Fushimi Area

Kyoto, Kansai

Famous for its quality spring water and sake brewing. Sake cellars along the moat, with the atmosphere of 17th century Japan.

Momoyama is located in the southernmost hills of the Higashiyama Mountains in southern Kyoto, with the Uji-gawa River to the south. Momoyama developed as an important strategic point for land and river transportation connecting Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. Fushimi Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous warrior of the 16th century; however, it was torn down twenty years later by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan. Afterwards, many peach trees were planted in the ruins of the castle, and thus the hills came to be known as Momoyama, or "Peach Hills."

People pray at Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine for success in business, good luck and better skills. The shrine also serves as the head for 40,000 Inari shrines all over Japan. Red torii (shrine gates) donated by worshippers line the path, so close together that they form what resembles a tunnel leading all the way to the top of Mt. Inari-san rising high above the grounds. The winding four-kilometer-long path to the summit is always crowded with worshippers making a visit to the shrine, called the Oyama-meguri (Oyama tour).

Since ancient times, Fushimi has been blessed with high quality spring water from the Momoyama hills, and thus is known for Japanese sake (rice wine) brewing. Nearly 40 sake cellars still stand alongside a moat, and the area retains the atmosphere of the Edo Period from 17th to the 19th century. Streets lined with bars and restaurants unique to this brewing town are another of its many attractions for tourists.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 2h 15 min to Kyoto Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Nozomi), and 12 min from Kyoto to Momoyama Station by JR Nara Line.
* It takes 2h 45 min from Tokyo to Kyoto by Hikari Shinkansen.
From Osaka:
[Rail] 28 min to Kyoto Station by JR Tokaido Line (new rapid service).

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