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Posts tagged kofu

Love You Fancy


Kofu’s Fancy Road

kofu shotengai night


Ajimi (味魅) in Kofu

ajimi izakaya kofu chinese

Izakaya in Kofu (甲府)

After walking to the top of Shosenkyo (and back down) on the hottest day of the year, I took a bus to downtown Kofu where my long bike ride back to Kaminoyu (甲府温泉) awaited me. With the temperature well over 100 degrees and the humidity at extreme levels (some people died from the heat on this day), I decided to kill time until the sun went down before getting on a bike.

I ducked into Ajimi for some gyoza and a thirst quencher. The proprietor spoke Japanese well, but she had a bit of an accent so I asked where she was from. She is from China–super nice lady and a great cook. Haruna is her name.

Anyway, her customers were lots of fun to talk with. I didn’t intend to stay long, but the other patrons kept buying me food and drinks. Oddly, the guy I was sitting next to knew my boss from way back when I was a Japanese tour guide in San Francisco more than 20 years ago. Small world.

Check this place out if you ever find yourself in Kofu. Here is a map:


shosenkyo gorge arakawa river

Shosenkyo Gorge (昇仙峡) and the Arakawa River


As previously mentioned, Kakuenbo (覚円峰) is the most common photo you see in advertisements for Shosenkyo (昇仙峡). After seeing it only in photos for 25 years or so, today’s photo shows my first glimpse of it in the flesh.


kofu yakiniku 居酒屋おたやん甲府中央酒場

Izakaya (居酒屋) with yakiniku in Kofu

Hanging out in a place like this on a hot summer night in Japan is one of many reasons I’m hoping to go back this summer.

BTW, the fans on the counter aren’t for the customers. They are for the cook to fan the flames just right to cook the skewered chicken.

Kofu from the castle ruins

kofu mt fuji

Kofu during the Takeda Shingen Festival

Today’s photo is from the 2010 Shingen Ko Matsuri (信玄公祭り). That’s Mt. Fuji in the distance, partially obstructed by clouds.

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