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Posts tagged kofu


marugame udon kai city japan

Marugame udon in the city of Kai (Japan)


Before dinner things looked like this. After dinner, on my way to Kofu by bike, things looked like this.

Should you find yourself a bit west of Kofu (as there is a different one right in Kofu), here is the address:

Fuji San from Yamanashi Prefecture

mt fuji from kofu

Mt. Fuji from Kofu

Please excuse today’s lack of photo quality as this came from about five years ago in my pre-DSLR days. Last time I was in Kofu I had a DSLR, but it was far too humid to see Mt. Fuji. I need to go back. Anyone have any ideas how I can make that happen this summer?

Biking around Yamanashi Ken

PHOTOMERGE panorama rice paddy dusk kofu

rice paddies near Kofu

Summers in Japan can be brutally hot and humid. When the sun drops the temperature doesn’t decrease much, but not being in the sun anymore is a welcome relief. Such was the case when I was heading towards Kofu 甲府市 from Kai 甲斐 on this evening. I ended up eating at this udon place nearby before making it to Kofu.


 rock gate kofu shosenkyo

rock gate (sekimon or 石門) on Kofu’s Shosenkyo hike

No view of Mt. Fuji on this day

I have seen Mt. Fuji from Kofu many times. In fact I could see Fuji San from my apartment window in Kofu back in the 1980s. Seeing it from Shosenkyo (昇仙峡) would have been fabulous, but this was the hottest day of the year, and the air was thick with moisture–not the cooling kind of wetness, the muggy, mushiatsui (蒸し暑い) kind. Those are the worst days for visibility and a good reason to go to Japan in winter if you want to see Mt. Fuji.

Hike through Shosenkyo Gorge

photomerge panorama shosenkyo hike

Photomerged panorama of the Shosenkyo hike

Hottest day of the year, hottest part of Japan, extremely humid, and I was going to go on a long, uphill hike. The good news was the hike was mostly in the shade. Most people drive up to Shosenkyo these days via a car or bus. Don’t do it. Walk up. It’s a beautiful journey that you will mostly miss in a vehicle.

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