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Frequently Asked Questions (English)

よくあるご質問(英語版)

Events
==Q==
Where can I find information on events that are held in Kofu?

==A==
Kofu city and Yamanashi prefecture are home to many different events every year. Please check the links below for information on all the events taking place in the city year-round, as well as for details on the various flowers that bloom in the city.

 

==Links==
  ・Event info in Kofu
  ・Flowers and fruits in Kofu
  ・Event info in Yamanashi

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==Q==
When is the Shingen-ko festival held?

==A==
The Shingen-ko festival is normally held on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday that precede April 12, the anniversary of Takeda Shingen's death.
See the link below for the festival's official website.

==Links==
  ・Shingen-ko festival

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==Q==
Can I participate in the Koshu samurai battalion parade at the Shingen-ko festival?

==A==
You can apply for the "Honjintai" and "Sanjofujin" parading groups; details on how to enter are posted on the Shingen-ko festival website every year in January.
In case there are too many applications, participants will be chosen at random through a lottery system. The cost to take part in the parade is around ¥15,000.

==Links==
  ・Shingen-ko festival
  ・TEL:Yamanashi Tourism Association 055-231-2722

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==Q==
Can I reserve seats?

==A==
It is entirely possible to enjoy the samurai parade for free, but if you wish to see the performance on the main stage from up close, we do recommend that you purchase a seat beforehand. Seat tickets go on sale at the beginning of March on a first-come-first-served basis.

==Links==
  ・Shingen-ko festival
  ・TEL:Yamanashi Tourism Association 055-231-2722
 
Experience
==Q==
It is my first time visiting Kofu. What are some of the things I can do here?

==A==
Kofu is in close proximity to Tokyo; lush nature, delicious fruits and rich history await just 90 minutes away from Shinjuku station by train or expressway bus. The city's main sightseeing spots are Shosenkyo gorge, known as one of the most beautiful in all of Japan; the fields of fresh peaches and pears in the summer, grapes in the fall and strawberries in the winter and spring, where you can go fruit picking at your leisure; and the numerous landmarks filled with history that trace all the way back to the warring states period, when famous warlord and Kofu hero Takeda Shingen reigned over the land.

Other spots that you will not want to miss include the famous Yumura hot-spring resort and the breathtaking views of the Kofu basin and Mt. Fuji from atop the various surrounding mountains, easily accessible from the city.

Feel free to ask us for recommendations!

==Links==
  ・Kofu Travel Guide
  ・TEL:Kofu Tourism Association 055-226-6550
      ・Email:info@e-kofu.com

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==Q==
Where can I do fruit picking activities?

==A==
As the capital city of the fruit kingdom of Japan, Kofu is ripe with opportunities for fruit picking:
Strawberries: end of January to beginning of May*
Pears : beginning of August to mid-August*
Grapes: August to end of October*
*depending on the climate

You can also enjoy peach (early July to end of August) and cherry picking (June) in the city's surrounding area.
Fresh and reasonably priced fruits and vegetables are available in local stores as well.

==Links==
  ・Strawberry picking in Kofu
  ・Grape picking in Kofu
  ・Other fruit picking activities in Yamanashi

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==Q==
What is there to do at night?

==A==
Kofu station has many nearby restaurants, cafés and bars.
The Kofu Food Village, a long and narrow alley of lanterns, is home to many spots beloved by locals, ranging from fancy restaurants to homey bars, where you can enjoy Yamanashi prefecture's finest wine, beers and traditional sake.

No worries if you cannot speak Japanese; some restaurants have "point-and-speak" conversation sheets available to help you communicate smoothly with the staff, called "Kofu Omotenashi Shops". Check the link below for more information.

If you do not mind a bit of walking, Kofu has many easily accessible trails leading up to viewpoints that offer breathtaking views of the city's nightscape and the Kofu basin, with Mt. Fuji in the distance. Check out the list of events happening year-round in Kofu for information on festivals you can also enjoy at night.
Feel free to ask us for recommendations!

