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    Takeda Shrine

    by Rabbityama Written May 26, 2013
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    Takeda Shrine sits on the site where Takeda Shingen's mansion once stood. It was built in 1919 and, not surprisingly, Takeda Shingen is deified here at the shrine. There is a nice bridge leading to the shrine and all around the shrine is a preserved forest. The main shrine building is actually rather typical in appearance with no standout features that I could see, but its association with the powerful feudal lord attracts many visitors and of course, it's the most important shrine in the city.

    To the right of the shrine is the treasure hall. Inside there are artifacts relating to Takeda Shingen, including a fan owned by Shingen and samurai armor from the Shingen family. For many visitors, these are what make the visit memorable and worthwhile.

    The shrine itself is free. The treasure house is 300 yen.

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    Kofu Castle Ruins

    by Rabbityama Written Apr 19, 2013

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    Kofu Castle's Inari Yagura Turret
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    Kofu Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, was ordered to be built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi and later changed hands to the Tokugawa when they took over. The castle's keep and gate were destroyed by fires and the castle itself was left in disrepair until 1877 when many of the remaining structures were torn down. Kofu Station was actually built over what was once part of the castle grounds.

    The area became a park in 1904 and since that time, they've rebuilt the Inari Yagura Turret which can be entered. It contains some artifacts and information about the castle. Some gates have also been rebuilt. Most of the castle grounds however, feature just the castle walls. From the top there's a great view of the Minami Alps and Mount Fuji.

    The park is free and entrance to the turret is also free.

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    Koshu Zenkoji Temple

    by Rabbityama Updated Mar 27, 2013
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    If you're wondering if this Zenkoji Temple has any relation to the more well-known Zenkoji Temple in Nagano, the answer is yes.

    This Zenkoji was built by Takeda Shingen in 1565 after the Nagano temple was burned down in a war between Shingen's Kai Province and Shinshu Province in 1552. This temple was built as an exact replica of the original Nagano temple. It houses a statue of Amitaba Buddha from the original Nagano temple as well.

    The current temple dates back to 1796 (for those curious, the current Zenkoji in Nagano dates back to 1707). The treasures are in a treasure house (sadly closed the day I went). It's architecturally interesting and quite beautiful. It's more colorful than most Japanese temples but not overly flamboyant like Nikko's Toshogu Shrine. The road leding up to the temple is also very nice.

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    Tokoji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Mar 22, 2013

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    Tokoji Temple is a Zen temple. The Yakushido was built in the Muromachi Period. It's one of the Kofu Gozan temples. This temple's association with Takeda Shingon is particularly interesting. His son, Yoshinobu, had a conflict with his father and was imprisoned in Tokoji. While imprisoned, he committed suicide. A rival of Kai Province (Shingen's province, modern Yamanashi Prefecture), Suwa Yorishige, was later imprisoned here after Shingen captured him in a successful attack on his province. Yorishige also committed suicide here. The graves of both Yorishige and Yoshinobu are located here.

    The temple also has a nice Zen garden with a path that you can walk through. The garden is an important prefectural cultural property.

    The temple grounds are free.

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    Takeda Shingen's Grave

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 27, 2013

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    Anyone who spends time in Kofu will quickly notice how important Takeda Shingen is to the city. Most of the famous local sites are connected to him, and references can be found to him everywhere.

    Takeda Shingen was one of Japan's great daimyo during the Warring States Period. His domain was the Kai Province, here in Kofu and the surrounding areas of Yamanashi Prefecture. He was able to take over Shinano Province (modern Nagano Prefecture), Suruga Province (modern Shizuoka Prefecture) and fought with Echigo Province. He also challenged the Tokugawa, even winning some battles against them, but died before anything decisive could occur. His cause of death is not known. Many say he was killed as a result of a battle with the Tokugawa (either during the battle or later as a result of battle wounds) while others believe he died of sickness.

    His grave is located a short distance from Enkoin Temple. Many people, especially elderly men, come here to pay their respects, but it's a worthwhile stop for anyone touring Kofu, considering his importance to the city as well as the country.

    It's free to visit.

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    Enkoin Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 26, 2013

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    Lady Sanjo's Grave
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    Enkoin Temple is one of the Kofu Gozan temples. The association this temple has with Takeda Shingen is that his wife, Lady Sanjo is buried here. Her grave is marked in the graveyard to the left of the temple. From the graveyard, there is a nice view of Kofu, Mount Fuji, and the Japan Alps.

