Enjoy savouring local specialties including the famous Hoto Noodles and a selection of excellent local wine! Farms where you can pick your own strawberries are also open to the public in winter and spring.
Approx. 10 min by car
Fudoki no Oka Farmers’ Market
Fudoki no Oka Farmers’ Market offers a wide range of seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly picked out from the nearby fields of the plentiful Nakamichi district.
Popular products include fresh sweet corn (notably the famous Kimihime and Millefeuille varieties), peaches, plums and grapes, many of those branded as exceptional products by the Kofu no Akashi certification. Customers can also come stock up on local specialties and food-related souvenirs, as well as eat lunch at the "Ajisai Farm Kitchen" cafeteria to get a taste of the local cuisine, made with fresh seasonal ingredients.
The Tomorokoshi Corn Festival takes place every year in June and allows visitors to take part in corn picking activities in the fields.
Approx. 30 min by car
With a history stretching back one hundred years to 1917, Sadoya is Kofu's oldest winery, located just a 5-minute trek from the bustling downtown area of Kofu station, in a beautiful village themed after the French wine-making region of Provence.
The winery prides itself on growing the same grape varieties as in the Bordeaux region: Semillon for its white wines and Cabernet Sauvignon for its reds. Its flagship wine, "Château Brillant", can be found in the on-site shop along with the ever-so popular "Kofu Sparkling", made from local yeast and Koshu grapes.
Tours of the winery complete with wine tastings are available in Japanese, and the picturesque estate also houses "Real D’Or", a restaurant inspired by French cuisine where one can enjoy a lavish dinner and a Sommelier-picked wine-tasting course.
Approx. 2 min by car
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. 10 min on foot
Hoto Noodles are a traditional dish of Kofu consisting of simmering thick, flat noodles cooked together with in-season vegetables in miso soup. Hoto Noodles with fluffy and sweet Kabocha squash are a favourite local staple! Legend has it that the famous warrior Shingen Takeda who ruled over Kofu enjoyed Hoto Noodles as a meal between battles.
Chicken Motsuni is a dish of braised chicken offal with soy sauce and sugar. Local Izakayas and Soba noodle restaurants often offer this dish as a starter. The rich and flavoursome taste is a perfect pairing for sake or red wine!
Kofu is the birthplace of wine making in Japan. Started with techniques learned in France 140 years ago, today there are 80 wineries in Yamanashi. Koshu wine made from locally produced Koshu grapes creates a perfect pairing with Japanese cuisine. Visitors can join tours and enjoy tasting regional wine at four wineries in Kofu. A variety of local wine can be enjoyed at cafes and restaurants in the city.