Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I toured from central Tokyo to Asagiri Plateau in Yamanashi Prefecture on my beloved Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide. Asagiri Plateau is a beautiful plateau that spreads out at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and is a spot where you can enjoy nature and gourmet food. This time, I would like to introduce its charms, routes, and highlights.
What is Asagiri Plateau?
Asagiri Plateau is a plateau with an altitude of 800 to 1000 meters that straddles Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture and Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture. The name Asagiri Plateau comes from the way the fog that forms in the morning covers the plateau. This fog is generated when the melting snow from Mt. Fuji flows into lakes such as Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Saiko, evaporates during the day, and cools down at night. It can also be seen from Lake Shoji, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Masu.
Asagiri Plateau is a place where you can enjoy nature in all four seasons. You can see cherry blossoms and rape blossoms in spring, fresh greenery and flower fields in summer, autumn leaves and cosmos in autumn, and snowy landscapes and icicles in winter. You can also see mountains such as Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps. At Asagiri Plateau, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, barbecues, and paragliding, as well as dairy products such as milk and cheese, and local cuisine such as hoto and Fujinomiya yakisoba.
This time, I took the Shuto Expressway Inner Loop Line from central Tokyo and entered the Chuo Expressway via Shuto Expressway No. 4 Shinjuku Line. On the Chuo Expressway, I branched off from Otsuki JCT to the Fujiyoshida Line and got off at Kawaguchiko IC. From Kawaguchiko IC, head south on National Route 139, then west on Prefectural Route 71, then rejoin National Route 139. After driving on Route 139 for a while, you will see the Asagiri Plateau signboard on your left. Turn left there and walk a short distance to reach your destination.
The entire journey is approximately 160 km and takes approximately 2 and a half hours. There are service areas and parking areas along the way, but I ran with minimal breaks. I was able to drive comfortably on the Shuto Expressway and Chuo Expressway with no traffic jams, but National Route 139 was crowded with tourists and trucks from the Mt. Fuji area. Also, Prefectural Route 71 had many curves so I had to be careful.
Highlights of Asagiri Highlands
Asagiri Highlands has the following highlights.
- Lake Shoji: This lake can be said to be a symbol of Asagiri Plateau. Along the lakeside, there are walking trails, campgrounds, and restaurants. The scenery of Mt. Fuji and Asagiri Plateau reflected on the surface of the lake is spectacular. You can enjoy boating and fishing on the lake.
- Asagiri Maple Farm: A farm where you can interact with animals such as cows and sheep raised on the Asagiri Highlands. The animals are very friendly and cute. The farm also sells fresh milk, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products.
- Roadside Station Asagiri Plateau: A roadside station surrounded by the nature of Asagiri Plateau. You can see Mt. Fuji from the roadside station.
Asagiri Kogen motorcycle parking lot
In Asagiri Kogen, each tourist facility has a parking lot for motorcycles. However, please note that there may be a mix of motorcycles and cars. Also, there may be a charge for motorcycle parking, so please check in advance. We recommend the roadside station Asagiri Kogen.
This time, I introduced a touring report from Tokyo to Asagiri Plateau by motorcycle. Asagiri Plateau is a beautiful plateau that spreads out at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and is a spot where you can enjoy nature and gourmet food. I think it’s a great course for riding a bike. Please come and visit us at least once.