    The temple is just a short walk from Takeda Shingen's own grave and is free to visit.

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    Chozenji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 19, 2013
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    Chozenji Temple was designated by Takeda Shingon as the top temple of the Kofu Gozan Temples. It was the temple of his mother's family and her grave is here at the temple. The original temple was burned during an air raid in 1945, so the current structures were rebuilt after the war.

    In addition to the main temple building the temple grounds also have a three-story pagoda, a five-story pagoda, a pond, and trees. It's very quiet and pleasant. The temple building itself is architecturally appealing and there is a garden behind it. You cannot enter the garden, but you can see it if you walk up and look from the sides.

    The temple grounds are free.

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    Nojoji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 6, 2013

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    Nojoji Temple

    The temple was originally built in the 1340s but was destroyed in 1945. The current structure was rebuilt in 1950. It contains the grave of Ono Kurobe, a lord from the Asano family of Banshu Ako. Takeda Shingen chose Nojoji as one of the Kofu Gozan (five temples of Kofu). This is admittedly the least interesting of the five temples, because aside from the graves, there is really nothing of interest, so it's probably only worth visiting for those with plans to visit all five temples.

    Entrance to the temple grounds is free.

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    Itajiki Gorge

    by tigerjapan Written Jan 26, 2005

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    The gorge is located along the downstream of Itajiki River & upstream of Shosenkyo. It is also called "Oku-Shosenkyo".

    There are numerous falls, big and small such as "Shirahige fall" and "Oyako taki falls" for approximately one kilometer long along the gorge. And at the end of the gorge, there is "Ootaki" or "The Great Fall," a groups of three waterfalls with the height of approximately 40 meters.

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    Shosenkyo

    by tigerjapan Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Shosenkyo, Kofu, Japan
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    Shosenkyo Gorge offers some of Japan's most beautiful landscape.

    It is located along the middle of Arakawa River, whose source is the Kimpu mountains the main peak of Chichibu mountain ranges.

    Shosenkyo designated as a special place of scenic beauty.

    At the entrance of the gorge, for about 4 kilometers promenade from Nagatoro bridge to Sengataki fall, there are numerous strange shaped rocks and oddly formed stones, including "Saru iwa, or monkey rock," and "Neko iwa, or cat rock." The magnificent seasonal scenery gives a pleasant impression to the visitors.

    The highlight of the gorge is the giant rock"Kakuenbo," about 180 meters in height, and "Sengataki fall," whose water drops 30 meters into the gorge.

    Above the waterfall, there are museums for "Kage-e(shadow pictures)" and "Shippo(cloisonne)" as well as a ropeway which brings people to the panoramic view of the Southern Alps and Mt.Fuji. There are many sightseeing visitors all the year round.

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    RIDE OF YOUR LIFE - Fuji-Q Highlands

    by tigerjapan Written Jan 26, 2005

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    You Can See Mt.Fuji As You Climb Up

    Fuji-Q Highlands is a wonderful “theme park” located at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi prefecture. The Fuji-Q Highlands website has information on how to get to and from the “play-land.”.
    An adult free pass (unlimited rides) costs \4,500.
    Fuji-Q has the famously steep drop of the "Fujiyama" (speed: 130km/h). The FUJIYAMA has a first drop of 230 feet angled at 65 degrees. It was the worlds highest rollercoaster from 1996 to 1999.You climb a steep incline and have the best view of Mt.Fuji in front of you (if you can open your eyes). The rest of the ride is a hair-raising scream-fest – well, it is if you’re riding with me!! Fujiyama was listed in The Guinness Book of Records in 1997 in 4 or 5 categories. It’s a wonderful ride – with a view like no other. It is just one of the attractions on offer.
    The Dodonpa is a newer ride. It travels at 172Km/h - now that is fast!
    To get to Fuji-Q from Shinjuku (Tokyo) station you can catch the Fuji-Q go bus “Fuji goko” line. This leaves from Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal (Ph: 03 5376-2222). From JR Shinjuku station’s west gate, the terminal is located at the first floor of the 2nd building of Yasudaseimei” (look for the sign when you exit the west exit). The bus costs: one way adult :1700yen / children :850yen. It takes approx. 100 minutes.
    If you’re using the train catch the JR Fujikyuko-line. The normal train costs 2330yen one-way and the “special” costs 3480yen.

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