Apparently Gokoju Shrine, located on the Inishie Michi trail near Enko-in, is locally famous for cherry blossoms. However there were none of those when I visited in August. The shrine seemed to be gearing up for some kind of festival, possibly to do with Obon. I read that the shrine is associated with Yamanashi's war dead.
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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.