When you get off Kofu station, the statue of Shingen Takeda catches your eye first. He is one of the most well-known warlords in the 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.