Hachiman Shrine in Kofu

Wander through a semi-wilderness setting

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

There seems to be many shrines named Hachiman around Japan, and Kofu has at least two. This Hachiman Shrine is smaller and much less grand than nearby Takeda Shrine, but a large area of trees and huge tumbled rocks behind the shrine, and rampant summer growth around the buildings add a sense of mystery and wildness to this shrine in Kofu. I loved the roof shapes of the smaller buildings, and I also liked the pond.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 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.