==Links==
  ・Restaurants in Kofu
  ・Kofu Omotenashi Shops

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==Q==
Are there any kid-friendly spots?

==A==
Facilities that children will enjoy include:
- The Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
- The Kofu Yuki Zoological Park
- Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Archaeology
Fruit picking activities are also great for children and adults alike, depending on the season.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Prefectural Art Museum
  ・Kofu Yuki Zoological Park
  ・Yamanashi Prefectual Museum of Archaeology
  ・Strawberry picking in Kofu
  ・Grape picking in Kofu

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==Q==
What are some spots to visit on a rainy day?

==A==
Kofu has several indoor facilities that are perfect on a rainy day.
- Just a 10 minute walk from Kofu station, you will find: the Sadoya winery, the Fujimura Memorial Hall, the Yamanashi Jewelry Museum, the Museum of Modern Yamanashi Historical Figures, and the Yamanashi Chuo Bank Financial Data Museum.
- Other facilities include: the Shingen Museum, the Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center, the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Archaeology, and the Kage no Mori Shadowgraph Museum.

Feel free to ask us for more details!

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==Q==
What are some spots one can enjoy in the morning? Do some souvenir shops open early?

==A==
Located just a 3-minute walk away from Kofu station, Maizuru Castle Park is one of the best spots to enjoy early in the morning, as you can take in the entire scenery of the Kofu basin with Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps in the distance from the observation platform at the top of the castle.
In the summer, you can escape from the heat by going on an refreshing, early morning hike to one of the 25 famous peaks of Kofu, for an amazing view of the Kofu basin from the top; the most easily accessible ones from the city center include Mt. Atago (Atagoyama Children's Park) and Mt. Hakusan.

The souvenir shop next to the Kofu station ticket gate opens from 8:00 in the morning.

==Links==
  ・CELEO KOFU

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==Q==
What are some of the flowers I can see in Kofu?

==A==
Kofu is home to beautiful flowers all-year round, changing with every season; check the links below for more information.

==Links==
  ・Flowers and fruits in Kofu
  ・Flower spots in Yamanashi
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==Q==
Are there any spot I can visit for free?

==A==
Sightseeing spots that are completely free to visit include:
Shosenkyo gorge and its Crystal Sound Museum, the Fujimura Memorial Hall, the Yamanashi Jewelry Museum, the Museum of Modern Yamanashi Historical Figures, and the Yamanashi Chuo Bank Financial Data Museum.

Most shrines and temples are free to enter (some places do however require an entry fee).

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==Q==
Where in Kofu can I enjoy some unique activities?

==A==
Winery tours, jewelry making, houtou noodles making and zazen meditation can be enjoyed all year round.
You can go grape-picking from July to early November, and strawberry picking from January to May.

==Links==
  ・Wineries in Kofu
  ・Jewelry making
  ・Houtou noodles making
  ・Strawberry picking in Kofu
  ・Grape picking in Kofu

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==Q==
Where can I see Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps?

==A==
The Kofu basin is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and the city offers an abundance of spots from which to take in majestic views featuring Mt. Fuji in the distance, starting right at Kofu station.

Kofu station area: Maizuru Castle Park, exhibition room at the Yamanote Watari Kagura gate (Kofu History Park), Kofu City Hall (10th floor, from 8:30 to 21:30), CELEO mall (6th floor, from 10:00 to 15:30)

For lovers of hikes and outdoor activities: - Panoramic platform at Mt. Atago Children's Park - Hachioji shrine on top of Mt. Hakusan - Takeda no Mori Forest (Miharashi-dai viewing platform) - Wada-toge Pass (Miharashi-hiroba viewpoint plaza) - Shosenkyo gorge area: Shosenkyo observation platform past the Shosenkyo Ropeway; top of Mt. Yasaburo
Feel free to ask us for more information!

