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Recommended Attractions: 5 Cool Things to Do Near Fushimi Inari Shrine

Recommended Attractions: 5 Cool Things to Do Near Fushimi Inari Shrine

Date published: 24 November 2020
Last updated: 29 January 2021

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most famous shrines visited by foreign and domestic tourists alike. Easily accessible from central Kyoto, Fushimi Ward is famous for sake and a multitude of other highlights. Daigoji Temple, a World Heritage Site, and Tofukuji Temple, famous for its colorful autumn landscape, are only a few stops away by train.

Here are some other great things to do near Fushimi Inari Shrine. Information on coronavirus prevention measures also provided.

Table of Contents
  1. Fushimi-Inari Shrine: The Mysterious Senbon Torii
  2. 1. Tofukuji Temple: Kyoto's Most Famous Autumn Views
  3. 2. Daigoji Temple: A World Cultural Heritage Site Full Of Attractions
  4. 3. Teradaya: The History of Ryoma Sakamoto and the Satsuma Clan
  5. 4. Fushimi Inari Sando Shopping Street: Enjoy Local Delicacies as you Walk Around
  6. 5. Kizakura Kappa Country: Learn the History of Fushimi's Sake
  1. 1
    Fushimi-Inari Shrine: The Mysterious Senbon Torii
  2. 2
    1. Tofukuji Temple: Kyoto's Most Famous Autumn Views
  3. 3
    2. Daigoji Temple: A World Cultural Heritage Site Full Of Attractions
  4. 4
    3. Teradaya: The History of Ryoma Sakamoto and the Satsuma Clan
  5. 5
    4. Fushimi Inari Sando Shopping Street: Enjoy Local Delicacies as you Walk Around
  6. 6
    5. Kizakura Kappa Country: Learn the History of Fushimi's Sake
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Fushimi-Inari Shrine: The Mysterious Senbon Torii

Fushimi-Inari Shrine: The Mysterious Senbon Torii
Tower Gate
Main Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine is located about 5 minutes from JR Kyoto Station and about 5 minutes on foot from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station. This shrine is the most important of nearly 30,000 shrines dedicated to Inari throughout Japan. Senbon Torii, a line made up of thousands of vermillion torii gates, is a super popular tourist attraction, as well!

The deity, Inari Okami, was enshrined here during the Nara Period in 711. This deity has been revered for over 1300 years as a god of rice cultivation, prosperous business, family safety, and the performing arts. Past the Otorii is the tower gate leading to the main shrine, said to have been built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

千本鳥居

After visiting the main shrine, head to the Senbon Torii. This long line of vermilion torii gates is the main attraction of Inari Shrine. In the Edo Period (around 1700), worshippers would donate a torii gate when making a wish or when a prayer was answered to express their faith and gratitude.

A 2-hour walking tour through the mountain begins at Okusha Shrine and goes past the Senbon Torii. The shrine precincts of Fushimi Inari stretch all over Mt. Inari, with rows of vermilion torii gates everywhere. It is a soothing and harmonious natural landscape that you will not want to miss!

Measures Against Coronavirus:
Installation of disinfectant and sanitizer; use of coin trays; partition plates installed; all staff required to wear masks/wash hands/use disinfectant/gargle/check temperature; visitors also required to wear masks

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1. Tofukuji Temple: Kyoto's Most Famous Autumn Views

1. Tofukuji Temple: Kyoto's Most Famous Autumn Views
Tsutenbashi, seen from the Gaunkyo Bridge

To get from Fushimi Inari Shrine to Tofukuji, ride the train to Tofukuji Station (one stop from JR Inari Station, 3 stops from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station). It is about 10 minutes on foot from the station. Tofukuji Temple was established by the Fujiwara Clan in the Kamakura Period. They named it by combining the characters "To" (from Todaiji Temple) and "Fuku" (from Kofukuji Temple).

The largest temple in Kyoto was built in 1236 over the course of 19 years. There is a 15-meter tall statue of Shaka Nyorai, the principal image of the temple, and 7.5-meter tall statues of Kannon and Maitreya Bodhisattva on its left and right.

