Loose Yourself in Thought of the Abyss of Time at a Historic Onsen
The Sekisuiji area is locally known as the “inner parlor of Kofu.” This area, which retains a rural appearance despite its good location about a 15-minute drive from Kofu Station, has an abundance of hot spring waters that have been flowing from time immemorial. There is hot spring facilitiy in the Sekisuiji Onsen area: Zabouan.
According to Kohakusaiki, a historical record from the Sengoku or Warring States period (c. 1467 – c. 1603), the castle ruins on Mt. Yogai, where Sekisuiji Temple is located, is the birth site of Takeda Shingen. This account is backed up by the fact that the well that provided water for Lord Shingen’s first bath still exists at Sekisuiji Temple, from which the surrounding area gets its name. Legend also has it that the samurai of that day used to relieve their daily fatigue by soaking in the area’s hot springs. That is why this place is also called Lord Shingen’s Hidden Bath. Sitting in the hot springs at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) situated on high ground, you can look out at the Kofu basin below and the Southern Alps turning crimson in the sunset. The samurai of old must have gazed leisurely on that same landscape.
Yumura Onsen Village is also described as a hidden bath of Lord Shingen. It is a well-known hot spring said to have been discovered around 1,200 years ago by Kukai, also known as Kobo-Daishi, founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism. During the Meiji (1868 – 1912) and Showa (1926 –1989) periods, the noted literary figures Osamu Dazai, Masuji Ibuse, and Seicho Matsumoto secluded themselves at inns here to concentrate on writing. From that beginning up to the present day, many great minds have come to bathe in these hot springs, giving them a long and distinguished history.
Relaxing in these hot springs, following in the veritable footprints of Lord Shingen and Kobo-Daishi, should make for a memorable highlight to your trip.
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.