==Links==
  ・Maizuru Castle
  ・Wada-toge pass
  ・Mt. Yasaburo at Shosenkyo gorge

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==Q==
Where can I go experience nature?

==A==
Shosenkyo gorge, Takeda no Mori Forest, Mt. Atago and Mt. Hakusan all make for perfect outdoor outings.
If you are walking from Kofu station, we recommend Mt. Atago. If you have a car or plan on going by bus or taxi, or if you enjoy long walks, Shosenkyo gorge, Takeda no Mori Forest and Mt. Hakusan are your best choices.

==Links==
  ・Sample Itineraries

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==Q==
Where can I take part in a winery tour? Are there tours in English?

==A==
Kofu is home to 4 wineries:
Sadoya (¥1000 for the winery tour, reservation required)
Château Sakaori (free winery tour)
Kofu Wine port (free winery tour, reservation required)
Shingen Winery (free winery tour, reservation required)

English tours are not offered at the moment, but private Yamanashi tour guides do offer their services for these places. Please enquire with the Yamanashi Tourism Association if you are interested in getting a tour.

==Links==
  ・Wineries in Kofu
  ・TEL:Yamanashi Tourism Association 055-231-2722
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==Q==
When can I climb Mt. Fuji?

==A==
Mt. Fuji climbing season generally spans for two months starting July 1st when you climb from the Yamanashi area.
Please check the link below for essential information to know before climbing.

==Links==
  ・Climbing Mt. Fuji

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==Q==
Where can I have a try at making jewelry?

==A==
You can enjoy jewelry making activities at the following facilities:
Yamanashi Jewelry Museum
Crystal Museum
To LABO
LUCKY OPEN FACTORY

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Jewelry Museum
  ・Crystal Museum
  ・To LABO
  ・LUCKY OPEN FACTORY
Guide tour
==Q==
How can I apply for a tourist guide?

==A==
In Kofu city, there are three tourist guide;
・Kofu city tourist guide(FREE)
・Shosenkyo gorge tourist guide (Charge)
・Kofu castle tourist guide (FREE)
You need to apply "Kofu city tourist guide" and "Shosenkyo gorge tourist guide" in advance. Kofu castle tourist guides are normally in Kofu castle wearing red vest ( You can apply in advance).

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==Q==
Are there any tour which I can apply after I arrive at Kofu?

==A==
There are no travel tour you can apply after you arrive at Kofu. But there are some facilities which have tour like winery tour, jewelry making, fruits picking. You need to apply to each facility.

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==Q==
Are there any tour bus?

==A==
There is no sightseeing bus in Kofu.
You can get to sightseeing spot by city bus. Please feel free to ask Bus center.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu bus
  ・TEL :Yamanashi Bus center 055-223-0821

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==Q==
Are there any tour I can go around sightseeing spots in Kofu by taxi?

==A==
We have taxi sightseeing tour from Kofu station or other station in Yamanashi prefecture, produced by taxi company.
Please check the website of taxi company.

==Links==
  ・http://taxi-yamanashi.org/sub_page5.html
 
Shopping
==Q==
Please tell me the shops which sells many souvenirs.

==A==
There are many souvenir shops around Kofu station and sightseeing facilities.
Around Kofu station: shop next to Kofu station ticket gate, Koshu Yume Koji
Other: Kai terrace(near Kaizenkoji temple), Kabutoya(Near Takeda jinja)
Meals
==Q==
Are there any restaurants where I can enjoy even if I cannot speak Japaese?

==A==
Yes there are! In Kofu city there are many shops called "Kofu city Omotenashi shop" which welcome you even if you cannot speak Japanese. These shops have "multilingual pointing sheet" and you can communicate with the shop staff with it when you want to order.

==Links==
  ・Kofu city Omotenashi shop

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==Q==
I want to eat Kofu-style food. What kind food can I eat?

