Spots in Kofu / Shosenkyo / Katsunuma Area

  • Hottarakashi Onsen Acchi-no-yu and Kocchi-no-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Yatsubo 1669-18
    With Mt. Fuji straight ahead and the Kofu Basin down below, great views can be had while taking a bath in this hot spring. The bath opens one hour before sunrise so opening hours vary depending on the season. The spring water in the Kocchi-no-yu bath is completely colorless and transparent while the freshly poured bath water in the Acchi-no-yu bath is a clear and bright yellowish brown color. The water is said to be good for those who are overly sensitive to the cold, those who have nerve pains, and also aids fatigue recovery. The new water sources make it more difficult to catch a chill after the bath and cause little irritation to the skin so it is good for children or the elderly. As well as hot spring baths, there are souvenir shops, snack bars, restaurants and outdoor viewing terraces on site.
  • Takeda-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kofuchumachi 2611
    Takeda Shingen, a pre-eminent daimyo from the Sengoku (warring states) period, is enshrined here as a deity. It is said that for those praying at this shrine, not only luck in competitive games can be attained, but you can also be rewarded with a stronger mind to better oneself. In addition, through its efforts to attain prosperity in agriculture, commerce, and industry, the enshrined deity draws many worshipers as the god of industry and economy. The sanctuary within the grounds of the shrine houses a host of treasures such as a Kamakura period sword, Yoshioka-ichimonji, designated a national important cultural property. The Tsutsujigasaki-yakata Ruins, a national historic monument of Japan, is the place where three generations of the Takeda family, Nobutora, Shingen, and Katsuyori, actually lived. Festivals are held throughout the year and attract many, many people.
  • Shosenkyo Gorge Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Ikarichou 441
    This ropeway is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Built on a panoramic lookout at the top of Shosenkyo Gorge where the old road meets the new road, the car takes about five minutes to complete a journey. Passengers on the ropeway can enjoy great views of mountains including Mt. Yasaburo, one of Yamanashi's most famous 100 mountains, as well as Mt. Fuji, Southern Japan Alps, and the Chichibu Mountains. The lower station in the foothills features a souvenir shop, while the upper station at the peak features a diner that serves hoto noodles and char.
  • Kikyo Shingen Mochi Factory Theme Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachoutsuboi 1928
    Kikyo Shingen Mochi has been awarded many prizes including the honorary president award, at the National Confectionery Exposition. The factory is surrounded by lush vegetation with a site area of 11,000 square meters and a total floor area of 5,000 square meters. On the factory tour you can see how 100,000 pieces of Kikyo Shingen Mochi a day are packed meticulously by hand. You can also have a go at packing some of the mochi and enjoy sampling some of the delicious sweets. Admission is free and advance reservations are not required if going alone. Factory tour times are fixed so be sure to check in advance.
  • Kamui Misaka Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi prefecture Fuefuki shi Kagetsu 5321-1
    Kamui Misaka Ski Resort is great for beginners and children learning how to ski. They have a ski school for kids and juniors, as well as a Kids Town area that’s fun for parents and children alike. Being only about 80 minutes from Tokyo adds to its popularity. There are five runs: two for beginners, two for intermediate level skiers, and one for advanced level skiers.
  • Roadside Station Mitomi
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Mitomikawaura 1822-20
    This roadside station in Yamanashi City is located at the mouth of Nishizawa Gorge near the border with Saitama Prefecture. Known for its beautiful fall foliage, the station is visited by large numbers of mountain climbers. It also features a shop offering local specialties and other products, a restaurant, and a place for tired drivers to rest. There is even a fishing area where you can enjoy mountain stream fishing in the Nishizawa Gorge.
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Zenkouji 3-36-1
    This temple is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It was built in 1558 by Takeda Shingen, who feared that the fires caused by the Battles of Kawanakajima would reach Shinano Zenkoji Temple, as a place to relocate the temple's statues, scriptures, and other properties. The temple's gate and main hall are nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties. The treasure hall built on the temple grounds exhibit some of the temple's countless treasures.
