2023 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the world\u2019s greatest samurai parades: Shingen-ko Festival, located in K\u014dfu City. What happens? On Saturday, October 28, 1000 people will gather at Maizuru Castle close to K\u014dfu Station and grandly march the streets, commemorating the warlord who once ruled the Yamanashi area. Anyone can watch the march for free, but this year -- for the first time ever -- the parade will be open for outsiders to partake in (but only if they join the tour below). Participants will be able to wear traditional armor and parade the streets like the samurai of the past. Tours and tickets JTB K\u014dfu is offering two tours that include participation in the samurai parade, as well as visits to charming spots around Yamanashi Prefecture. Both trips include an overnight stay and transport from Shinjuku Station. Expect a dramatic blazing bonfire, special Japanese celebrity appearances, and a visit to a world heritage site. This tour includes a visit to Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway () and this one includes a visit to the picturesque Shosenkyo Gorge and Fujiyama Twin Terrace (). Both tours offer sweeping views of Mount Fuji (provided the weather holds up). There's also a day-trip tour () that includes access to a special paid viewing area with pick-up from K\u014dfu Station. What else is there to do in K\u014dfu? Continue your visit around K\u014dfu and see a variety of other activities taking place, including a waterfall trip, regional cuisine, traditional garden visits, and lessons from a traditional craftsman.