Maizurujo Park offers a splendid look-out over the area near Kofu JR Station. The highest point of the park is the Tenshudai, where the highest tower of Kofu Castle was once located. Not only can you see a great view of the cast ruins with its reconstructed Inari Yagura Tower and Yamanote Gomon gate, but you can see terrace vineyards on Mount Atago and the spire of one of Chozen-ji's pagodas. If the weather is clear you can also see Mount Fuji from here, and in spring the park is full of cherry blossoms.
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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.