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Yamanashi and Mt. Fuji, the World Cultural Heritage tour for international students

On Aug. 4th, 2015, 33 international students participated in the tour ‘Yamanashi and Mt. Fuji, the World Cultural Heritage, for international students.’

First, the students went to Lake Kawaguchi, and made the Yamanashi’s local delicacy ‘Houtou’ (Japanese noodle and vegetables in hot pot) by themselves.
This was their first time making Houtou. After being divided into groups, they started cooking the home-made dish with excitement.
When the dish was made, they enjoyed the taste of ‘Houtou’ for lunch.
Cooking ‘Houtou’

Cooking ‘Houtou’

Enjoy ‘Houtou’ which they cooked                         

Enjoy ‘Houtou’ which they cooked                         

Later, the students moved to Fugaku Wind Cave, and Narusawa Ice Cave. A cool air breathed through the entrance of the caves before they went inside. They got very excited, and started walking inside. As they went on, however, they started feeling chilly. Some of the students were putting their jackets back on, and running toward the exit

Their last stop was `Oshino Hakkai`. The international students were very impressed by the pure spring water pond, and many of them filled a bottle with the spring water as a souvenir.

By the time the group left the area, the clouds finally went away. Mt. Fuji clearly became visible, so all of the students were taking a lot of pictures.

In front of the entrance of ‘Fugaku Wind Cave’

In front of the entrance of ‘Fugaku Wind Cave’

At `Oshino Hakkai`

At `Oshino Hakkai`

After the tour was over, the participants expressed their thoughts on the tour. One student was satisfied with viewing Mt. Fuji. Another student enjoyed cooking ‘Houtou’. The tour gave the international students a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese nature, food, and culture on their own.

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