Spots in To-ji Temple / Fushimi Area

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
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    4.5
    23546 Reviews
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    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.

    I was going there on the raining afternoon. gotta buy the umbrella at the shop near the station... I regret to go there on the afternoon since Im solo trip, i am too scare to going up until the top...

  • To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple)
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    4.5
    1499 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.

    This timber pagoda rises from lush greenery and surrounding gardens, so it is quite scenic. There is a bit of space around the base so you can wander around and appreciate the architecture and...

  • Daigoji Temple
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    4.5
    640 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.

    Its been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided its still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck...

  • 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
    160 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Teradaya
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    3.5
    198 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...

  • Fujimori-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    89 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...

  • 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
    84 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kyoto Eco Trip
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    5.0
    72 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Minami-ku Higashikujoumuromachi 58
    Located only two minutes' walk from JR Kyoto Station in Kyoto's Minami Ward, Kyoto Eco Trip specializes in renting bicycles. It offers bicycles for every need, including electrical assist bicycles and bicycles for children. Since the bicycles are available for rent outside of normal business hours, including early mornings and evenings, tourists as well as local residents take advantage of them.

    We rented ebikes for a whole day. Good bikes. Good explanation. You get a brochure with the map of Kyoto.

  • 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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    4.5
    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...

  • Torisei Main Store
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    4.0
    159 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.

  • Kizakura Kappa Country, Kizakura Sakaba
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    3.5
    45 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.

    No photos allowed in the viewing room. We had a proper viewing in gekkeikan okura, so here we had a reasonable lunch. Buses of visitors coming here for lunches too. Seems to me theyre doing better...

  • Araki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    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...

  • Rokusonno-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Minami-ku Mibu-to Tsun Hangu-Horn
    Rokusonno-jinja Shrine was built during the Heian period to enshrine Minamoto-no-Tsunemoto, grandchild of Emperor Seiwa. It is said that if one crosses the popular vermillion arched bridge, also known as “the bridge of love,” they will be blessed by a good marriage partner. In the spring it is a beautiful place blooming with Oshima and Someiyoshino cherry blossoms.

    Rokusonno Shrine is located near to Toji and about 30 minutes walking distance from Kyoto JR Station. The place is quiet and picturesqued particularly during sakura period. Thus when we visited...

  • 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...

  • Nezameya
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    2.5
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku Fukakusa Onzakicho 82
    "This shop is located a two-minute walk from both Inari Station and Fushimi-Inari Station. It stands on a road of the rear approach to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, long called ""Oinari-san"" by locals. Guests can enjoy foods such as unagidon (broiled eel on rice), inari sushi (sushi rice in fried tofu pouches), and roast quail. The name of the restaurant, which opened in 1540, is said to have been bestowed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan's first unifier. Legend that he was so pleased to find a shop open after an early-morning visit to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to pray for the health of his mother that he gave the shop the character ""Ne"" from the name of his own wife, Nene. Their triangular inari sushi, meant to resemble the face and ears of a fox, have black sesame and hemp seeds in the sushi rice that gives it a pleasant popping sensation when eaten. This exquisite dish is popular for its elegant flavor."

    Youre in Fushimi inari taisha and you want to grab something to eat... thats one of the places youll go. Another touristy place. The food is average, they dont give you water of napkins (first...

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