Where is Kofu?
Kofu Travel Highlights
Located north of Kofu, Shosenkyo is said to be the most spectacular gorge in Japan, and its breathtaking natural scenery has made it a unique and popular hiking destination among those who wish to connect with nature without straying too far from Tokyo. The gorge is registered as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and as a Japan Heritage site. A well-maintained trail along the gorge offers serene views of the clear water flowing through the valley along with a series of delightful highlights, including beautiful dynamic waterfalls and a peaceful lake surrounded by green forests. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of sheer cliff faces formed through thousands of years of erosion amidst uniquely shaped rocks, some of which are said to resemble animals (monkey, turtle, seal...). The best time to see the gorge's stunning autumn colors is typically around mid-November, when the white cliff surfaces are particularly beautiful in contrast with the red and yellow leaves of the surrounding trees.Show Details