5 Reasons to Venture Outside of Tokyo with a Fun Kofu Day-Trip!

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  • Have you ever heard of Kofu? Kofu is a town in the Yamanashi prefecture, next to Tokyo. Though this is not a very famous place, Kofu has a lot of attractive sites. Here are five popular sites in Yamanashi that are worth the visit!

    1. Shadow Picture Museum


    This museum features shadow pictures created by a Japanese artist, Seiji Fujishiro, and is known as the first museum featuring shadow pictures all over the world.

    Shadow pictures are enjoyable only when space and lighting are designed for them, so this museum can give you an unforgettable time with well-designed architecture and marvelous art.

    Shadow Picture Museum Website*Japanese Only

    2. Furouen Park


    Furouen Park, meaning Garden Park of Eternal Life, has about 3,200 Japanese plum blossom trees. This garden park opens only in February and March because is only used for enjoying plum blossom season. Actually, there are many garden parks which have plum trees in Japan, but in this park, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji over the blossoms as well. This Japanese traditional elegance would be unforgettable for you, so when you come to Japan in February or March, don’t miss this garden park!

    Furouen Park Website

    3. Winery Sadoya


    Yamanashi prefecture is known for wine production, called Koshu Wine and are getting good reviews even internationally.

    Sadoya, established in 1917, is one of the wineries in Kofu where you can experience a winery tour and, of course, taste some wine!

    Winery Sadoya Website*Japanese Only

    4. Shosenkyo Valley


    Shosenkyo Valley is just as large and includes some shrines, a temple, and museum. So even if you cannot travel throughout the entire area, you can enjoy its beautiful natural scenery especially if you take the Syosenkyo ropeway – the scenery is magnificent.

    Shosenkyo Valley Website

    5. Hottarakashi Onsen (Hottarakashi Hot Spring)


    This hot spring is known for its beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji as shown in this picture. However, you can also enjoy sunrise, sunset and night views.

    Facilities include 2 hot springs (Kocchi-no-Yu and Acchi-no-Yu), a souvenir shop and a snack stand. Acchi-no-Yu opens one-hour before sunrise, so pay a visit to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from Mt. Fuji.

    Getting there: Take Chuo Line- Limited Express from Shinjuku station (Tokyo) to Yamanashishi Station (Yamanashi), then take Taxi to Hottarakashi Onsen

    Hottarakashi Onsen Website*Japanese Only

    Even though Kofu is only about two hours away from Tokyo, you will truly enjoy blessed natural beauty here. So, if you are planning a trip to Tokyo, why don’t you add a short day-trip to Kofu as well?

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