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After throughly enjoying staying in a traditional style Japanese hotel, a ryokan, complete with tatami rooms, futons for sleeping and an outdoor onsen (hot spring fed bath) we started our day.
We took a short tour of Kofu Castle grounds and the highest watchtower in the castle: Tenshudai. It has some pretty spectacular views of the surrounding area of Kofu from the top of the watchtower.
Afterwards we went to walk the grounds of Takeda shrine, the family shrine of the Takeda clan. It spanned a very large area and has been beautifully maintained. The day we visited also happened to be when many families were observing Shichi-Go-San (meaning 7-5-3) which is a holiday in Japan that is a rite of passage when children turn 3, 5, and 7 years old. There were many families and children at the shrine to visit, celebrate and take photos. They were all dressed up in their full kimono and couldn’t have looked any more precious! It was really rewarding to see this Japanese tradition happening in front of me.
Lastly, before heading back to Yachiyo, we took a walk down a winding road passing rock and mineral shops boasting torso sized crystals and stones to view the Senga Waterfall located in Syosenkyo Valley. The walk through the valley was otherworldly, I felt as if we have walked through the wardrobe and were viewing a most sacred and beautiful place. It was the cherry on top to a really lovely view of Yamanashi prefecture. (images of the waterfall were posted earlier).