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What to Do in Fushimi

Fushimi - Kyoto Attractions

While most of Fushimi is occupied by residential and industrial areas, the historic sake-making streets in the township are lined with quaint white-walled sake-houses and there is still plenty of nature to appreciate. Fushimi has a number of excellent places to see the cherry blossoms in spring and the fierce autumnal colours. Religious sites include a temple which is believed to assure the plentiful production of mother’s milk and another tied to the success of the harvest. 

With a good mix of quiet residential areas and places of scenic wonder, Fushimi is well worth the short train ride south.

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All Attractions in Fushimi, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari is a Shinto shrine that boasts thousands of bright orange torii gates leading up the sacred Mount Inari. The upkeep of the gates is sponsored by local businesses and it is believed to keep these organizations financially prosperous. The shrine was built back in 711 and is dedicated to the fox (inari) which is believed to protect the annual harvests. It takes around 2 hours to hike to the summit of the mountain. You can reach the shrine by taking the Keihan Line to Fushimi Inari Station. 

  • Location: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 641 7331
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Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

This interesting museum located in the historic sake-making district in southern Kyoto houses a great collection of over 6,000 traditional sake making implements. Many of the items have been declared Folk Craft Cultural Assets and depict how little authentic sake making techniques have changed over the centuries. This is also a good place to sample sake and pick up a bottle of Kyoto’s finest to take home. To find the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, take the Keihan Line to Chushojima Station

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Location: 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-8660
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 623 2056
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Hokai-ji Temple

The priest who built Hokai-ji Temple back in 1051 was a descendant of the Fujiwara family and was devoted to the deity Yakushi, which is still widely believed to help nursing mothers produce plentiful milk for their babies. The shrine shelters the Yakushi and an Amida image in its nationally treasured altar. To reach this temple, take the Keihan Line to Rokujizo Station.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: 19 Hino Nishidaido-cho , Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0024
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Kami Daigo-ji Temple

Kami Daigo-ji Temple is an exquisite place to view the spring cherry blossoms in Kyoto. This Shingon-sect temple dates back to 874, when it was established by a monk named Shobo. Local lore holds that when he died and was buried on the temple grounds, his body went to heaven leaving only his shoes. Mostly destroyed by earthquakes and fires, it was subject of a major renovation in the 16th century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. To reach Kami Daigo-ji Temple, take the Tozai Line to Daigo Station.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Location: 21 Daigo Higashi Oji-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 371 5649
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Shimo Daigo-ji Temple

Nestled into the foothills of a graceful mountainside, Shimo Daigo-ji Temple dates back to 874 and its five-story pagoda is said to be one of the oldest structures in Kyoto. The temple was all but derelict by the 16th century until Hideyoshi Toyotomi happened to visit during the April cherry blossom season and so taken by its beauty, he ordered a complete restoration. The main temple houses amazing artworks by the Kano school and a wonderful Chinese-inspired garden. You may also like to walk up the mountain to reach some stunning sub-temples.

  • Opening Hours: March – October from 9am to 5pm, November – February from 9am to 4pm
  • Location: 22 Daigo Higashi Oji-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0002
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The Gardens of Jonangu

The fertile east bank of the Kamo River nurtures the five wonderful gardens that make up Jonangu. Designed by award-winning landscape architect Nakane Kinsaku in the late seventies the gardens present the wealth of Japanese flora and the elegant features of Japanese design with ponds, rocks, bridges and water features. Rarely visited by foreigners, it's a good place for nature lovers to escape the crowds of tourists in central Kyoto.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
  • Location: 7 Nakashima Tobarikyu-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 623 0846
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