Kofu Travel Guide

  • Japan Alps Over Kofu from Enkoin Temple
    Japan Alps Over Kofu from Enkoin Temple
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  • Takeda Shingen Statue
    Takeda Shingen Statue
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  • Takeda Shrine
    Takeda Shrine
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  • Takeda Shrine

    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...

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  • Kofu Castle Ruins

    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...

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  • Koshu Zenkoji Temple

    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...

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  • Tokoji Temple

    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...

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  • Takeda Shingen's Grave

    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...

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  • Enkoin Temple

    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...

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  • Chozenji Temple

    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...

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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...

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  • Itajiki Gorge

    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...

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Kofu Hotels

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  • Yumura Tokiwa Hotel

    2-5-21 Yumura, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, 400-0073, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Yumura Hotel B&B

    3-3-11 Yumura, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, 400-0073, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Kofu Fujiya Hotel

    3-2-30 Yumura, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, 400-0073, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Kofu Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Feb 5, 2013

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    Kofu Station is served by JR Railways. There are direct trains from Shinjuku, Hachioji, and Takao Stations in Tokyo. There are Limited Express Trains as well as local trains.

    From the west, there are direct trains from Matsumoto Station (in Nagano Prefecture) and Fuji Station (in Shizuoka Prefecture).

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