Yamanashi Prefecture, where Koshu grapes and wines are produced is located an hour and a half by train from Tokyo, at the foot of Mt. Fuji and surrounded by mountains in the 3,000 meter range. Yamanashi is a place where natural beauty abounds in all four seasons, filled with greenery and a wealth of clean, fresh streams. Its soil is ideal for growing fruit, and its grapes, peaches and cherries have long been famous throughout Japan. Besides being the birthplace of winemaking in Japan, Yamanashi is also blessed with a wealth of other local products.