The temple was restored by Yoshimochi Ashikaga, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa. It remained Kyoto's largest Zen temple for a long time until 1881, when the main temple and the hall burned in a fire. They were both rebuilt through the Taisho and Showa Periods.

South garden

About 2,000 trees are planted around the precincts, making this shrine one of Kyoto's most famous places to see the colorful autumn leaves. The autumn foliage and greenery can be seen from Tsutenbashi, the bridge that connects the main hall and kaizan-do. Tofukuji Hojo Garden is another well-known spot of Tofukuji Temple. It is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. Its vast area has four gardens in the north, south, east, and west, designed by the landscape architect, Mirei Shigemori. The south garden is a dry landscape garden with an area of approximately 120 tsubo (397 square meters). The stones represent islands, and the swirls in the sand represent the sea. Take a walk through each garden and experience their beauty and harmony.

Measures Against Coronavirus:
Areas and equipment regularly cleaned and disinfected; disinfectant and sanitizer installed; disinfected after each visitor; use of coin trays; partition plates installed; all staff required to wear masks/wash hands/use disinfectant/gargle/check temperature; may refuse entry to visitors in poor condition; visitors required to wear masks and check temperature

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2. Daigoji Temple: A World Cultural Heritage Site Full Of Attractions

2. Daigoji Temple: A World Cultural Heritage Site Full Of Attractions
Five-story Pagoda

To get to Daigoji from Fushimi Inari Shrine, ride the train from JR Inari Station to Rokujizo Station (3 stations away), and the bus for about 10 minutes. Daigoji is the head temple of the Shingon Sect, and was registered in 1994 as a World Cultural Heritage site as a Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto.

The temple vicinity encompasses the entire Daigosan Mountain. The summit is called the Kami-daigo area, and the foot of the mountain is called Shimo-daigo. When you pass through the Saidaimon Gate, rebuilt by Toyotomi Hideyori, you will come to a temple lined with shrines.

The Kondo (Golden Hall) is a national treasure, relocated from Wakayama under the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the shrine's main idol, along with two other statues of Bodhisattvas Nikko and Gakko, are all designated important cultural properties. The five-storied pagoda is another national treasure and the oldest wooden structure in Kyoto Prefecture, built in honor of Emperor Daigo.

Sanboin

Sanboin is one of Daigoji's smaller temples, built in 1115 by Shokaku, the 14th archbishop of Daigoji Temple. It has been the head temple of Daigoji since. The current Sanboin was built in the wake of Daigo no Hanami, a cherry-blossom viewing party held by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598.

The garden was designed by Hideyoshi himself and is designated as a national historic site and a place of special scenic beauty. There are many attractions, including the Karamon and Omote-shoin, both national treasures, and the weeping cherry trees in front of the main entrance.

Measures Against Coronavirus:
Disinfectant and sanitizer installed; partition plates installed; all staff required to wear masks/wash hands/use disinfectant/gargle/check temperature; customer capacity regulated and seat spacing maintained; visitors required to wear masks and check temperature

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3. Teradaya: The History of Ryoma Sakamoto and the Satsuma Clan

3. Teradaya: The History of Ryoma Sakamoto and the Satsuma Clan
Statue of Ryoma Sakamoto standing in the garden

To get from Fushimi Inari Taisha to Teradaya, ride from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station to Chushojima Station (6 stations away), and walk for about 6-7 minutes. Teradaya opened as a boathouse inn in Fushimi Kyobashi in 1597. It operated ships between Fushimi and Osaka during the Edo Period, and was a designated residence of the Satsuma clan.

This historical spot served as the stage for two of the most important events of the Meiji Restoration. The Teradaya Incident, in which nine members of the Satsuma Domain were killed in 1862, and the Sakamoto Ryoma Incident, in which Ryoma Sakamoto escaped an attack during his stay at Teradaya.

Teradaya is now an inn and a historic museum. There is a bathroom on the first floor, and stairs leading to the second floor's guest rooms. You can see the bullet holes in the walls of Umeno-ma (the Plum Room), where Ryoma himself stayed, and sword marks in the entrance pillars of Takeno-ma.

