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Exploring Takeda Shingen and the History of Kofu

The Shingen Museum was opened in 2019, the same year as the 500th anniversary of the establishment of Kofu. It is located to the south of Takeda Shrine, which is the former site of the Takeda Residence, the home of Takeda Shingen, who was said to be the strongest military commander of Japan’s Warring States period (from the late 15th to the late 16th century).


Shingen Museum
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
Days Closed: Tuesdays, and 12/29-12/31
Admission: Permanent Exhibit, Free
                  Special Exhibit, \300 (high school students and younger free)
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Permanent Exhibit (Free)
The Shingen Museum’s permanent exhibit is a panel display of the history of the Takeda family and the town of Kofu that prospered under their control. (This display also has English explanations)
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Special Exhibit (has entrance fee)

The special exhibit introduces the history of the Warring States period alongside artifacts discovered in an archeological excavation of the grounds of the Takeda residence.
In the Warring States period, the Takeda army was known for having the best cavalry in the country. During the archeological dig, the full skeletal remains of a contemporary horse was excavated from the site. This was the first time that a full horse skeleton in such good condition was discovered in Japan. A replica of the skeleton is on display in the special exhibit, and you can see that horses in the Warring States period were smaller than you might imagine.

Former Horita Family Residence (Horita Old Castle Garden)

The Horita Old Castle Garden is located right next to the Shingen Museum. The construction is Japanese style, from around 1930, and the fixtures (doors, screens, etc.) and window glass are all original to the building. When you take a step inside, you immediately notice the retro atmosphere. You can tour the inside of the building freely.

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Soba・Café Yubuhime


There is a café called Yubuhime on the grounds of the Shingen Museum.
In addition to soba, udon, and ramen, they also serve ice cream topped with the Yamanashi specialty Kikyo Shingen Mochi.


Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed Tuesdays (when a holiday falls on a Tuesday, the store is open and will be closed the following day instead. There may also be temporary closings.)

Takeda Shrine and the Remains of the Takeda Resdidence


Takeda Shrine is across the street from the Shingen Museum.
This is where the hero of Yamanashi, Takeda Shingen, is enshrined.
This is the place where three generations of the Takeda family actually lived.
It is designated by the country as a historic site, and still has the moat and earthen walls for fortification built in the Takeda era (1519-1579).


Remains of the Takeda Residence, Main Entrance



Moat at the remains of the Takeda residence


Grounds of the remains of the Takeda residence

Kofu is an old castle town where vestiges of the samurai era and the Warring States period still remain.
Kofu is a great place to walk around and enjoy yourself while learning about samurais and Japanese history.


8 minutes by bus from Kofu Station North Exit
Take the Yamanashi Kotsu bus toward Takeda Shrine or Sekisuiji.

On the bus toward Takeda Shrine, get off at the last stop.
On the bus toward Sekisuiji, get off at Takeda Shrine.
Buses leave for Takeda Shrine from terminal 2 on the north side of Kofu Station every 30 minutes.


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Published on

  • June 14, 2019


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