Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Kyoto
Population
2,644,331

Fushimi Sake District

The second largest brewery district in Japan.

The Fushimi Sake District is mostly known for the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. While this landmark is certainly worth a visit, don’t forget to take a walk in the amazing brewery district while in Kyoto city. The neighborhood is all about nihonshu (rice wine, sometimes erroneously referred to as sake, which means alcohol in general), and it has been for centuries.

Today, Fushimi is the second-largest rice wine producer in Japan with nearly 40 sake breweries. While the calming scenery, traditional-style homes, temples and gently flowing rivers might give you the idea that this area is picturesque but a bit static, there’s actually a lot to discover here.

Fushimi Sake District is where you can find a bit of peace from the crowds.

Brewery breakdown

For instance, plenty of nihonshu producers have set up their facilities to feature free museums, as well as recreational areas with rice-wine tasting and beer gardens. Many museums have an impressive collection of both old and modern nihonshu-making tools and crafts. The Gekkeikan Okura Sake museum was opened by the oldest brewery in the district and it offers a unique tour through the history of rice-wine making, as well as tastings of nihonshu and plum wine. Here, you will definitely learn all there is to know about the Japanese art of making rice wine!

A few other breweries of note are Fushimi Yume Hyakushu, Aburacho and Kizakura Kappa Country. Besides museums, there are also many restaurants and cafes in the Fushimi Sake District, such as the Fushimi Yume Hyakushu Cafe, serving traditional food and liquor.

Photo by: Lucio Maurizi One of the many Jikkokubune tours available in the area.

Fushimi means “underground water” or “hidden water” and the springs in this area are renowned for their high quality. Boat rides along the three intersecting main rivers — the Uji, Katsura and Kamo rivers— are a beautiful way to relax after sippin’ sake. Along your sightseeing cruise, you will notice that the waters appear particularly soft and mellow. Because of their unique characteristics, they are used in the local sake production. Fermenting the sake for a long time, while using the waters in the process, creates a smooth rice wine. Every day, several jikkokubune canal cruises leave for a one-hour tour of the district, stopping by the Misukomon Sake Museum, where you can enjoy the exhibits, before heading back.

Finally, you can plan your trip around the annual Fushimi Nihonshu Festival. It’s usually held in spring but the dates change from year to year. This will be the perfect occasion to taste over 30 varieties of local nihonshu …but drink responsibly! For more information on the exact dates of the festival refer to this website.

Nearby Fushimi Sake District

Besides all the well-known brewery locations and museums, the area has plenty of temples and shrines. In addition to Fushimi Inari Shrine, another notable one is Choken-ji Temple, dedicated to Benten, the only female representative of the seven Japanese lucky gods. Hidden inside this temple you will find a lantern dedicated to the mother of Jesus, Saint Mary. This artifact was placed there by devout Christians looking for a place to pray when their faith was outlawed in the 17th Century.

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Things To Know

Jikkokubune canal cruises

If you are interested in a canal cruise, they are available only between April 1 and Nov. 30. The schedule for the boat rides depends on the season and weather conditions.  The admission fee for adults is ¥1000 and ¥500 for children.

Gekkeikan Okura museum

Admission: ¥300 (including nihonshu and plum wine tasting). Hours: 09:30 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.  | Teradaya Inn (museum): You can visit the Teradaya Inn museum everyday, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but you will need to pay a ¥400 entrance fee.

Aburacho

(Brewery, nihonshu tasting, bar): Admission: free but prices for tasting and products vary. Hours: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Kizakura Kappa Country

(Brewery’s restaurant): Hours – Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fushimi Yume Hyakushu Cafe

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday: closed.

How To Get There

Address

668-2 Motozaimokuchō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-8043, Japan

By train

From Kyoto station, take the Kintetsu line to Kintetsu Tambabashi station. Exit and walk for two minutes towards Tambabashi station on the Keihan line and get off at Chushojima station. (around 20 minutes; ¥550)

From Kawaramachi station, walk to Gion-Shijo station and take the Keihan line to Chushojima station (around 12 minutes; ¥270)

Where To Stay

Okina Tei
  • Fushimi-ku Higashiyanagi cho 501 Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto 612-8211
  • 6.8/10
  • 0.2 km
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Gafu Hostel
  • Fushimi-ku Nakaaburakakecho 106-7 Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto 612-8056
  • 8.1/10
  • 0.3 km
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Chushojima INN #2
  • Yoshijima Yagurachō 4-70 Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto 612-8224
  • 9.2/10
  • 0.3 km
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Chushojima INN #1
  • Yoshijima Yagurachō 4-72 Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto 612-8224
  • 0.3 km
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