Koshu is renowned for its world-famous Koshu grapes, which are considered a near-perfect complement to sushi. October is the ideal time to embark on wine-tasting tours at any of the dozens of wineries in the region. Be sure to make time for a visit to the Erinji Buddhist temple and its gardens, designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
The easiest way to get around in Koshu is by car, but most major sights and attractions are accessible by a combination of trains and busses. Though, travelers will have to rely on single tickets or a prepaid card, since no special train or bus passes are provided within this area.
For up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend syncing Google Maps with our customized map above (to do this: click the top right icon on the map to expand to full-screen and select a route between your destination and your current destination).
If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from one of the bigger cities in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below.
To get from Tokyo to Koshu by public transportation, travelers need to:
Take the Chuo Line Limited Express from Shinjuku Station to Kofu Station.
Travel time: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Transfer to the JR Minobu Line at Kofu Station and get off at Koshu Station.
Travel time: approximately 20 minutes.
Total travel time: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
We recommend staying here for about one day.
There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information.
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.
Katsunuma Grape Festival
Date: October 5th
Time: 10:00 - 20:00
Katsunuma New Sake Wine Festival
Date: November 3rd
Time: 09:30 - 15:00
Takeda Jinchu Hoto Festival
Date: November 10th
Time: 11:30 - 14:30