Back to Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture, where Reza’s studying and had been living for the past 4 years. Reza brought me on a short tour of the city center the other day, walking past residential areas near his place.
We then took a walk to the the Kofu Station, which was just a 10-minute walk from his place. He told me that in Japan, the area of the city in which the station is situated flourishes most — the station is the central point of the city. There in Kofu, it’s where the office buildings, malls and hotels were.
Then we climbed up the Kofu Castle, a huge fortress build in the days where samurai reigned the city, centuries ago. The sky was clear and we got to see Mount Fuji in clear view. So cantik!
At the one of the malls near the station, we had washoku, freshly prepared comfort food from the kitchen.
Despite it being a small and old city, Kofu looks amazing. The streets and buildings are mostly well-kept and clean and everything looks so new and organized, thanks to the effort of the authorities in upgrading the structures, at the same time rezoning the city.
So glad to see and experience how it’s like in the suburbs of Japan.