==A==
Houtou (thick noodle with miso taste soup and seasonal vesitable)
Ozara (thick cold noodle with soy sause taste soup with seasonal vegitable)
Kofu Torimotsu ni ( Chicken giblets boiled with soy sause and sugar)
Basashi (Horse raw meat)
These are one of Kofu-style food.
Besides, Kofu city is birthplace of Japan Wine and you can try many kinds of Yamanashi wine as well. You can enjoy tasty sake made in Yamanshi. Please enjoy food and drink in Kofu.

==Links==
  ・Kofu style food

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==Q==
Are there some place I can eat only vegetable?

==A==
There are some restaurants you can enjoy vegetable meal.
Please check the website.

==Links==
  ・Fluunt Kofu

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==Q==
Are there any shops open after 9:00 p.m.?

==A==
Yes there are. Near Kofu station, there are many restaurants and bar you can enjoy after 9:00 p.m.
Please check the website below.

==Links==
  ・Gourmet info in Kofu
  ・NOMUCA

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==Q==
Are there any sports bar in Kofu?

==A==
Yes there are some sports bar in Kofu.
Some restaurants have TV inside and you can see sports program like Olympic while eating.

==Links==
  ・Sports bar
Hotels
==Q==
Can you book the accommodation?

==A==
I cannot make a reservation on behalf of you.
You can book the accommodation online. Please check it.

==Links==
  ・Hotels in Kofu

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==Q==
How can I book the accommodation of Mt. Fuji moutain hut?

==A==
The way to book Mt.Fuji moutain hut depends on each moutain hut.
Please chack the website.

==Links==
  ・The guide of Mt. Fuji

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==Q==
Are there any hotel or accommodation which costs cheaper when I stay several nights?

==A==
It depends on the facility and time, so please ask each facility.

==Links==
  ・Kofu Hotel Ryokan Cooperative association
  ・Yumura Onsen ryokan Cooperative association
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==Q==
Are there any accommodation with hotsprings?

==A==
In Kofu city, there are two hotspring area, "Kofu Onsen" and "Yumura Onsen".
The hotels contains Kofu Onsen is
・Konaya Hotel
・Danrokan
The hotels contains Yumura Onsen is 
・Tokiwa Hotel
・Kofu Kinenbi Hotel
・Yanagiya
・Rakusuien
・Rakusuien
・Yumura hotel B&B
・Hotel Yoshino
・Koboyu
・Tomiya
・Shimaya
・Miwada

==Links==
  ・Yumura Onsen
Bus
==Q==
I want to know how to get on a bus in Kofu.

==A==
Please get on from the center door or the rear door of the bus. If you pay in cash, please pick numbered ticket when you get on the bus. If you pay IC card, please hold your card over the card reader.
Please check the website.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu

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==Q==
I want to know how to check the bus fare.

==A==
It will be displayed in units of 10 yen on the fare table. Please check the same number of the numbered ticket.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
Yamanashi Kotsu

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==Q==
In there a discount for disabled people?

==A==
Yes there is. Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu
Train
==Q==
From Kofu station, where can I go to?

==A==
Kofu station has Chuo line( Tokyo⇔Kofu⇔Nagano) and Minobu line(Kofu⇔Shizuoka). You can move not only within the prefecture but also outside the prefecture like Tokyo, Nagano and Shizuoka without transfer.
You can use IC card on the Chuo line, but not on the Minobu line.
Taxi
==Q==
Is it easy to catck taxi near Kofu station?

==A==
Taxis are always in front of the Kofu station.
If you want to catch the taxi and you cannot find it, you can call taxi company to pick up.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Taxi in Kofu

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==Q==
I want to know the taxi fare.

==A==
It normally costs 740 yen for the first 1.8km. After that it costs higher depending on the time and mileage.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Taxi in Yamanashi
Car
==Q==
Are there any parking lot in Kofu?

==A==
There are many parking lot near Kofu station available for 24 hours.
And each sightseeng spots have own parking lot.

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==Q==
Is there somewhere I can rent a car?

