Visit Kofu - Official Tourism Website for Kofu City
Discovering Kofu’s history and traditional crafts
Enjoy exploring the city’s historic parks and wide range of regional products including the traditional craft of “Koshu Inden” and excellent local wine!
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Kofu Station
↓Approx. 2 min on foot
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Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum

Travel back 100 years at this classic local school!
  • Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum
  • Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum
  • Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum
  • Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum
The Kofu Fujimura Memorial Museum is housed in a reconstructed school building. The museum offers displays on the history of education in Kofu, traditional textbooks and archives on many contributors to Kofu’s cultural development.
Approx. 2 min on foot
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Kofu City History Park

Gaze up at the reconstructed castle gates and Mount Fuji from the heart of the city
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
  • Kofu City History Park
Located in the heart of Kofu on the north side of the station, Kofu City History Park is a lovely park to stroll around in while surrounded by historical buildings faithfully reconstructed using traditional methods.
The splendid view of Mount Fuji visitors can enjoy on a clear day from the park and the observation deck of the Yamanotegomon Gate is one of the 100 most famous in the Kanto region.

Come early April, the rare, once extinct "Great White" cherry trees planted on the park's premises bloom into life and blend in beautifully with the white walls of the Yamanotegomon Gate.
Approx. 2 min on foot
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Koshu Yumekoji

A shopping alley in the heart of a traditional Japanese castle town
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
  • Koshu Yumekoji
Koshu Yumekoji is home to a wide range of shops offering local produce including a variety of local wines and traditional crafts. The complex also has a number of restaurants and cafes where visitors can enjoy regional cuisine and sweets.
Approx. 5 min on foot
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Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)

One of Japan's 100 most famous castle sites, faithfully reconstructed
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
  • Maizuru Castle Park (Kofu Castle Ruins)
Kofu Castle was built in the late 16th century after the downfall of the powerful Takeda clan by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the three great unifiers of Japan, and used to be a major strategic stronghold protecting the west of Edo, present-day Tokyo.
While it was destroyed in a fire in 1727, the original stone walls remain, and parts of the castle, such as the gates and the Inari-yagura watchtower, have been faithfully reconstructed in recent years using traditional methods from the original time of construction.

The highest point of the park, which is presumed to have been where the castle keep once stood, offers an unbroken panoramic view of the city, the Kofu basin, the Koshu Yume Koji shopping street, the surrounding mountains and Mount Fuji on a clear day.

The park is an especially popular spot in the spring, when it becomes abound with visitors looking for a stroll or a relaxing time under the 160 beautiful cherry trees blooming on the premises, with beautiful views of Mount Fuji in the background!
Approx. 10 min on foot
5

Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum

See the exquisite lacquer-based printing patterns of Yamanashi’s traditional artistic craft!
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
  • Inden-ya Yushichi Uehara and Inden Museum
“Koshu Inden” is a traditional craft of lacquer-based printing on deerskin with over 400 years of history in Yamanashi prefecture.
This traditional technique was originally used to make armour and helmets for samurai warriors.
The deerskin selected for Koshu Inden is very light and soft, and the specialised leather products continue to be very popular today.
Leather items in a wide variety of colours and patterns are available at the shop.
The Inden Museum offers a display of this traditional craft including antique items and modern products along with precious historical documents and Inden manufacturing tools.
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