Kōshū, Yamanashi

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Katsunuma vinyard
Katsunuma vinyard
Flag of Kōshū
Official seal of Kōshū
Location of Kōshū in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Kōshū in Yamanashi Prefecture
Kōshū is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°42′N 138°44′E / 35.700°N 138.733°E / 35.700; 138.733Coordinates: 35°42′N 138°44′E / 35.700°N 138.733°E / 35.700; 138.733
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
 • - Mayor Atsushi Tanabe (since December 2005)
 • Total 264.01 km2 (101.93 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2012)
 • Total 33,220
 • Density 126/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Grape
- Flower Cherry blossom
-Bird Cettia diphone
Phone number 0553-32-2111
Address Enzan-Kamiozo 1085-1, Kosh-shi, Yamanashi-ken 404-8501
Website www.city.koshu.yamanashi.jp/koshu/
Kōshū City Hall

Kōshū (甲州市 Kōshū-shi?) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The city is synonymous with viticulture and wine production in Japan.

As of July 2012, the city had an estimated population of 33,220 and a population density of 126 persons per km². The total area was 264.01 km².


Kōshū is located in northeastern Yamanashi Prefecture. Most of the area of the city is agricultural, and is especially known for its production of grapes and wine.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The modern city of Kōshū was established on November 1, 2005, from the merger of the city of Enzan, the town of Katsunuma, and the village of Yamato (both from Higashiyamanashi District).


Every year in Autumn the "Koshu Fruit Marathon" is held. It was held for the third time on October 21, 2012. While it is called a marathon (the word is commonly used in Japan to describe races of varying distances) it actually consists of several shorter races, a 3.5 family race, a 10k race, a half-marathon, and a 23 km race.[1]





Sister cities[edit]

  • Japan - Futtsu, Chiba – since December 1, 1977 with former Enzan City
  • United States - Ames, Iowa, USA – since September 20, 1993 with former Enzan City
  • France - Beaune, Côte-d'Or, France – since September 18, 1976 with former Katsunuma City
  • ChinaTurpan, Xinjiang, China – since October 3, 2000 with former Katsunuma City

Noted people[edit]


  1. ^ Koshu Fruit Marathon website Course Retrieved on November 6, 2012 (Japanese)

External links[edit]

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