10 Things To Do in Fushimi Kyoto

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Things To Do in Fushimi
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Fushimi is included in Kyoto’s 11 wards in the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. There are many popular destinations in Fushimi such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi Castle, and Gokōgu shrine. There are lots of sightseeing places for you and your family to enjoy.

1. Fushimi Inari Taisha

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The Fushimi Inari Taisha is the main central shrine of Inari which is situated in “Fushimi-Ku” in Kyoto, Japan. The shrine is at the very base of the mountain which is named after Inari. It has many trails and paths leading to the mountain. There are many other smaller shrines along the way that span four kilometers. It can take more or less 2 hours to reach the top.


  • Local name: 伏見稲荷大社
  • Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
  • Hours: Open
  • Phone: +81 75-641-7331

2. Daigo-Ji

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Designated as a National Treasure of Japan, the Daigo-Ji is located in “Fushimi-Ku” in Kyoto, which is a Shingon Buddhist temple. People flock for the main devotion on the temple. The meaning or translation of Daigo is ghee which means the ‘crème de la crème’, a central Buddhist metaphor in Buddhist thoughts and disciplines. It was founded by “Rigen-Daishi” in 874.


  • Local name: 醍醐寺
  • Address: 22 Daigohigashiojicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1325, Japan
  • Phone: +81 75-571-0002
  • Hours: 8am to 5pm
  • Activity: Shrine, Buddhist temple

3. Gekkeikan

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The Gekkeikan is local Japanese maker of plum wine and sake in Fushimi in Kyoto. It was founded by “Jiemon” Ōkura in 1637. It is considered as one of the oldest companies in the world. The name of the company Gekkeikan has a translation that means laurel wreath. There is an American subsidiary named Gekkeikan Sake USA situated in Folson California.


  • Local name: 月桂冠株式会社
  • Address: Japan, Yubinbango612-8043 Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Fushimi -Ku, South Beach -Cho, 247
  • Phone: +81 75-623-2056
  • Activity: Drinks, sake, wine tour

4. Fushimi Castle – Ninomaru Palace, Nijo castle

Fushimi Castle
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The Fushimi Castle other names areNijo Castle or  Ninomaru Palace. Other people also call the place as Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. This site is a castle located in the ward of Fushimi in Kyoto. The present structure is now a replica of the 1964 original castle created by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1594. The castle is residence and retirement place for Hideyoshi.

5. Choken-Ji Temple

You need to take the south line of Keihan from the Fushimi-Inari Station. You should get off at the station in Chushojima. You will reach the downtown of Fushimi’s sake-brewing avenue. You can then walk north to reach the canal and then you will see Choken-ji Temple. You will notice the red walls and large gingko trees. This temple is dedicated to the god Benzaiten, which is the only female of the 7 lucky gods in Japan. This is actually an Indian river deity and became a Japanese incarnation because of the water courses on the river.

6. Azumamaro Shrine

The Azumamaro Shrine is near the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. It is built for a popular Edo scholar Azumamaro “Kadano” who lived in the 16th century. Known as a poet, Azumamaro aided Shinto priests on the Fushimi Inari shrine. The quote “Academic improvement, exam passes” is said to be attributed to the scholar. It is said to be revered by God.


  • Address: 36, YabunouchIc, Fukakusa, Fushimi-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Hours: 9am to 4pm
  • Phone Number: +81 75-641-4693
  • Activity: Cultural, tradition, shrine

7. Neko Café Time

The Neko Café Time is a popular tourist attraction in Fushimi in Kyoto after you visited the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You can have some snacks and drinks in the café while cuddling the cute cats in the café. There’s also a great view of the river, which blooms with beautiful sakura trees during spring.


  • Address: Japan, 612-0012 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Ichinotsubocho.
  • Phone:+81 90-9861-0786
  • Hours: 10:30am – 8pm
  • Website: http://nekocafetime.com/

8. “Sekihoji” Temple

The “Sekihoji” Temple is known to be a ‘quiet zen temple’ in Fushimi in Kyoto. It is near, just a couple of steps away from Fushiminari Shrine. The temple features bamboo forest with stone images of Buddha. If you like to have meditative time in your journey, drop by at the “Sekihoji” Temple.


  • Address: Japan, 612-0883 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto
  • Phone: +81 75-641-0792
  • Hours: 8am to 5pm
  • Activity: Religious, Buddhist Zen temple
  • Website: http://www.sekihoji.com/

9. Tofukuji Temple

Founded by Kujō Michiie, the Tofukuji Temple is a Buddhist Temple derived from two temples, the Kōfuku-ji, and Nara Tōdai-ji. It has been called as one of ‘Kyoto’s great Zen temples’. The place is considered to be part of the National Treasure of Japan. Presently, there are 24 sub-temples, from as high as 53 sub-temples in the past.


  • Address: Japan, 605-0981 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto
  • Phone: +81 75-561-0087
  • Hours: 9am to 5pm
  • Website: http://www.tofukuji.jp/english/

10. Cycle Kyoto

Experience a different thrill in your visit in Kyoto, by riding a bicycle. Walking can sometimes be tiring for most people. Another way to go around the ward and see the temples, sidewalks, alleyways and other scenic views is to ride a bike. You will be provided with maps and guide. It is available for adults and kids. You can rent regular bikes and electric bike.


  • Address: 56 Higashikujo Muromachi, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8001, Japan.
  • Phone: +81 75-691-0794
  • Hours: 9am to 6pm
  • Website: http://www.cyclekyoto.com/

The origin of the name Fushimi comes from two words, “fusu” and “mizu”, which gives the English meaning “underground or hidden water”. It was given this name for Fushimi has a good location for water springs. Make sure to go the best water springs in Fushimi.

Have a good trip and travel!

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