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Kofu

Kofu cityKofu is the capital of Yamanashi Prefecture, and is located at the center of the prefecture.

Here had been the central town in this area since ancient times.
Since the 12th century, Takeda family had governed this area as the lord, then this city had developed.

Especially, Shingen Takeda (1521-1573, the 19th lord) was the strong feudal warlord.
He invaded to surrounding areas and extended his territory severalfold.
But after his death, Takeda family was destroyed by Nobunaga Oda, one of the strongest warlords.

Kofu had been the Shingen's stronghold, and Shingen is still the hero in this area.

There are many shrines and temples in the city, because Takeda family had protected them.

Takeda Shrine /1/

Takeda Shrine Takeda Shrine is a Shinto shrine located about 2 km north of JR Kofu station.
It was built in 1919, and Shingen Takeda was enshrined here.
There is a treasure museum displaying many articles related to Takeda family in the precincts.

Kai Zenkouji temple /2/

Kai Zenkouji temple It is a temple of Pure Land Buddhism, and is located about 2 km east of JR Kofu station.
The name of the temple is "Zenkouji". But to distinguish this from the famous Zenkouji in Nagano city, "Kai", which is the old name of Yamanashi Prefecture, is usually added to the name.
It was built in 1558 by Shingen Takeda.

The main hall and main gate were destroyed by fire in the late 18th century, and they were rebuilt soon.
These are designated as a nationally important cultural properties.
And this temple has many other cultural properties such as Buddha statues and pictures.

Yumura hot spring resort /3/

Yumura hot spring resort It is a hot spring resort located about 2.5 km northwest of JR Kofu station.
This hot spring resort was found in 808.
And it is said that Shingen Takeda had stayed here for hot spring cure for a month in 1511.
There are more than a dozen hotels and ryokans.

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Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
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How to get to here

By railroad

By limited express on JR Chuo Line, from Shinjuku, about 1 hour and 30-40 minutes.
To each spot, about 10-15 minutes by route bus from Kofu station.

By car

Run Chuo Expressway and exit at Kofu-Showa exit. About 120 km from Tokyo. About 1 hours 30 minutes.
From the exit, about 2 km to central Kofu.




Entrance of Takeda Shrine
Takeda Shrine
Kai Zenkouji Illuminated Kai Zenkouji
Main gate of Kai Zenkouji
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Yumura hot spring resort

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