|English Name||Kofu Castle|
|Alternate Names||Maizuru Castle|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Edo Period
|Features||gates, turrets, stone walls, walls|
|Access||3 minute walk from Kofu Station (Chuo Line)|
|Location||Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 39' 55", 138° 34' 15"|
|Year Visited||2003, 2007, 2015, 2017|
|Visits||November 15, 2003; November 17, 2007|
Kofu Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1583 after he defeated Takeda shingen's heir, Katsuyori, in 1582. Next to Edo Castle, Kofu Castle was the strongest castle in the Kanto region. Until Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu became lord of Kofu Castle, it was also considered to be the residence of the lord closest to the shogun. From 1724 to the end of the Edo Period, the lord of Kofu Castle changed on a rotating basis with around 200 lords having held the title by the end of Edo Period. I have seen reference in some English materials/websites mistakenly claiming that this Kofu Castle (Maizuru Castle) was run by the Takeda. While Kofu was a castle town of the Takeda they actually ruled from the Tsutsujigasaki Yakata.
Kofu recently finished restoring the Inari Yagura and Yamanote Gomon gate. The gate is across the opposite side of the train station and tracks so make sure you don't miss it. When the weather is good the top of the castle offers nice views of the surrounding mountains too.