Kofu 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
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 is a Shinto shrine located about 2 km north of JR Kofu
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.
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.
It is a hot spring resort located about 2.5 km northwest of JR Kofu
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan