Spots in To-ji Temple / Fushimi Area

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
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    4.5
    24494 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Yabunouchi cho 68
    This shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, is the head of all Inari Shrines in Japan, which total to around 30,000 shrines. The shrine is particularly famous for its vermillion lacquered Torii gate tunnels, as well as to parishioners visiting the god for business, harvest, and fortune. Many of the buildings on the grounds are also painted with brilliant vermillion lacquer including the front shrine, main shrine, and tower gate, which has been designated an Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The torii gate corridor, said to consist of several thousand to 10,000 torii gates, twists and turns making it quite the spectacle. Beyond that is the rear shrine as well as the entrance to Mt. Inari-san which is dotted with countless small burial mounds. It is one of the most famous spots in the Kansai region to visit for the annual New Year Shrine Visit and draws huge numbers of visitors every year.

    Many shrines in Asia, we noticed, are difficult to get to. This glorious temple as well is for fit and fine to climb. We tell you, only the fit may climb.

  • To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple)
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    4.5
    1618 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Kujouchou 1
    This Buddhist temple is the only remaining structure built during the days of the ancient capital of Heian-kyo (the former name of the city of Kyoto) and officially named Kyo-o gokoku-ji Temple. The temple was registered as a World Heritage site in 1994. The temple’s numerous National Treasures are worthy of note, such as its Kondo Hall (Main Hall), Daishido Hall (Miei House), and five tier pagoda, which is 55 meters (187 feet) tall and is the tallest wooden structure in Japan. Some of the temple’s many other historic and cultural assets include the southern gate and lecture hall, both registered as Important Cultural Properties.

    Amazing historic site, has statues that were burned centuries ago but survived. Many local people go for spiritual reasons. Also a massive local market was happening the day we went, like a yard or...

  • Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Minamihamachou 247
    A museum dedicated to the Gekkeikan sake company located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City. A remodeled sake brewery standing on the birthplace of Gekkeikan on the edge of the Hori River, the museum presents information on sake brewing in Fushimi and the history of the Gekkeikan company. Sake brewing implements designated Tangible Folk Cultural Properties by the city of Kyoto are on permanent display and visitors can also learn how sake is made. In addition, traditional sake brewing songs are played in the museum, recreating the atmosphere of a real sake brewery. In the sake tasting room, popular with tourists, visitors can sample Gekkeikan Retro-Bottle Ginjyoshu and Tama no Izumi Daiginjyo as well as Plum Wine. Tours of the Sakekobo facility require an advance reservation.

    This was a spontaneous addition to our itinerary whilst in Kyoto. My partner wanted to taste sake whilst travelling in Japan. This brewery, now museum was great value for money. We paid about 400...

  • Jonan-gu Shrine
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    4.5
    166 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Nakajimatobarikyuchou 7
    A Shinto shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City known as Katayoke no taisha (the Direction Warding Shrine). Emperor Shirakawa had a grand villa built here in the Heian period after his retirement, making the area into a political and cultural center. Rites were conducted here to pray for the emperor’s safety when he traveled to visit the temples of Kumano and the temple is still strongly popular among the faithful today for providing divine aid with construction, manufacturing, moving to a new location, traveling, and traffic safety. Visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers in the temple’s spacious garden. The temple holds Kyokusui no utage (Meandering Stream Banquets) in spring and autumn, events which are famed as displays of imperial elegance.

    The Shrine had been built south of Heian Kyoto in 794 to protect the capital. The five separate gardens were large and striking with Kyokusui-no-utage held twice annually in spring and the fall. It...

  • Daigoji Temple
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Daigohigashiojichou 22
    This temple is the grand head temple of the Daigo School of the Shingon sect and is located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The ample grounds of this temple cover over 1633 acres on Mt. Daigo, and is registered as a world heritage. In 874, one of Kukai's disciple's disciple, Rigen Daishi Shobo, built a simple edifice on this mountain which became the beginnings of this temple. The temple is divided into upper Daigoand lower Daigo, connected by a rugged mountain path. The premises are allocated with over 80 pagodas and temples. Notable, the golden pavilion that is a national treasure, and the five-tier pagoda built in the Heian period of which there are only a few in the prefecture. On the second Sunday in April, the HotaikoHanamigyoretsu procession, which ToyotomiHideyoshi started, is held annually in concurrence with the Daigo Hanami flower festival.

    We loved every bit of this place.Beautiful ponds and those flowers everywhere is just heavenly.We went during cherry blossom season which made it even more pretty.

  • Fujimori-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Fukakusatorisakichou 609
    A Shinto shrine located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. There are various theories regarding its establishment, but it is said that this is the site where Empress Jingu buried and enshrined an array of armaments in 203. During the Fujimori Festival held on May 5, an event called the Kakeuma Shinji is held—horseback riders perform stunts such as head stands and riding sideways, attracting throngs of visitors. Known as a shrine dedicated to luck in victory, scholarship, and horses, the shrine is frequently visited by people with an interest in horse racing.

