On a rainy August afternoon I set out on foot from Kofu JR Station to explore. After about ten minutes walk, I saw a temple pagoda rising above the trees and houses, and so I found Chozen-ji. This temple has not one, but two pagodas. The gate and bell tower were under reconstruction, and the five tier pagoda looked as if it had recently been reconstructed, but even with the mess of timber and machines and blue sheets Chozen-ji was a beautiful temple! It is also the top ranked of the five Kofu Gozan temples. Visit it on your way to Kai-Zenkoji!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.