==A==
Toyota Rent a car・Nissan Rent a car・Nippon Rent a car・Eki Rent a car・Orix Rent a car is close to Kofu station. If you haven't book yet, some shops can  rent the car. Please ask them.
You need some documents when you apply, so please check in advance.

==Links==
  ・Toyota Rent a car
  ・Nissan Rent a car
  ・Orix Rent a car
  ・For the first-time users
Other access
==Q==
Are there any discount when I use some transportation with IC card?

==A==
Yes. When you use Pasmo and Suica on Yamanashi Kotsu bus, you can get "Basutoku" special ticket. Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/highway_bus/

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==Q==
I want to know how to get to Airport from Kofu city.

==A==
There is highway bus between Kofu and Haneda, Kofu and Narita.
And you can go to Narita or Haneda airport from Kofu station by transfer.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu

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==Q==
How can I go to Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko area?

==A==
From Kofu, you can go to Kawaguchiko by Fujikyuko bus for 1h20min. And you can use train from Kofu station when you change the line from Chuo line to Fujikyuko line at Otsuki station.

==Links==
        
Fujikyukobus
  ・https://bus.fujikyu.co.jp/rosen/detail/id/8/#d_h01

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==Q==
Is there any item that comes with a transportation ticket?

==A==
There is the discont set item of bus ticket and 1-day Pass of Fujikyu highland. Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Fujikyuko bus

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==Q==
What kind of transportaiton do you recommend to ride in Kofu?

==A==
Bus or Electric Rental Cycle would be better to go around Kofu sightseeing spots.
Rental bicycles are available in 4 hotels( Hotel New Station, Suehiro, Hotel Danrokan, Konaya Hotel)  for 1000yen par a day.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu bus
  ・Rental bicycle

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==Q==
Where can I get the Rental cicycle?

==A==
Rental bicycles are available in 4 hotels( Hotel New Station, Suehiro, Hotel Danrokan, Konaya Hotel)  for 1000yen par a day.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Rental bicycle

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==Q==
I want to know how to get to Shosenkyo gorge.

==A==
From south exit of Kofu station, you can get on the bus at No.4 stop. Please check the website for details.

==Links==
        
yamanashikotsu
  ・http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/wp/wp-content/themes/yamako/pdf/timetable/100023-4-2.pdf

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==Q==
I want to know how to get to Takeda shrine.

==A==
From north exit of Kofu station, you can get on the bus at No.2 stop. Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi Kotsu
Access
==Q==
Are there any other way to go to sightseeing spot, if I cannot get on the bus because of the congestion?

==A==
Taxis, trains, and Rental bicycles are available to get to some sightseeing spots.

==Links==
  ・Rental bicycle
  ・Taxi in Kofu
Station・Facility
==Q==
Where is tourist information center in Kofu?

==A==
It's in the south exit of Kofu station.

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==Q==
I want to get tour guide book. Where can I get it?

==A==
You can get Kofu tour guide book in Kofu city tourist information center at the south exit of Kofu station and Kofu city office.
And you can see online as well.

==Links==
  ・Kofu Travel Guidebook
  ・50 things you can do in Kofu
  ・Rurubu Kofu

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==Q==
Are there any drugstore near Kofu station?

==A==
The nearest drugstore is at the 3rd floor of CELEO Kofu(Kofu Station Building).
If you want to know more, please ask us.

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi medical net

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==Q==
I want to know where I can use ATM and money changer.

==A==
There is ATM in Kofu station concourse area and 1st floor of Kofu station building.

==Links==
  ・map of Kofu station

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==Q==
I want to know where I can smoke.

==A==
You can smoke in front of public toilet of south exit of Kofu station.

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==Q==
I want to know where I can change baby's diaper and breastfeed.

==A==
There is a table on which diapers can be changed in many facilities in Kofu.
[Near Kofu station]
the 3rd floor of CELEO Kofu
Yamanashi prefectual library
Kofu city office
Bousai shinkan
Okajima hyakkaten
Breastfeeding is also available in these facilities above.
You can use it while the facilities opens.

