Takeda Shrine (武田神社, Takeda Jinja) is a shrine in Kofu, built on the former grounds of the residence of local hero Takeda Shingen, one of the strongest feudal warlords in Japanese history. As well as features typical to a shrine, such as a main hall, prayer hall and multiple torii gates, ruined elements of the old residence can still be viewed, including some stone walls and a moat that protected the former residence.

The Takeda clan was based in Kofu for many generations and controlled today's Yamanashi Prefecture. Takeda Shingen expanded the clan's territories to include large parts of today's Nagano Prefecture and other areas. Shingen was one of the most powerful lords competing for supremacy towards the end of the era of warring states, but died just before a deciding battle with Oda Nobunaga who later defeated the Takeda and ultimately emerged as the unifier of the country.

Surviving stone walls from the old residence can be seen around the grounds

In addition to a nice main hall and prayer hall, the shrine's verdant grounds contain a Noh stage and a network of paths that lead around the complex. There is also a treasure house in which a variety of exhibits pertaining to Takeda Shingen are exhibited, including old battle strategy diagrams, weapons, tools and items of clothing used by him.

As a result of his great achievements Takeda Shingen is fondly remembered by the people of Yamanashi, and there are various other Shingen-related sites across Kofu including a statue of him that stands prominently on the south side of Kofu Station.

The statue of Takeda Shingen outside Kofu Station

Access

From Kofu Station, there are hourly buses along bus line #12 to Takeda Shrine (7 minutes, 190 yen one way).

How to get to and around Kofu

Hours and Fees

Takeda Shrine

Hours

9:00 to 16:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

Free

Typical Visit Duration

30-40 minutes

Treasure House

Hours

9:30 to 16:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

300 yen

Typical Visit Duration

10 minutes

English

Minimal (pamphlet available)