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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

YAMANASHI Kofu A historic city ringed by mountains, renowned for its abundant orchards and wineries

A historic city ringed by mountains, renowned for its abundant orchards and wineries

A natural basin close to Mt Fuji and easily accessible from Tokyo, the Kofu area is blessed with orchards and vineyards. Its Yamanashi peaches and cherries are famous throughout Japan. The city has castle ruins for exploring and hot springs for relaxing.

Don't Miss

  • The Lord Shingen Festival in spring: the largest parade of samurai warriors in Japan
  • Hiking through Shosenkyo Valley, which is considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Japan
  • Visiting one of the many local wineries
  • Picking peaches in the summer

How to Get There

Kofu is located in Central Yamanashi. There is easy rail access from Shinjuku Station to Kofu Station.

Take an express train from Shinjuku Station to Kofu Station on the JR Chuo Line. The journey takes about 90 minutes. Highway buses from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal reach Kofu in just over two hours.

Spectacular samurai

Held in early April, the Shingen-Ko Festival is thrilling to watch, as over a thousand men and women parade through the streets of central Kofu in period costumes. Named for warlord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), the parade starts from Kofu Station to re-enact events from the Warring States period of the 15th and 16th centuries. As part of the spectacle, dozens of warriors ride horses along the route well into the evening. The Kofu Castle ruins are a great spot to take striking photographs of the event.

Relax in a bath with a view

When it comes to hot springs, Kofu offers an abundance of pleasant options. Yumura Onsen to the west and Isawa Onsen to the east offer many different bathing experiences. Isawa Onsen Kagetsu is one of the most luxurious traditional inns in the area, with around 8,000 carp in the ornamental ponds of its extensive traditional gardens.

Mitama no Yu in the mountains to the south of Kofu is famous for its outdoor baths and night views.

Fruits Onsen Pukupuku to the east offers lovely night views from its fruit and flower-infused baths.

Discover the local vintages

There are many wineries open to the public around the Kofu Basin area, where wine has been produced for around 150 years. The first grapes arrived in the area via the Silk Road in the sixth century. Nowadays the Koshu grape variety is the most common, which is said to pair well with Japanese cuisine.

The Koshu and Fuefuki areas have most of the wineries. With its magnificent views of Mt. Fuji, Suntory Tominooka Winery is a beautiful location for sampling the local wines.

Eat more fruit

The Kofu Basin is renowned for its year-round fruit production, including peaches, grapes, persimmons, cherries, plums, pears, apples, kiwi fruits and strawberries. Many farms provide the chance to pick and eat your own fruit. To get a view of the abundant blossoms, the orchards around Kofu burst into color every spring. The view of a snow-capped Mt. Fuji framed by peach blossoms at one of Misaka Town's peach orchards is truly unforgettable.

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