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What you should know about Fushimi

The ward of Fushimi in the city of Kyoto offers a glimpse into Japan’s rich and interesting feudal past, with beautiful and traditional shrines and temples throughout the district. The name Fushimi stems from the Japanese words “fusu” and “mizu,” together meaning “hidden water,” as the district is a key source of fresh spring water. This also allows Fushimi to produce excellent sake, and is Japan’s second-largest producer of the delicious wine. Travel to Fushimi to discover all these wonderful aspects of Japanese culture.

Hotels in Fushimi


There are several great Fushimi hotels dotted around the district, particularly along the Hanshin Expressway which leads to the south of Kyoto and to Osaka. For a budget Fushimi hotel, try the 3-star Pulses Inn Kyoto. This cozy and modern hotel has 2 restaurants serving international cuisine at all hours of the day. The 3.5-star Urban Hotel Kyoto further north is also perfect for a great-value stay. However, travelers looking for an authentic experience should look at the Kuretake an inn. With traditional heated kotatsu tables and tatami mats and wonderful wooden and paper décor, this luxury hotel in Fushimi lets you stay in true Japanese style.

Things to see in Fushimi


Take a trip to the Fushimi Momoyama Castle. A faithful replica of the original structure—a retirement palace for Emperor Hideyoshi who ruled during the 16th century—this castle is an impressive, towering structure in a traditional Eastern style. In addition, you can visit another site of a former emperor within the scenic castle gardens. The Fushimi Momayamaryo shrine is the home of the tomb of Emperor Meiji, who led the nation during Japan’s industrial revolution. Although you’ll need to scale a lot of steps to reach the top of the hill where his grave lies, you’ll also have a fantastic view of the whole Fushimi district. Descend the steps and take a well-deserved break at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Learn all about the traditional methods of making this famous wine, and try Fushimi’s own varieties, as well as the pure spring water that gives the district’s sake its distinct flavor.

Good for couples


Fushimi offers beautiful sites and exciting activities for you and your partner to enjoy together. Stay in comfort at a traditional inn in the district, take a tour of Fushimi’s traditional buildings and gardens, and relax in the evening by trying the local cuisine. Budget travelers will also be able to find great Fushimi hotel deals to save money on their vacation in Kyoto. The Hanshin Expressway running through the district and a central train station that link Fushimi directly to the city of Kyoto mean visitors can easily visit other great sites in the center.

How to get to Fushimi


Fly to Osaka International Airport, Fushimi’s closest airport, or Kansai International Airport that lies a little further out. Consider taking the well-priced Osaka Airport Limousine coach service that links Osaka to Kyoto to save money. From Kyoto, you can take the Keihan train line to Fushimi train station. Otherwise, it’s about a 45-minute cab ride. Trains run regularly from Fushimi train station to Kyoto’s central region, but also to the busy city of Osaka. A day trip to Osaka via train will mean a journey time of just under 1 hour. If you’re driving, Fushimi is served by the northbound Hanshin Expressway and highway 24.

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