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Kōfu (甲府) [2] is the capital of Yamanashi prefecture.


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By train[edit]

There are Limited Express trains "Kaiji" and "Azusa" departing from Shinjuku or Tokyo station then reaching Kofu in one hour and half (about 3600 yen without reserved seat) and then on to Matsumoto. It is also possible, for about 2300 yen and an extra hour of travelling, to take local trains of the JR Chuo Line Rapid Service, switching at Takao.

The Chuo Line runs right through Kofu and accepts Suica cards.

Also in Kofu is the Minobu line which runs from Kofu, through Minobu, to Fuji in Shizuoka. This is a very quaint railway line, it is single tracked in most places. Getting into Kofu one must take a ticket from a dispenser on the train when you board. Going away from Kofu one must give their ticket to the driver as they leave. The Minobu line serves as a local line in Kofu, having many stations within the city.

By bus[edit]

There are highway busses between Kofu and Shinjuku which on paper take two hours; this is shorter than the local train and challenges the express. In practice however traffic can delay this journey to over three hours. The advantage of the bus is that it is cheaper, costing about 2000 yen. The reservation can be done through this page (in Japanese)

Get around[edit]

Kofu is very much a car driven city. The entire city is designed around the idea that everyone has a car with most shops being out of the city centre, by the side of dual carriageways.

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Mt Fuji! Though Kofu is in the north of the prefecture and Fuji in the south the famous mountain is easily viewable from Kofu.

The Takeda Shingen shrine is located directly north of the station. It is a long walk (a little under 2 miles) and involves going past the local university. It is quite a pretty shrine.

Kofu Castle was largely demolished in the 19th century, at present it is more of a pretty park than a castle. The walls however remain impressive. Though it doesn't compare well to the great castles of Japan it is certainly in better shape than the likes of Fukui castle. Reconstruction works are ongoing, with parts of it being rebuilt according to traditional methods. There now exists a castle tower and a very impressive gatehouse (this being seperate from the rest of the castle, north of Kofu station). There are frequent talks of rebuilding the donjon.

The prefectural art museum has some interesting paintings including several by well known artists.

The local football team Ventforet Kofu have their stadium in Kose Sports Park, an area very far from the city centre and reachable only by bus.

Shosenkyo gorge is in the north of the city. It is a famous scenic spot especially in autumn. It is reachable in an hour or so by bus from Kofu station.

Budonooka is a complex including wine tasting room and wine shop, onsen, restaurant and hotel located in the near city of Koshu. From Kofu station take the JR Chuo Line direction Takao and get off at Katsunumabudokyo station. The complex can be reached after a short ride in taxi or is 30mn by walk with nice views or the surrounding vineyard.

Takeda Matsui on the first Saturday of April is a big, famous festival.

The mountains in the north side of the city contain some beautiful scenery and some wonderful views of the Kofu basin and Mt Fuji.

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Kofu is famous for grapes and wine.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Houtou soup and raw horse meat are the famous foods of Kofu.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Kofu has three pubs. The Rink is small and quiet, it stands just by Kofu`s own minature scramble crossing.

Hops and Herbs is a microbrewery, located on the next street down from Orion street, a bust street full of hostess clubs.

The Vault is the usual foreigner pub, it is quite expensive and empty during weekdays but full on weekends. It is located just down from the entrance to Orion Street. Near Okajima department store.

There are three bars; JuJu and Music Box, which are located in the same building just off Orion Square, and Club Goa which is below the rink.

There are several izakayas of variable quality.

There are no clubs.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Toyoko Inn Kofu-eki Minami-guchi No.1, 1-13-20, Marunouchi Kofu-city, Yamanashi (7 minutes walk from Kofu Station (JR Chuo-Line)), +81-(0)55-226-1045, [1]. checkin: 16; checkout: 10. Part of the popular economy hotel chain Toyoko Inn. The hotel offers free breakfast and free WI-FI to guests, and there's free curry rice in the week (save for Thursdays and holidays) from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. (First come first serve, though) Double rooms from 6,800 and single rooms at 4,800. 4,800 (without taxes).  edit

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Get out[edit]

Routes through Kofu
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