mountain which is certainly also a symbol of Japan, which is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. Mt. Fuji is also often the theme of artistic inspiration such as Hokusai Katsushika: “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji). Also, Mt. Fuji is also the place where the “Mt. Fuji faith” started and it is revered as a sacred mountain in which a deity resides. In 2013 it was registered with World Cultural Heritage as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. There are four climbing routes including the Yoshida Route, the Subashiri Route, the Gotemba Route and the Fujinomiya Route. Since the opening periods vary depending on which mountain trail you choose, it is necessary to confirm in advance whether your intended route is open.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tembohoshikuzu Rest au rant Gaia
Address
Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Ezohara 1488
Phone
0553398379
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES

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    Tembohoshikuzu Rest au rant Gaia

    Restaurant
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Ezohara 1488
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    Kawaguchi Mizumishizenseikatukan

    Gym/Facility for training camp
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Oishi 2585
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    Narusawa Mount Fuji Museum

    Museum/Science museum
    YamanashiMinamitsuru-gun NarusawaMura 字ジラゴンノ8532-63
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    Asagiri Foods Park

    Other famous place
    Shizuoka Fujinomiya-shi Nebara 449-11
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    Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

    Mountain
    Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
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