    Another must see in Golden week. This is a short walk from the JR station to the shrine. Every year on the 5th May at 1pm and 3 pm of May this unique event occurs at the shrine. This is an old...

  • Teradaya
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    3.5
    201 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Minamihamachou 263
    This is an inn where Shimazu Hisamitsu tried to purge the Satsuma shishi, who were advocates in the Satsuma clan of the return to imperial rule, during the latter years of the Edo period (the Teradaya Incident). It was learned that the hero of Tosa, Sakamoto Ryoma, visited this inn regularly, and Teradaya became the scene of a plot to assassinate Ryoma, who just barely managed to escape thanks to the quick-wittedness of his lover, Oryo. Although the building was destroyed by fire during the battle of Toba-Fushimi, it was reconstructed after that and is a facility that offers accommodation as well.

    Toba-Fushimi Battle was the end of a series of epoch-making struggles in Kyoto. The struggles had started with Terada-ya Inn incident. Terada-ya was a port-town inn along Goh-kawa Canal in Fushimi...

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Otabisho
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Nishikujouikenouchichou 98
    Located about five minutes on foot from Kyoto Station in Minami Ward, Kyoto City, this is the spot where Fushimi Inari's mikoshi (portable shrine) is stored. Tourists and locals pour in for the annual Inari Festival from late April to early May when the precincts are lined with a variety of stalls. During this time visitors can receive a goshuin, the shrine's official stamp.
  • Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Gokougumonzenchou 174
    A Shinto shrine located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City dedicated to Empress Jingu, the goddess of easy childbirth. Originally called Mimoro-jinja Shrine, it was given the name Gokonomiya (the Fragrant Shrine) by Emperor Seiwa when a spring welled forth on the grounds that carried a wonderful fragrance and was found to cure illness. The shrines Fushimi Festival, which involves a parade of the principle object of worship and which is held at the beginning of October, is considered the best such festival in the country. The parade includes a pair of lion-dogs, three portable shrines, a parade of people in samurai dress, and great numbers of parishioners. On the 1st and the 8th, artful flower umbrellas are carried around by parishioners from around the area, who party late into the night.

    Fushimi is located in the southern part of Kyoto City, and known with a famous Merchants guardian deity, Fushimi Inari Shrine. The number of the visitors to the shrine scores the biggest in Kyoto...

  • Aeon Mall (KYOTO)
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Nishikujoutoriguchichou 1
    This shopping mall is about five minutes on foot from JR Kyoto Station in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. It features about 140 shops and puts on 1,000 Events a Year, mainly on weekends. These include live shows, exhibitions, workshops, and more. There is a free shuttle bus from Kyoto Station on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.
  • Torisei Main Store
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Kamiaburakakechou 186
    This izakaya is five minutes on foot from the Keihan Main Line's Fushimi Momoyama Station in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City. They feature a variety of chicken-based cuisine including skewers made with domestic poultry. Housed in a refurbished Shinsei sake warehouse, they have tanks of Kuradashi unprocessed sake delivered directly to the brewery that guests enjoy poured fresh. They have private rooms and can accommodate group banquets, too.

    Excellent yakitori experience ! other dish are also good. Lot of choice Menu card in English and a waitress speaks English Cheap prices You are served really quickly

  • Benzaiten Choken-ji Temple
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Higashiyanagichou 511
    "A Buddhist temple located a three-minute walk from the ""Chushojima"" municipal bus station. Known as the ""Shima no Benten-san,"" the temple was established in 1699 by Takebe Masanoki. The main temple building enshrines a statue of Benzaiten, the temple is believed to grant worshippers aid in improving various performing arts abilities. The temple grounds are a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing and in late March a variety of weeping cherries called the ""ito-zakura"" comes into bloom, making these the earliest flowering weeping cherries in Kyoto. The temple is also famous for its coin sized, shellfish-shaped amulets which are said to bring good luck."

    Chokenji Temple is located near Teradaya and Okura Kinenkan. It is maybe one of the main attractions in Fushimi areas. There is a spring called Akasui on premises.

  • Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Fukakusaikenouchichou 13
    With over 100 interactive displays, the Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth lets visitors learn about science while having fun, coming to a deeper understanding of it through the senses and humor. Along with an exhibition area, a laboratory, and a planetarium, there are multiple outdoor displays you won't want to miss.

    This center, although not in the metropolitan area of Kyoto was worth every minute and every penny spent to get there. We went there with two small children (5 & 3) via one of the private rails from...

  • Otabe Honkan
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    27 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Nishikujoutakahatachou 35-2
    As a result of opening a new store in 1966, the Tsubuan-iri Yatsuhashi Otabe they created became known throughout Japan as a Kyoto confectionery. Today, in addition to seasonal otabe (thin sheets of unbaked rice cake), they also sell ones with various flavors besides tsubuan (coarse sweet red bean paste). They hold factory tours as well as an otabe-making class. (Reservations are required)

    I went to see how do they do my favorite sweet in Kyoto while I was living there, the very famous otabe おたべ. But I went in the afternoon and the lady explained me that the factory was in activity...

