Koshu city is located a little to the east from
the center of Yamanashi Prefecture.
It is at the eastern edge of the central basin of the prefecture.
There are the main town in Enzan district at the northern part of the
Here had been the central town in this area, so many Buddhist temples were built since the 14th century.
Katsunuma district at the southern part is the famous grape production area, and many vineyards spread on the hilly area all around.
Erinji is a Buddist temple located about 3.5 km northwest of JR Enzan
It is the temple of Rinzai school, one of the Zen sects, and was founded in 1330.
In the 16th century, here became the temple of Takeda Family which was the lord family of this area, and since that, this temple became the important temple in this area.
Most buildings in this temple are designated as the prefectural
tangible cultural properties.
It has also a beautiful Japanese garden.
It is the main area of Katsunuma district.
Here is at the eastern edge of the basin, then there are some alluvial fans along the foot of mountains.
On its well-drained land, many vineyards spread all around. Not only grapes but also peaches and cherries are produced.
In many farms, we can enjoy grape or peach picking from August to October.
There is "Katsunuma Budou-no-oka" on a hill located about 0.7 km west
of JR Katsunuma Budou-kyo station.
(And it is located about 3.5 km south of Enzan station.)
The tourist facilities have a restaurant, spa. Its wine cellar has about 180 kinds of Koshu wine, so we can have a tasting.
Daizenji is a temple of Shingon Buddhism, one of the major schools of
It is located about 2 km south of JR Katsunuma Budou-kyo station, and is around the southern edge of Katsunuma Budou-kyo area.
It is said that the temple was founded by high priest Gyoki in 718.
When Gyoki had performed the ascetic practices in the mountains near here, Medicine Buddha holding a grape came to him in a dream on the final day of the practices. (Grape was one of medical plants.)
Soon, he carved the Buddha and built a temple. That is the current Daizenji.
After that, he taught cultivation method of grape to the village people.
Since that, this area became a production center of grape, and this temple has been called "Budou-dera" (Grape temple).
The main hall was built in 1286, and is designated as a national treasure.
By limited express on JR Chuo
Line, from Shinjuku to Enzan, about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
(At Katsunuma Budou-kyo station, only local trains stop.)
To visit above spots, use a taxi.
Run Chuo Expressway and exit at
Katsunuma exit. About 100 km from Tokyo. About 1 hours 20 minutes.
From the exit, about 1 km to Daizenji, about 5 km to Katsunuma Budou-no-oka, about 11 km to Erinji.