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[ Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge | Itajiki Gorge | Takeda Shrine | Kai Zenkoji Temple | Entakuji Temple | Kofu Joshi Ruin
Museum Of Art | Literature Hall | Science Museum | Local Industries Center ]

Shosenkyo Kakuenbo Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge

Shosenkyo Gorge is the most beautiful landscape, and is located along the middle of Arakawa River, whose source is the Kimpu mountain(2,599 meters), the main peak of Chichibu mountain ranges. It is also designated as the special place of scenic beauty. At the entrance of the gorge, for about 4 kilometers promenade from Nagatoro bridge to Sengataki fall, there are numerous strange shaped rocks and oddly formed stones, including "Saru iwa, or monkey rock," and "Neko iwa, or cat rock." The magnificent seasonal scenery gives a pleasant impression to the visitors.

The highlight of the gorge is the giant rock"Kakuenbo," about 180 meters in height, and "Sengataki fall," whose water drops 30 meters into the gorge.

Above the waterfall, there are museums for "Kage-e(shadow pictures)" and "Shippo(cloisonne)" as well as a ropeway which brings people to the panoramic view of the Southern Alps and Mt.Fuji. There are many sightseeing visitors all the year round.

For reference :
Shosenkyo Shadow Picture Museum
Shosenkyo Ropeway
Shippo(Cloisonne) Museum
Itajiki Gorge Itajiki Gorge

The gorge is located along the downstream of Itajiki River, which flows to Arakawa Dam(Nosen lake), upstream of Shosenkyo, and it is also called Oku-Shosenkyo. There are numerous falls, big and small such as "Shirahige fall" and "Oyako taki falls" for approximately one kilometer long along the gorge. And at the end of the gorge, there is "Ootaki, or Great fall," triple waterfalls with the height of approximately 40 meters.
Takeda Shrine Takeda Shrine

The shrine was founded and dedicated to the distinguished general of Kai, Takeda Shingen, in 1919, at a former manor house of the Takeda family. The annual festival is celebrated on April 12, the anniversary of his death; there is a cavalcade of models of Shingen himself with 24 generals who were his subjects, which attracts many visitors.

In the Treasure Hall in the east of the Main Building, many relics of historical treasures and cultural properties of Takeda family, including swords, armors, old documents, are on display.

For reference : Takeda Shrine Treasure Museum
Kaizenkoji Temple Kai Zenkoji Temple

The temple was founded by Takeda Shingen in 1558, which belongs to Jodo Sect. The temple dates back to the time when Shingen had transferred the Buddha's statues and treasures in the Zenkoji temple to Kofu; because he was afraid that the Zenkoji temple might be destroyed by fire of battles, and Shingen himself founded this temple.

The main hall of the temple is one of the greatest wooden structures in Eastern Japan, and designated as the national important cultural property with the main gate and the statutes of Amida trinity.

For reference : Kai Zenkoji Temple and Treasure Museum
Entakuji Temple Entakuji Temple

The temple is famous of its "Yakuyoke Jizoson(talisman deity of children and souls in hell)" belonging to Shingon Sect. The temple is said to be built by Kobo Taishi(Priest Kukai), when he visited here in 808. The annual ceremony of prayers for "Yakuyoke Jizoson", is held beginning at noon, 13th until the noon, 14th of February. It is said from old times that only during the day of festival, "Jizoson," the guardian deity becomes audible and grants the requests of the people's wishes; and there are many worshipers visiting the temple.

In the precincts of temple, a Jizodo Shrine, designated as the national important cultural treasure stands with the famous maizuru-no-matsu pine tree, said to be about 450 years old.
Kofu Joshi Ruin Kofu Joshi Ruin (currently Maizuru Jo Park)

After the Takeda family was destroyed, the construction of a castle was carried out in this location by the leading figure who belonged to the Toyotomi Hideyoshi as an important base to confront to Tokugawa Ieyasu in Kanto district, in 1582. The construction was succeeded by a certain military lord of Toyotomi and it seemed to be completed around 1600. In the era of Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the castle was further enlarged, but it was nearly destroyed by fire in 1727, and it was left without being reconstructed.
Museum Of Art Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Of Art

The museum is famous as a "museum of Jean-Francois Millet." You can grasp an outline of the paintings of his life through our collection, including "The Sower" and "The Gleaners" which brought him recognition as a painter. You will also see the works by famous artisits who had connection with Yamanashi, as well as masterpieces of various painters in and outside Japan in a variety of genres, of Japanese paintings, Ukiyoe paintings, wood prints, and modern and contemporary sculptures.

For reference : Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Of Art
Literature Hall Yamanashi Prefectural Literature Hall

The building of Yamanashi Prefectural Literature Hall is located across the Prefectural Museum of Art in "Artistic Forest Park." There are exhibitions of literature, data and materials of Iida Dakotus, first-class haiku poet from Yamanashi Prefecture, and the displays of many other hand written manuscripts, data, books, and relics of favorite things of many authors who had some connection with Yamanashi Prefecture, including Ryuunosuke Akutagawa, Osamu Dazai, Ichiyo Higuchi, etc.

For reference : Yamanashi Prefectural Literature Hall
Science Museum Yamanashi Prefectural Science Museum

The museum introduces us the structure of the nature,and the excellence of scientific technologies. It expects the visitors to participate in, experience and understand the roles of man and the technology in the future with various themes, as well.

There are exhibition corners designed and comprised of six themes such as life, universe, etc., and there is a space theater with a dome screen with 20 meters in diameter, and an astronomical observatory room.

For reference : Yamanashi Prefectural Science Museum
Local Industries Center Yamanashi Prefectural
Local Industries Center

There are exhibition rooms for 4,500 local products in Yamanashi, including Koshu inden, wine, local sake, jewelry, precious metals, furniture, Japanese papers, food, machinery and instruments, electronic products, to display the traditional techniques to advanced technology. There are shops and restaurants, and the Center is one of the popular sightseeing spots along with Shosenkyo Gorge, Prefectural Museum of Art, and the Ruins of Takeda family.

For reference : Yamanashi Prefectural Local Industries Center

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