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Kofu, Yamanashi-ken

  Jun 21st, 2010

Kofu is located about 2 hours West of Tokyo in Yamanashi-ken. You can catch an express train from Shinjuku that makes it an easy day trip. Summer can be humid since the town is surrounded by mountain ranges.

One of the statues in front of Kofu Station.

One of the statues in front of Kofu Station, Takeda Shingen.

I caught the Super Azusa express train from Shinjuku station at 12:00 heading for Yamanashi-ken

I caught the Super Azusa express train from Shinjuku station at 12:00 heading for Yamanashi-ken

The trains in Japan always look nice and clean. Most people were already on board with bento's in hand.

The trains in Japan always look nice and clean. Most people were already on board with bento's in hand.

Going past some of the stations on the Chuo line before picking up speed as we got more into the countryside.

Going past some of the stations on the Chuo line before picking up speed as we got more into the countryside.

Along the way I took some photos from the train window. When you are close in to Tokyo, you mainly get pictures of house roofs alongside the tracks.

Along the way I took some photos from the train window. When you are close in to Tokyo, you mainly get pictures of house roofs alongside the tracks.

The scenery slowly changed from houses to countryside.

The scenery slowly changed from houses to countryside.

The greenery of the countryside starts to develop as we get further out.

The greenery of the countryside starts to develop as we get further out.

This station was just a blur as we sped through. Can anyone read the sign?

This station was just a blur as we sped through. Can anyone read the sign?

The hills start to develop a rolling landscape.

The hills start to develop a rolling landscape.

Some interesting concrete bridge structures along the way.

Some interesting concrete bridge structures along the way.

The winding road to Kofu.

The winding road to Kofu.

Getting closer to Kofu there are lots of mountains. Kofu is surrounded by mountain ranges and is like a bonchi, very similar to Kyoto, meaning in winter it is quite cold but in summer can be very humid.

Getting closer to Kofu there are lots of mountains. Kofu is surrounded by mountain ranges and is like a bonchi, very similar to Kyoto, meaning in winter it is quite cold but in summer can be very humid.

Not sure what was planted here, but it looked good from the train window. Maybe some sort of fruit. Yamanashi is quite well known for fruits including grapes.

Not sure what was planted here, but it looked good from the train window. Maybe some sort of fruit. Yamanashi is quite well known for fruits including grapes.

Getting off the train at Kofu Station.

Getting off the train at Kofu Station.

I took a quick visit with a friend to Takeda Shrine. It was only 5 minutes from Kofu Station by taxi.

I took a quick visit with a friend to Takeda Shrine. It was only 5 minutes from Kofu Station by taxi.

A quick prayer at the Shrine and then moving on to the gardens.

A quick prayer at the Shrine and then moving on to the gardens.

Not sure when Hello Kitty showed up here, but I bet she wasn't around when Takeda was here.

Not sure when Hello Kitty showed up here, but I bet she wasn't around when Takeda was here.

Entering the gardens at Takeda Shrine.

Entering the gardens at Takeda Shrine.

There was quite a lot of greenery around the shrine area. It almost looked park like in its presentation.

There was quite a lot of greenery around the shrine area. It almost looked park like in its presentation.

Not a lot of business being done here, but if you want a frankfurt, this looks like the place to get one.

Not a lot of business being done here, but if you want a frankfurt, this looks like the place to get one.

As with most country stations in Japan, there is a line up of taxis waiting to take you wherever you want.

As with most country stations in Japan, there is a line up of taxis waiting to take you wherever you want.

A bit difficult to get a clean shot here of Kofu Castle in between the road, light poles and cars. The angle around the back of the castle may have been a better choice.

A bit difficult to get a clean shot here of Kofu Castle in between the road, light poles and cars. The angle around the back of the castle may have been a better choice.

One of the buildings inside the Kofu Castle compound.

One of the buildings inside the Kofu Castle compound.

Tours for the Kofu Castle story.

Tours for the Kofu Castle story.

The Castle is built in the center of town and is located on what used to be the highest point on a hill. Now other buildings tower above it, but walking to the top of this are with the green grass and welcoming breeze was really nice.

The Castle is built in the center of town and is located on what used to be the highest point on a hill. Now other buildings tower above it, but walking to the top of this are with the green grass and welcoming breeze was really nice.

View from the top of the Castle area. You can see the mountain ranges in the background.

View from the top of the Castle area. You can see the mountain ranges in the background.

Looking down there are more historic buildings within the Castle compound.

Looking down there are more historic buildings within the Castle compound.

More mountains, more castle remnants. I was enjoying taking in the breeze on a humid day.

More mountains, more castle remnants. I was enjoying taking in the breeze on a humid day.

The night view must be quite good from up here as well.

The night view must be quite good from up here as well.

The city of Kofu.

The city of Kofu.

The train line is close by. In fact you get a better view of the Castle from the train than when you are close by standing on the road.

The train line is close by. In fact you get a better view of the Castle from the train than when you are close by standing on the road.

Quite a few buildings are higher than the Castle mound now, but in the old days this would have been the best place to see advancing armies from.

Quite a few buildings are higher than the Castle mound now, but in the old days this would have been the best place to see advancing armies from.

One of the other Castle buildings with some modern gas structure tucked in behind.

One of the other Castle buildings with some modern gas structure tucked in behind.

Inside Kofu Castle grounds.

Inside Kofu Castle grounds.

Always nice to see local trains outside of Tokyo.

Always nice to see local trains outside of Tokyo.

Time to jump back on the train and head for Tokyo. Next stop Shinjuku.

Time to jump back on the train and head for Tokyo. Next stop Shinjuku.

The Super Azusa train to take me home approaches the station at Kofu.

The Super Azusa train to take me home approaches the station at Kofu.

14 thoughts on “Kofu, Yamanashi-ken”

  1. nick says:

    great photos as always…
    Helps remind me why I’m saving all my money for another trip to Japan

    1. shibuya246 says:

      save, save, save. Hope you enjoy your trip when you come 🙂

  2. ~鈴多~ says:

    The photos are so beautiful and the green looks really vivid. I like it very much.
    In fact looking at your pictures makes me want to go to the country side and stay a bit in a small village with lots of nature around.

  3. Al Case says:

    Note that Kofu is west, not north, of Tokyo. Photo #1 is of Takeda Shingen. In #30 you actually have Mt. Fuji cloaked in clouds just to the left of the radio tower. Here are some more photos of Kofu, including at night: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/tag/kofu/

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks, I will update with that information 🙂

  4. Kesenaitsumi says:

    Wow! Nice greenery and scenes.. ^^

  5. shibuya246 says:

    Mt Fuji hidden by cloud

  6. Tristan says:

    That countryside looks so beautiful and so familiar

    One more year before Im back there and I cant wait!!!

  7. perdomot says:

    Reminds me of Kyoto a lot, especially the trip there on the Shinkansen. Can’t wait to head back again.

  8. amerikkujin says:

    Looks like Shiotsu 四方津

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