When you get off Kofu station, the statue of Shingen Takeda catch your eye first. He is one of the most well-known warlords in Sengoku period.There are a lot of historical spots near Kofu station like Yamanote-mon and Kofu castle. Kofu castle has been chosen one of the greatest 100 castles.
Kofu-jo is also called Maizuru-jo, maizuru means flying crane. One theory says that the name originated from the shape of its lost castle tower. However there are a few documents about the castle tower so it remains a mystery.
You can get a full view of Kofu city from the castle tower ruin.
You can learn the history and structure of this castle at 山手門(Yamanote-mon, a historical gate near Kofu station) and 稲荷櫓(Inari-yagura, a kind of historical warehouse). The park around this castle is not lively place. But I like here because I can take my time to imagine ancient Japan.
Open: all year round, but 稲荷櫓(Inari-yagura) is closed Monday(except for national holidays), the following day of national holidays, and from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.
Access：On foot from Kofu Station: 5 min