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The Shingen-ko Festival

Guiness Book accredited largest gathering of Samurai Warriors in the World

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Relive the Past with the Warring States Picture Scroll!
Travel back in time to the Warring States period and into the ancient Kai Province where the branches of cherry blossom trees danced elegantly in the wind.
This festival ceremony realistically reenacts the marching of Takeda’s forces, known to be the strongest cavalry of the Warring States period.(1467-1590)

Event period: Every year in early April (April 3rd thru 5th 2020)
Location: Around Kofu Station and Maizurujo Park
Contact: Yamanashi Tourism Organization
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Lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573) , Hero of the Warring States Period

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Statue of Lord Takeda Shingen at JR Kofu Station

Japan’s Warring States period produced many heroes. Of these, Takeda Shingen is one of the most popular samurai alongside Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Shingen is famous as a tragic hero who died a mysterious death before the country could be unified under his rule.

The Land of Mt. Fuji and Samurai “YAMANASHI”
Unique in all Japan!

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Kofu Castle: Come take a photo of Mt. Fuji with a castle!

There are many famous castles in Japan, including the world heritage sites Himeji Castle, Nijo Castle, and Matsumoto Castle, but the only castle in Japan where you can take a photo of Mt. Fuji is Kofu Castle in Yamanashi Prefecture. The castle itself is not the original, but the stone walls surrounding it are a designated historic site with a history of over 400 years old. The beautiful castle and its walls evoke a marvelous landscape reminiscent of the olden days when they were first built. 
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The Shingen Museum and the Remains of the Takeda Residence
The Strongest Military Commander of the Warring States Period: Exploring the life of Takeda Shingen and the History of Kofu.
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Mt. Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage Site

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Sacred Mt. Fuji, Mt. Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage Site the Soul of the Japanese People

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Mt. Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage Site
Since ancient times, people have worshipped Mt. Fuji as a great mountain. Its universal beauty has also been the inspiration for numerous works of art. Thus, Mt. Fuji has become a symbol of Japan itself, and it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013

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Religious devotion to Mt. Fuji grew during the Edo
period(1603‒1868, and many people would make trips to Mt. Fuji. This sect became known as Fujiko.


The Holy Land for Mt. Fuji Worshippers

If you want to understand Mt. Fuji, you should check out all the cultural assets that make up the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site!

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine



This is one of the Asama shrines (volcano worshipping shrines) centered on the worship of Mt. Fuji. The solemnity and sacredness of the site can be felt in the main shrine and the path to the shrine gate lined with enormous trees.
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A Magnificent Buddhist Temple Tucked Away on Mt. Minobu

Minobusan Kuonji is the main temple of the "Nichiren-shu" Buddhist religious sect. At a time when the Japanese people were struggling through plagues and natural disasters, Monk Nichiren created the Lotus Sutra and began his missionary activities.
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 Kuon-ji Temple, Mt. Minobu

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Kuon-ji Temple is the head temples for the Nichiren sect, one of Japan’s main Buddhist sects. It was built by the priest Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren sect, 735 years ago during the Kamakura period.

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Why not stay at a temple guesthouse?

A shukubo, or temple guesthouse, refers to lodging facilities for temples. Mt. Minobu has about twenty such guesthouses.

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Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282)
Nichiren was one of Japan’s most well-known Buddhist priests. He founded the Nichiren sect during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and walked throughout Japan, expounding on the teachings of Buddha.

The ancient city of Yamanashi

Cultural properties and ruins still remain at the ancient city of Yamanashi.
Get in touch with the adventurous spirit of the Warring States period!

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Erin-ji Temple

This temple is dedicated to praying for Takeda Shingen, a feudal lord of the Warring States period. The garden is said to have been designed by Muso Kokushi and is a striking example of traditional Japanese beauty.

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Zazen Meditation at Erin-ji Temple

 It is not hyperbole to state that Erin-ji Temple, est. 1330, and its environs are without comparison in Japan. The temple is located in the picture-perfect enclave of Oyashiki, Kōshū City, Yamanashi. Oyashiki literally translates to “Mansions,” and there certainly are many extravagant homes in this unique area.  Learn more

Grapes and Wine
Yamanashi, the Birthplace of Japanese Wine-Making

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Koshu Wine
Approximately one-third of all Japanese wine is produced in Yamanashi. The Koshu wine produced from the distinctive Koshu grapes in particular is well-regarded worldwide as one of the best of Japanese wines.

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Koshu Grapes
“Koshu” is a grape variety unique to Japan. It is an ingredient in Koshu wine.

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Muscat Bailey A
A red-wine making grape variety unique to Japan, Muscat Bailey A is cultivated in large numbers here in Yamanashi.


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Visitors can taste-test around 200 varieties of Yamanashi wine at the underground wine cellar of katsunuma Budo-no-oka located in a hill that is surrounded on all sides by vineyards.

Katsunuma Budo-no-oka

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National Treasure Daizen-ji Temple (Budo-dera Temple)

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This temple is known by the nickname “Budo-dera,” meaning “grape temple.” The main hall is a precious wooden structure from the Kamakura period (1192-1333) that is now a national treasure.

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Daizen-ji Temple’s Yakushi Nyorai Statue

A famous monk named Gyoki enshrined this Yakushi Nyorai (Buddha of Medicine) at Daizen-ji Temple.
According to legend, this is also where cultivation of Koshu grapes, a fruit believed to have medicinal properties, was first taught to the villagers.


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  • December 6, 2019


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