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==Q==
Are there some gourmet map of Kofu?

==A==
You can get gourmet map at Kofu city tourist information center.

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==Q==
Where can I buy Ekiben?

==A==
There is a Ekiben shop when you enter the ticket gate or in platform 2 and 3.

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==Q==
I couldn't open the coin locker.

==A==
The storage period for coin lockers of JR is 3 days. If you didn’t pick up your baggage within 3days or you lost the key, please call the office written on the coin locker.
If you put the baggage in other coin locker, please ask the office of the facilty.

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==Q==
Are there some supermarket near Kofu station?

==A==
[Supermarket]
Ogino (it takes 15min from Kofu station on foot in Asahi cho.)
Kokori 1st basement(Ion. It takes 10min from Kofu station)

[Food market]
CELEO 1st floor
Okajima 1st basement

==Links==
  ・Ogino Asahi
  ・Kokori Ion
  ・CELEO Kofu
  ・Okajima
Physical Condition
==Q==
I suddenly became sick…

==A==
There is multilingual medical website "Yamanashi Iryo net"

==Links==
  ・Yamanashi medical net
Barrier-free
==Q==
I need a wheelchair…

==A==
There is one wheelchair at Kofu city tourist information center. Please feel free to contact us.
We temporarily lend wheelchairs to people who have a physical disability certificate at Kofu city office. If you suddenly need it because of injury or any other situation, please call the number below.
Kofu city office, disability welfare division 055-237-5642

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==Q==
Are there any sightseeing spots which wheelchair accessible?

==A==
[10 min walk from Kofu station]
Fujimura memorial hall
Kofu city history park,
Yamanashi juwerly museum
 Yamanashi chuo bank money museum,
[other]
Yamanashi prefectual science center 
Yamanashi prefectual art museum
Yamanashi prefectual museum of Archaeology
Fudoki no Oka Farmer's market
Inden museum
These facilities have slope for wheelchairs

if you want to know more, please ask us!
Other trouble
==Q==
I lost something. Where should I contact with?

==A==
It depends on where you lost.

 JR:https://www.jreast.co.jp/info/lost.html
 Yamanashi Kotsu bus:http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/index/route_bus/faq/
 Fujikyuko bus:https://bus.fujikyu.co.jp/other/qa
 Taxi:Please call each taxi company(http://www.taxi-yamanashi.org/sub_page2.html)
 Other place:Please ask Police office(https://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/police/kenkei/otoshimono/index.html)

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==Q==
I want to charge my cell phone. Is there a place where I can charge it?

==A==
There is one at Kofu city tourist information center near Kofu station. You can rent a mobile battery for a fee.
And there is café or some shops you can use an outlet.

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==Q==
Can I use free wifi in Kofu city?

==A==
We recommend you to use "KOFU SAMURAI Wi-Fi" which you can find many area in Kofu.
Please check the website for details.

==Links==
  ・KOFU SAMURAI Wi-Fi
Others
==Q==
Are there any Net café near Kofu station?

==A==
There is no Net café near Kofu station, but there are some which takes 15min from Kofu station by car.
・Net Café Sheepbox( 2-22-3, Shimoishida, Kofu city)
・Kaikatsu club Kamiahara(455-1 Kamiahara, Kofu city)

If you just want to check use Internet, there are some free tablet you can serch website at Kofu city tourist information center.

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==Q==
What kind of cloth should I wear when I stay Kofu?

==A==
Kofu city is basin surrouded by high mountains. In summer it's humid and in winter it's chilly climate. It doesn't snow much in Kofu which is basin, but it snows in Shosenkyo gorge or other higher altitude area.
Please feel free to ask us.

==Links==
  ・Weather in Kofu

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==Q==
Where can I check my baggage?

==A==
There are coin lockers in north concorce of Kofu station.
And there are some in CELEO Kofu( refrigerated locker) and in Yamanashi prefectual library.

==Links==
  ・A map of Kofu station

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