Come with me to Fushimi (伏見区, Fushimi-ku) district in southern Kyoto. When visiting Kyoto, it is important to bag a hotel adjacent to JR Kyoto station. We stayed at the Kyoto Century Hotel. Use your JR pass to get to Inari station in 8 min and then a gentle 3 min stroll, you will get to the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine (伏見稲荷大社), a must see in Kyoto. Don’t miss the chance to maximise your JR pass. Easy-peasy!
Fushimi Inari Taisha is an instantly recognisable shrine, commonly featured in travel brochures for Japan. You are here to witness thousands of eye-catching bright vermillion coloured torii (鳥居) gates lining the paths all the way up to the Inari mountain (Inariyama 稲荷山). The higher up the mountain, the lesser the crowds and a higher chance of a great photo opportunity. Many street food vendors line the exit gate of Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Here’s a map to help you find your way around Fushimi Inari Taisha.
Are you aware of Fushimi’s sake brewing credentials? The name Fushimi (fusu + mizu) would have given you a clue of the presence of good spring water.The Fushimi Waterway is an important transportation route for sake, rice and other goods between Kyoto and Osaka. Go to the Nanzenji boat pier to take a traditional Japanese jikkokubune boat cruise in the Fushimi canals. This boat ride is incredibly popular during the sakura season. What a great off-the beaten track itinerary idea!
For lunch, how about some sake and yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) at Torisei Honten? It’s a most excellent combo! Torisei Honten is the restaurant of Yamamoto Honke Sake Brewery. This sake brewery had been in operation since 1667. Bag Fushimi’s affordable must eat and must drink at one go. Incredibly delicious especially after a great day out at Fushimi. Don’t forget to check out other sake breweries too.
Must drink spring water at Fushimi. It’s just round the corner from Torisei Honten. The locals brought huge containers to fill their water here. You must try this sweet tasting and refreshing water. It’s better than bottled mineral water. Try it and you will thank me for introducing you to Shiragikusui Water.
Thanks for reading about our relaxing experience at Fushimi, Kyoto. Hope you will experience Fushimi one day. Continue to follow Dreampliflyer as we eat our way around the world. Greeting from Kyoto with love! Sayonara さよなら!
Signature dish and drink: Yakitori and sake
Address: 186 Kamiaburakakecho, Fushimiku, Kyoto 612-8047, Japan.
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
- Best Time to Visit: An afternoon in the month of May to avoid the mad tourist crush If you enjoy being packed like a can of sardines, then visit during the sakura season or autumn season.
- Getting around: See https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html#bus for further details. For further info on jikkokubune boat cruise, visit http://kyoto.travel/en/planyourvisit/events/schedule/53.
- Getting here: Visit http://kyoto.travel/en/traveller_kit/accessinfo for further details.
- Tourist information centre: For Kyoto station tourist information centre, see http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/tic/kyoto.html for further details.