Kofu's best tourist attraction, after the Super Toilet in the JR station of course, is the beautiful gorge of Shosenkyo.
Just 30 minutes by bus from Kofu Station, this spectacular river valley is at its very best in autumn, just as the leaves change color.
Recently voted the second best attraction in Japan after Mount Fuji by readers of The Daily Yomiuri, Shosenkyo Gorge is within easy reach of the capital.
Kofu city is only 90 minutes by Super Azusa or Kaiji express train from Shinjuku in western Tokyo, with a further 30 minutes by bus necessary to reach the gorge.
With an early start from Tokyo it's possible to be eating fresh trout and noodles with mountain herbs for lunch, following a refreshing and relaxing 4km stroll along the banks of the Arakawa River.
Rough Guide To Japan
Yamanashi Kofu Shosenkyo Shosenkyo Gorge
Monday, May 18, 2009