Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Takeda Shrine, Kofu Yamanashi

DSCF0025Since my mom was in town my wife I decided to take her to all the tourist spots in town. Our first stop was the Takeda Shrine in Kofu. It’s a pretty spot oozing with historic facts but I’m not going to go into a history lesson here. But if you want to know why he was such a historical figure to this area, click H E R E to view his Wikipedia page.

DSCF0005We visited the shrine during the last week of March so we were just a little too early for the cherry blossoms that the shrine is well known for during this season. We did however witness a child dedication and the end of a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony being held in the building adjacent to the main shrine. It was pretty cool but my mom was the only one who snapped shots of that, sorry. I was too busy chasing the roosters with my camera to get a good shot of that.

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DSCF0009The shrine is pretty easy to get to by bus or train. There is also plenty of free parking for visitors who are lucky enough to have a car like I do. I just wouldn’t expect to find a space during busier times of the year like New Year’s, Sakura viewing, and Autumn leave viewing seasons.

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DSCF0021 Me with the spud.

One thing I especially like about Takeda Shrine is that it has a really neat moat in front of it along with some nice trees. It’s a really well kept shrine and worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a couple videos of the area as well. Please forgive the wind noise and shaky-camera work.

The stairs before entering Takeda Shrine.
Takeda Shrine during the off-season

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes, Takeda. A lot of non-Japanese that look at these kind of shrines always wonder something like "did they make Takeda a god???"

    What they never get is that kami doesn't really mean god/deity, but rather spirits. Some are lesser, some are greater, some even depicted like the Greek pantheon of gods, but not really the same. From the simple beauty of something in nature like a waterfall or a tree to a powerful god-like spirit, all are kami.

    In this case, they wanted to preserve the 'kami' of the Takedas.