A “Warrior Parade” with over 1,600 men in armor. Shosen-kyo Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Japan.
Kofu is located almost right at the middle of Yamanashi and has flourished since the old days as an important center for prefectural politics, culture, and transportation. Takeda Shrine in the ruins of the Takeda residence, where the famous 16th-century military general Takeda Shingen is worshiped, and Kai-Zenko-ji Temple are examples of the famous old shrines and temples that show the prosperity that the Takeda family enjoyed. In spring, the Shingen-ko Festival is grandest festival in Yamanashi. Its main highlights is the Koshu Bottalion Deployment. In 2012, this parade was recognized by the Guiness World Records™ as “the largest gathering of samurais” in the world with more than 1,000 people in samurai costumes marching through Kofu City.
Also in Kofu, hot springs well up in the center of the city. These include the Yumura-onsen Hot Spring that is said to have been discovered in 808 by Kobo Daishi, a Buddhist priest, and the Sekisuiji-onsen Hot Spring, forming the Kofu Hot Spring resort.