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Historic sake brewing district and the location of Fushimi Inari Taisha with its iconic vermillion gates.

Photo of Fushimi, Japan (An orange torii gate greets you long before you get to the Fushimi Inari shrine by shankar s.)

Fushimi, located in the southern part of Kyoto, is known for its historic sake breweries and the striking Fushimi Inari Taisha, a shrine with thousands of vermilion torii gates. This district offers a glimpse into Japan’s past.

About Fushimi

Fushimi’s history is connected with water, important for sake brewing, and spirituality, represented by Fushimi Inari Taisha. The Shinto shrine, dedicated to Inari, the deity of rice and prosperity, features a pathway of torii gates known as Senbon Torii, a symbol of Kyoto. The shrine is a significant cultural site within the city.

Sake brewing in Fushimi has been utilizing the area’s high-quality water since the 16th century, leading to the development of numerous breweries that contribute to its reputation as a top sake-producing region. Historical breweries continue to produce sake using traditional methods, defining the district’s cultural landscape. Visitors to Fushimi can explore historical breweries and learn about sake production.

Tofukuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1236, is known for its gardens and the impressive Sanmon gate—a National Treasure. The temple has historical significance, having seen the changes in Japanese history, including the medieval periods.

Fushimi’s cultural and historical significance is evident through its ancient shrines, traditional sake breweries, and architectural sites. It reflects the legacy of Japanese craftsmanship and spirituality.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Fushimi

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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