  • Nishizawa Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Yamanashi-shi
    You’ll find this canyon in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. It is known as one of the country’s leading “forest therapy” spots. There’s a promenade inside the canyon, and you can enjoy trekking and hiking as well. In addition to the Nanatsugama Godan Falls, one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, you’ll also find a matrix of caverns, a frog-shaped rock formation, and many other sights. It’s also a well-known rhododendron and fall foliage spot, and plenty of tourists visit throughout the seasons.
  • Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    Designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most picturesque valley in Japan. There is a lot to see here including cliffs and strange rocks, and powerful waterfalls like Senga-taki Falls. And especially in autumn, the contrast of the red and yellow trees against the bare white rock is a fine sight indeed. Enjoy the beauty created by nature while taking a walk along the river side.
  • Maizuru Castle Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1
    This castle park is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Originally the site of Kofu Castle, built at the end of the 16th century, today parts of the castle ruins are a public park. The area in and around the park features a number of historic sites that help visitors imagine what the castle would have looked like in its heyday. These include Yuki Bridge, the castle quarry, and Inari Yagura Tower. The park has a great team of volunteer tour guides.
  • Misaka Noen Grape House
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Misakachounatsumehara 656-1
    Guests at this fruit farm in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture can enjoy picking all the peaches (one of the specialties of Yamanashi) and grapes they can eat without a time limit. In the spring, blooming rapeseed and peach flowers give the farm a colorful contrast that makes it popular scenic spot. The farm's restaurant offers a number of options including soba noodles as well as a barbeque set featuring Misaka's famous mushrooms.
  • Restlounge bAmboo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kamikogawarachou 1041 - 5 T Building 103
    This modern lounge bar is on the Kofu Bypass. They hold live events inviting artists from different genres every month, and enjoy the strong support of many music lovers. There are also days when it is open during the day for lunch, and they offer items such as hand-kneaded hamburger steaks and specialty curry at an affordable price. It can be rented out for 10 or more people during lunch or when it is a lounge bar, and is often used for gatherings of friends and parties.
  • Lake Chidori
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Manriki Inside the 18828 Mangiwa Park
    Located about five minutes on foot from Yamanashi-shi Station on the JR Chuo Line, Lake Chidori is an artificial lake at the northern edge of Manriki Park. It was originally a holding pond for agricultural use, but now it has been repurposed into a place for rest and recreation for the local residents. Lined with willow and cherry trees, it is a popular spot for leisurely strolls during the cherry blossom and autumn leaf seasons. Nearby is Sashide-no-Iso, a place immortalized in the 12th-century poetry anthology Kokinwakashu. Every spring, the Daitakesan Festival is held here, and in the summer, the local Chamber of Commerce sponsors a fireworks festival.
  • French Restaurant La Casserole
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Zenkoujimachi 2769
    Casserole French Restaurant is located near Kofu Station in the city of Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. The owners are flexible, and designed their restaurant around the concept of wanting their customers to enjoy French cuisine without hesitation, so they offer dishes that are suitable for the guests' health and physical condition. They have all kinds of French cuisine available: meat dishes made from domestic beef fillets, chicken, and lamb; and seafood dishes containing house-made smoked salmon or lobster. The restaurant also sponsors French and English conversation clubs and hosts simple weddings.
  • Onmyoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Isawachouichibe 1016
    "Onmyoji Temple, a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, is located in the city of Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, just a short walk from Isawa Onsen Station on the JR Chuo Line. It is known as the site of Ukai (The Cormorant Keeper), a Noh play that was revised by the famous 15th century playwright Zeami, and the story of the cormorant keeper is still a part of the temple's heritage. According to the legend, a man used cormorants for fishing in the Isawa River, where it was forbidden to take any lives, was put to death, and became a ""hungry ghost."" In 1274, Nichiren visited the temple and performed a memorial service and exorcism for the cormorant fisherman so that he could achieve Buddhahood. A powerful statue of the guardian deity Nio is placed at the Niomon Gate, and within the temple grounds, visitors can see the Ukaido (Cormorant Keeper's Hall) and the Kuyoto (Memorial Tower)."