  • Kizakura Kappa Country, Kizakura Sakaba
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    3.5
    97 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Shioyamachi 228
    At Kizakura Sakaba guests can enjoy Kizakura sake and local craft beer in a charming brewery atmosphere with the diversity of drink options that you'd expect of a brewery-run shop. The building maintains the dynamic framing of the former main shop's warehouse as it's always been, and a beer keg awaits you at the storefront on the stone-paved approach to the entrance.

    Reviewing the restaurant here and not the museum, which is all in Japanese and fairly basic. A second visit to Fushimi Sake District, a second trip to Kizakura for lunch. Theyve got a great cheap...

  • Kisshoin Tenmangu Shrine
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Kisshouinmandokorochou 3
    "A Shinto shrine located a three-minute walk from the ""Kisshoin Tenmangumae"" bus stop. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, god of scholarship; established in 934 on the order of Emperor Suzaku, this is the first such Tenmangu shrine dedicated to Michizane to have been built. Deeply connected to Michizane, the shrine's grounds encompass a burial mound records state contains Michizane's actual umbilical cord, a well called the Suzuri no Mizu which Michizane used when practicing his penmanship as a boy, and a well called the Kagami no I which Michizane saw his own reflection in. The shrine is also one of those on the Kyoto 16 Shrine Seal Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage in which followers visit 16 shrines to collect their goshuin seal marks."

    全国に道真をご祭神とする所謂、天神さんは無数にあるみたいです。京都だけでも何か所あるか?それだけ祟りとかご利益とかに係る願が多いのは今昔、いつの世も同じですねぇ。ここは北野天神さんよりも古いとか、道真が産湯を使った鉢とか・・確か、ここも道真が亡くなってから都に天変地異が多発して鎮守のために造られた神社のはず、生まれた時とか幼少期に纏わる伝説は俄かには信じ難いですねぇ。それよりも、京都で(全国的にも...

  • Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Nishikujosugatacho 7
    A disaster prevention center located an eight-minute walk from Kintetsu Railway Jujo Station. In this interactive facility, you can look, listen, touch, and experience the actions you need to take and the knowledge you need to have during a disaster. The center offers half day programs which teach you what you might experience and what you should do under wind speeds of 32 meters per second, or what the horizontal shakings of earthquakes in the range of JMA Seismic Intensity four to seven feel like. There's also an open exhibit area where you can experience a simulated urban flood; and get in the Hiei, a helicopter actually used by the Kyoto City aerial firefighting brigade and try a realistic helicopter flying simulation.

    All exhibition in Japanese Staff nice but communication was not too effective Most interesting is earthquake and strong wind simulator at ground floor Prepare to wait - many student groups will...

  • Araki-jinja Shrine
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    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Fukakusakaidoguchichou 12-3
    This is a Shinto shrine said to have been built in the early Meiji period. It is a place that benefits marriage and the kuchi-ire-ningyo which is a group of three foxes is popular. The middle fox is said to mediate on one’s perfect marriage partner.

    Established in 711 AD, this small and unpretentious shrine is difficult to find but worth finding. It is located on the slopes of the mountain holding the more famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine. If you...

  • Daikokuji Temple
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Takajouchou 4
    This Toji Shingon Buddhist temple is just a 10-minute walk from the Tambabashi station. The feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi was an adherent of this temple, formerly called the Chofukuji Temple. Through the demise of Shimazu Iehisa in 1615, the Lord of the Satsuma clan, this temple became a site of prayer and because the principal guardian deity of Shimazu Yoshihiro emanates from Daikokuten, the name was changed to Daikokuji Temple. In addition to visiting the standing shokannon, which is said to have been placed here by the monk Kukai, and the shusse daikokuten, the principal deities, one can also view the room which was used by Saigo Takamori in the days of Tokugawa shogunate, and the graves of the nine samurai martyred in the Teradaya massacre. The water flowing out of the well within the temple confines is said to have wonder-working powers and bring monetary fortune.

    I recommend to go for the Zuihô-in sub-temple rather than the Daisen-in one (you have to pay 400¥ for EACH temple, and you can only visit 6/23) You cannot take any pictures in the Daisen so keep...

  • Momo Terrace
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Momoyamachouyamanoshita 32
    Momo Terrace is a large shopping mall opened in February 2015 in the Fushimi-Momoyama area. In keeping with the name of the region, a peach (momo) tree is planted at the edge of the plaza at the main entrance. The food court inside has a children's area and a nearby party room, making it easy for parents to gather with their friends. Furthermore, a free smartphone app called NEARLY lets you access useful information about each shop in Momo Terrace.

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