Historical Spots Connected to Lord Shingen, the Pride of Kofu
Takeda Shrine was established in 1919 at the site of Tsutsujigasaki Yakata (Azalea Cape Castle), which was the residence of the Takeda family for three generations starting with Takeda Nobutora, the father of Takeda Shingen, and the seat from which these feudal lords administered the affairs of Kai Province. Lord Shingen and his successor, Lord Katsuyori, lived at Tsutsujigasaki Yakata for 63 years, and its stonewalls and old well are preserved just as they were back then, allowing visitors to imagine the lifestyle of three generations of the Takeda family.
A repository near the main shrine stores and displays valuable historical materials and artifacts, including a sword made by the renowned Yoshioka-Ichimonji School of sword smiths. The sword is designated as an important cultural property of the Prefecture. Other artifacts include armor, folding fans, a painting of Takeda Shingen’s 24 generals, and banners reading Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan, referring to a passage in The Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise by Sun Tzu, meaning “as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain.” These items connected to the Takeda family could give you a sense of the valor of the Takeda forces, which were extolled as the strongest in the Sengoku or Warring States period (c. 1467 – c. 1603).
Kai Zenkoji Temple is a temple representative of Kofu, deserving of a place of importance alongside Takeda Shrine. It was built by Lord Shingen, who had the principal image, Buddha statues, and sutras transferred there from Shinano Zenkoji Temple, which he feared would be destroyed by fire during the Battles of Kawanakajima.
The main hall, which is 27 meters tall and 49 meters long, along with the main temple gate are the largest wooden structures in Eastern Japan. They have a magnificent appearance and are designated as national important cultural properties. Besides Kai Zenkoji Temple, the Kofu Gozan, or Five Temples of Kofu, selected and protected by Lord Shingen all still exist today.
Why not visit these historical spots, which are popular sightseeing destinations, and get a wisp of the breath of the times when Lord Shingen was alive.
Kofu samurai Wi-Fi spot
Wi-Fi can be used free of charge near facilities in Kofu displaying a "KOFU SAMURAI Wi-Fi" logo sticker.
- 60 minutes/session (Number of times unlimited)
- Available in five languages (connectional announcement displays)
See the Kofu Map for the locations of KOFU SAMURAI Wi-Fi Spots.