Measures Against Coronavirus:
Interior areas and equipment regularly cleaned and disinfected; disinfectant and sanitizer installed; disinfected after each visitor; use of coin trays; partition plates installed; all staff required to wear masks/wash hands/use disinfectant/gargle/check temperature; customer capacity regulated and seat spacing maintained; restricted admission, reservation system implemented; may refuse entry to visitors in poor condition; visitors required to wear masks and check temperature

  • Teradaya
    寺田屋
    • Address 263 Minamihamacho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-8045
    • Nearest Station Access: 6-minute walk from Keihan Chushojima Station
    • Phone Number 075-622-0243
    • Hours: 10:00AM-4:00PM (Reception until 3:40PM)
      Admission: 400 yen (tax included)
      Closed: Mondays, irregular holidays, January 1-3

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4. Fushimi Inari Sando Shopping Street: Enjoy Local Delicacies as you Walk Around

4. Fushimi Inari Sando Shopping Street: Enjoy Local Delicacies as you Walk Around

Fushimi Inari Sando Shopping Street is a street lined with shops that leads to the torii from Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan Electric Railway). Long ago, fried tofu was offered to Inari Okami, said to be a favorite food of foxes. Inari-sushi, one of these "fox favorites", is sold at many of the shops on the street. Try several kinds and compare them!

Many shops also offer popular, old-fashioned treats such as Inari senbei, amazake, hiyashiame, and warabi mochi. Some even sell the rare sparrow and quail yakitori! Please note that many shops may be closed on the weekdays.

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine Shopping Street
    伏見稲荷参道商店街
    • Address Fukakusa Kaidocho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-0806
    • Nearest Station Access: Immediately off Keihan Fushimi Inari Station
    • Phone: Varies by shop
      Hours: Varies by shop

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5. Kizakura Kappa Country: Learn the History of Fushimi's Sake

5. Kizakura Kappa Country: Learn the History of Fushimi's Sake

Kizakura Brewery is located in Fushimi. Fushimi has long prospered as a brewing town since ancient times, famous for its "Fushimizu" water. The kappa, a well-known creature of Japanese folklore, was appointed as the official character about 60 years ago.

Kizakura Kappa Country is located 6-7 minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (about 6 stations from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station). It is a directly-managed shop where you can buy Kizakura sake, learn the history of sake brewing, and taste local sake and beers that can only be found here.

Kappa Museum

Learn about the history of Kizakura and the sake brewing process at Kizakura Kappa Country's Kizakura Memorial Hall. Visit the Kappa Museum to see exhibits about the history and folklore of the kappa, a Japanese mythological creature from ancient times.

Kizakura Shoten sells various Kizakura products, including local sake and beers that can only be found here, as well as kappa goods and Kyoto souvenirs. The Kizakura Sake Bar serves lunch and freshly-made local beers and sake.

Fushimigura, opened in 2015, has various exhibits on display. Finally, you can visit the Ginjo and the Craft Beer Brewery. If you have time, why not visit them all?

Measures Against Coronavirus:
Shop interior and equipment regularly cleaned and disinfected; disinfectant and sanitizer installed; disinfected after each customer (in restaurant); interior is well-ventilated; use of coin trays; all staff required to wear masks/wash hands/use disinfectant/gargle/check temperature; visitors required to wear masks and check temperature

  • Kizakura Kappa Country
    キザクラ カッパ カントリー
    • Address 228 Shioyamachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-8046
    • Nearest Station Access: 6-minute walk from Keihan Chushojima Station
    • Phone Number 075-611-9919
    • Hours: Kizakura Memorial Hall 10:00AM-4:00PM, Kizakura Shoten 10:00AM-8:00PM, Kizakura Bar 11:30AM-2:30PM (Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays open at 11:00AM. L.O. 2:00PM), 5:00PM-10:00PM (L.O. 9:00PM)
      Admission: Free
      Closed: Kizakura Memorial Hall is open on Mondays (including public holidays) and New Years holidays; Kizakura Shoten is open only during New Years holidays.

As you can see, there are many historical attractions in the Fushimi area. If you visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, be sure to check out some of these great surrounding spots, as well!

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Kiko Matsuda, Keiko Kimura, Risa Tsuji, and a team of female writers familiar with Kansai. We love eating, drinking and traveling! We share fun information based on our experiences.

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