Rainy day at Erinji in Koshu

Discover the beauty of Shingen Takeda's family temple

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

I visited Erinji on a cloudy day in August. The buses were infrequent, so I hired a bicycle from the History Park opposite Enzan station, and cycled off along Shingen Michi to find the 700 year old temple that was once attended by the Takeda clan of Yamanashi. Rain started to fall as I arrived, and I wandered with my umbrella through the almost deserted garden. The temple buildings include an impressive main hall and a graceful pagoda. Even though Erinji is so beautiful and historically significant, it receives few visitors, so you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

(Shingen Michi has several other attractions including Kogakuji and Hokoji, and a History Walk with many lovely old rural buildings.)

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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.