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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

The most vivid of any Fushimi attraction the Fushimi Inari Shrine boasts thousands of bright orange torii gates leading up the shrine. 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.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 641 7331
  • How to get there: Keihan and Nara lines, Fushimi Inari Station
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Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

This interesting museum located in the historic sake-making district houses a great collection of over 6000 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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 16:30
  • Location: 247 Minamihama-cho , Fushimi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 623 2056
  • How to get there: Keihan Line, Chushojima Station
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Hokai-ji Temple

The priest who built this 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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 17:00
  • Location: 19 Hino Nishidaido-cho , Fushimi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0024
  • How to get there: Keihan Line, Rokujizo Station
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Kami Daigo-ji Temple

An exquisite place to view the spring cherry blossoms, this Shingon sect temple dates back to 874. It was established by a monk named Shobo and 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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 16:30
  • Location: 21 Daigo Higashi Oji-cho, Fushimi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 371 5649
  • How to get there: Tozai Line, Daigo Station
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Shimo Daigo-ji Temple

Nestled into the foothills of a graceful mountainside this 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: Mar - Oct from 09:00 – 17:00; Nov - Feb from 09:00 – 16:00
  • Location: 22 Daigo Higashi Oji-cho, Fushimi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0002
  • How to get there: Tozai Line, Daigo Station
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The Gardens of Jonangu

The site of the Jonangu shrine used to be the massive detached palace of Emperor Shirakawa. 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 is a good place to escape the tourist traps.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 16:30
  • Location: 7 Nakashima Tobarikyu-cho, Fushimi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 623 0846
  • How to get there: Karasuma Line, Takeda Station
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