Hokuto, Yamanashi (北杜), sometimes known as Hokutucky, is the northernmost city of Yamanashi. It is comprised of eight "towns" -- Akeno, Hakushu, Kobuchizawa, Mukawa, Nagasaka, Oizumi, Takane, and Sutama.
Hokuto is accessible on the Chuo Line and the Koumi line.
Eating and Drinking
Despite it's location on the fringe of Yamanashi, Hokuto is actually a treasure trove of interesting restaurants! Drive until you hear banjos!
Bull and Bear is an Irish pub in Oizimi. It's a good place for drinks (to-go beer, anyone?), fish and chips, and other pub fare. Closed Mondays and all of Feburary so you can detox from those blue cheese and maple syrup pizzas.
Address: 5729-34 Ōizumichō Yato Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken
Irish Pub Bull & Bear
Grove Cafe is a brick-oven pizza place. The pizzas are tasty (but Japanese-style thin crust) and it has a quaint atmosphere. Plus, they basically built their own brick oven in the woods.
Address: 8524-1 Oizumicho Yato, Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Copain is an Italian resturant in Oizumi. Do you like real lasagna? I mean, really real? Of course you do!
Address: 8240-6321 Oizumicho Nishiide Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture 409-1501
Spoon Garden is a "tea restaurant" that serves a variety of tea, Western style. They also have pizza, pasta, and steamed dishes. Located on Route 141 in Sutama.
Taste is a small pub with a big attitude. Their specialty is buffalo chicken yakisoba, but they have a variety of both Japanese and Western bar food. Sometimes they have live music. Located on Route 141 in Takane.
The Rock is a famous restaurant and brewery in Kiyosato. Their specialties are curry and several varieties of beer made in-house.
Address: Moegi no Mura (萌木の村) 3545 Takanecho Kiyosato Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture 407-0301