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

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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 is not original, but the stone walls surrounding it are over 400 years old and evoke the ancient time when they were built. The castle walls are a designated historic site.

Photo Spots

1) Here’s a photo of some “samurai” with a view of Mt. Fuji in the background from on top of Kofu Castle’s Yamanote gate.


You can access this spot by going through the exhibit space at Kofu Castles’s Yamanote gate. The lookout is a great spot to take pictures.



Exhibit Room (the door in the back of the room leads to a lookout spot)

Kofu Castle, Yamanote Gate
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed on Monday (if Monday is a holiday, then it is open)
Closed on days following a holiday, and for the New Year holiday from 12/29 to 1/3
Entrance is free
3 minute walk from the north exit of Kofu station

Lookout Spot

2) The spot where you can see Mt. Fuji is from the outside of Kofu Castle’s Yamanote gate. Even when the exhibit space is closed, you can still go here whenever you want.



Access to Kofu Castle

3 minute walk from Kofu Station, north exit.

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Access to Kofu Station


From Shinjuku Station: 1 hour and 30 minutes on the JR Chuo Line Express
From Matsumoto Station: 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Line Express
From Nagoya Station: 1 hour on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Shizuoka Station; then 2 hours and 10 minutes on the Minobu Line to Kofu Station

Highway Bus

◆Highway Bus from the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal to Kofu Station, 2 hours and 10 minutes

◆Highway Bus from Nagoya Station to Kofu Station, 4 hours

◆Highway Bus from Osaka/Kyoto area: board in Osaka (Abe no Hashi), 8 hours and 40minutes to Kofu Station


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