  • Keitokuin Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Yamatochoutano 389
    Keitoku-in Temple is located in the city of Koshu in Yamanashi Prefecture. Tokugawa Ieyasu, who later became shogun, founded it in 1582 in memory of Takeda Katsuyori, who committed suicide on nearby Mt. Tenmoku. It suffered several fires in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, but the main gate, which never burned, is a Prefectural Designated Cultural Property, and the grounds and the grave of Takeda Katsuyori are Prefectural Designated Historic Sites. About fifty graves are on that site, including Katsuyori's wife and his son Nobukatsu, along with numerous maidservants. It attracts visitors as the last resting place of the Takeda clan.
  • Ryumon Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Yamatochoutano
    Ryumon Gorge runs from the Tano District, Yamato-cho, in the city of Koshu to the Tenmoku District. Walking trails have been put in place for 2.4 kilometers along the Hikawa Valley, allowing visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural environment in every season, from new greenery in the spring to autumn leaves. Each species of tree is identified with a nameplate, making the trail a superb place for nature study. There are spots in the gorge where visitors can fish for char, amago trout, and other river fish. The trail ends at Seiunji Temple and Tenmokuzan Onsen, a hot spring where weary hikers can rest for a while.
  • Unpoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Enzankamihagihara 2678
    "To reach Unpoji Temple, visitors should take the bus bound for Daibosatsu Tozanguchi from Enzan Station on the JR Chuo Line in the city of Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture. A five-minute walk will bring them to Unpoji, a temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. It was founded in 745 by the monk Gyoki. It was destroyed by fire in the middle of the 16th century, but the main building and the lecture hall were rebuilt in 1558. At present, the main building, library, and Nio Gate are designated as Important Cultural Properties. Among the historical treasures in its possession are the ""Sun Tzu"" battle flag of the Takeda clan, a clan that was affiliated with this temple, and the regimental flags. The ""Mine no Sakura"" cherry tree in front of the Treasure Hall was planted about 700 years ago and has been designated a Natural Monument."
  • Koshu City Koryu-Hoyo Center Daibosatsu no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Enzankamiodawara 730-1
    Koshu Municipal Health Center, Daibosatsu no Yu, is a hot spring facility for day use. It is a short drive from Enzan Station on the Chuo Line in the city of Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture. Drivers should follow the Ome Highway (Daibosatsu Line) in the direction of Lake Okutama. The water of this hot spring is said to be effective against nervous pain and aid recovery from fatigue, and it has a higher concentration of alkali than any other hot spring in the world. In addition to indoor baths, a whirlpool bath, and a bath fed directly from the spring, there is an outdoor bath surrounded with a natural rock. Other facilities include a restaurant where visitors can enjoy local cuisine, such as Hoto (vegetables and udon noodles in a miso broth), a dog exercise area, and a souvenir shop where visitors can buy locally produced vegetables.
  • Kiyokawa Fishing Pond
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Kai-shi Shimofukuzawa 592
    This fishing pond is located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture a 15-minute drive from the Nirasaki Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. The pond has a plan which includes bait and rod rental in the fee, and visitors can come empty-handed and enjoy fishing for rainbow trout in a homey atmosphere. Fishing pond staff will take your fresh-caught rainbow trout and cook it for you on the spot so you can enjoy the flavor of fresh rainbow trout; preparation methods available include broiled shioyaki style with salt, sashimi, and breaded and deep-fried. Visitors can also have fun fishing for other river fish such as Japanese salmon and char. In addition, there is a campground nearby as well as a great place for viewing fall foliage, making this a destination where the whole family can spend an entire fun-filled day.

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Yamanashi prefecture is the proud home of one of Japan’s most celebrated icons: Mount Fuji. Although the mountain straddles both Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the most breathtaking views of Fuji-san can be seen from the Fuji Five Lakes north of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture. The plethora of outdoor activities in and around the lakes all have the benefit of the country’s highest mountain as their backdrop, and we can assure you that it is an unforgettable sight.

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