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  • Kanazakura-jinja Shrine 金櫻神社

    Kanazakura-jinja Shrine

    Ukon-no-Sakura, the golden cherry blossom tree

    The golden cherry blossom tree at Kanazakura-jinja Shrine near Yamanashi’s major scenic spot, Shosenkyo, produces gold-tinged flowers. It is said that you will be blessed with luck and money throughout your life if you pray while this tree is in bloom.


    2347 Mitake-cho, Kofu-shi



    4 Prefecture Designated Cultural Properties


  • Kandaten-jinja Shrine 菅田天神社

    Kandaten-jinja Shrine

    Zuishinmon Gate

    Although it is located in the city area of Enzan, Koshu-City, Kandaten-jinja Shrine has a tranquil atmosphere. It stores the treasures of the family of the military commander, Takeda Shingen, including the “Tatenashi Armor.”


    1054 Kamiozo, Enzan, Koshu-shi



    1 National Treasure, 1 Prefecture Designated Natural Monument

    Contribution, no parking lot

  • Negoya-jinja Shrine 根古屋神社

    Negoya-jinja Shrine

    Large Zelkova Tree

    The shrine was established to protect the castle built by an ancestor of Takeda Shingen. In the precincts are two huge zelkova trees named “Tagi” and “Hatagi,” which are said to be one thousand and several hundred years old. In olden times, the local people guessed how rich or poor the harvest would be for the year by how early these trees budded in spring. If “Tagi” budded first, there would be good rice harvest; if “Hatagi” was earlier, there would be good field-crop harvest. The two trees have been designated as a National Natural Monument.


    5336 Egusa, Sutama-cho, Hokuto-shi

    National Natural Monument


  • Himuro-jinja Shrine 氷室神社

    Himuro-jinja Shrine

    Stone Stairway Approach to the Shrine

    Himuro-jinja Shrine is located on the southern side of Mt. Kushigata. It is said to have been founded 1,200 years ago, and the Takeda clan worshipped here from generation to generation. The 575 stone steps continue endlessly from the Torii gate at the entrance.


    3334 Hirabayashi, Fujikawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun

    Prefecture Designated Cultural Properties


The Legend of the Lake:Was the Kofu Basin a Lake?

Yamanashi is surrounded on all sides by high mountains, including Mt. Fuji and Mt. Yatsugatake. The Kofu Basin is said to have been flooded in ancient times. Inazumi Jizo, a bodhisattva, suggested to his God: “If the water is drained off, fertile land should appear.” So, Anagiri Myojin, a Shinto God, made a hole in the mountain, Kesaku Myojin kicked out rocks, and Sedachi Fudo, the Wisdom King Acala, created a river to channel the water away. This was how the water from the Kofu Basin was drained so that the people could live in prosperity. The “Legend of the Lake” has several variations; so two Shinto Gods and two Buddhist figures are worshipped at Anagiri-jinja Shrine and Saku-jinja Shrine in Kofu City. also Kaina-jinja Shrine in Kofu City holds a document concerning drainage works undertaken in Kai Province, today’s Yamanashi.

  • Saku-jinja Shrine 佐久神社

    Saku-jinja Shrine


    892 Shimomukoyama-cho, Kofu-shi


  • Anagiri-Daijinja Shrine 穴切大神社

    Anagiri-Daijinja Shrine


    2-8-5 Takara, Kofu-shi



    1 Important Cultural Properties


  • Kaina-jinja Shrine 甲斐奈神社

    Kaina-jinja Shrine


    3-7-11 Chuo, Kofu-shi




Daijingu Festival

On Setsubun, the day before the beginning of spring, on February 3, the Daijingu Festival is held at Yokokinju Daijingu Shrine and Yanagimachi Daijingu Shrine. Since olden times, it has been called “Daijin-san” as a coming-of-spring festival. Many stalls are set out, and a bean-scattering ceremony to hit ogres is performed. The venue is thronged by people who come to pray for business prosperity, peace and household prosperity, from early evening until well into the night.

  • Yanagimachi Daijingu Shrine 柳町大神宮

    Yanagimachi Daijingu Shrin


    4-5-28 Chuo, Kofu-shi

    Contribution, no parking lot

  • Yokokinju Daijingu Shrine 横近習大神宮

    Yokokinju Daijingu Shrine


    2-chome Chuo, Kofu-shi

    Contribution, no parking lot

Origin of the Prefecture Name and the Mysterious Image of a Deity

Yamanashi Oka-jinja Shrine was established on the Mimuroyama mountainside by imperial order more than 2,000 years ago, when the area was hit by a plague and frequent disasters. Later, it was moved to the foot of the mountain after removing the Yamanashi, or mountain pear trees; hence, the name Yamanashi Oka-jinja Shrine. It is said that the name of the prefecture is derived from that shrine (there are numerous stories about the origin of Yamanashi Prefecture). A strange image of a deity, Kinokami, is enshrined at this shrine, which is the only place in Japan where this deity’s likeness can be found. It has a cow-like body, with no horns, is colored green and has one leg. It is said that Kinokami possesses the power to protect people against being struck by lightning and to ward off evil spirits.

Yamanashi Oka-jinja Shrine

Yamanashi Oka-jinja Shrine 山梨岡神社


At the beginning of May, wisteria flowers bloom and cover the premises. You can get to Yamanashi Oka-jinja shrine, a Fuefuki City designated natural monument, via 20-minute Isawa-Onsen Station, which is famous for Isawa Onsen Hot Spring in Fuefuki City.


1696 Shizume, Kasugai-cho, Fuefuki-shi

1 Important Cultural Properties


Savage Grace, The Goddess of Mt. Fuji, Princess, Konohanasakuya Hime

In ancient times, Mt. Fuji was an active volcano which emitted large volumes of smoke. The inhabitants of the area at that time believed that an eruption of Mt. Fuji represented the anger of a god, and they built a shrine to calm the deity’s heart. The goddess, Konohanasakuya Hime, who appears in Japanese myths, became pregnant to her husband, Ninigi-no-Mikoto on their wedding night. Hime became angry with Ninigi-no-Mikoto, who was suspicious as to the identity of the baby’s father. He entered the delivery room, which had no exit, and started a fire saying, “The babies should be born safely, if their father is a god,” and delivered three children amid the flames. Later, Konohanasakuya Hime became the deity of Mt. Fuji, the beautiful Goddess of Fire.

Kitaguchihongu Fujisengen-jinja Shrine 北口本宮冨士浅間神社

Honden, Main Shrine

The Honden main shrine, glowing with bright colors, was repaired in 2009. The enshrined deity is Konohanasakuya Hime-no-Mikoto. The original shrine was built here 1,900 years ago. The “Yoshida Fire Festival,” which takes place on August 26-27 each year is a big event. It is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.


5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi



4 Important Cultural Properties, 7 Prefecture Designated Cultural Properties, 1 Prefecture Designated Natural Monument