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The Fushimi Sake District () is a charming, traditional sake brewing district along the willow-lined Horikawa River in southern Kyoto. Revered for the clean, soft water that flows in abundance from the river's underground springs, the district is home to nearly 40 sake breweries. Alongside Kobe's Nada District, Fushimi has been a leading sake brewing district in the country for many centuries.

Among the local breweries is industry giant Gekkeikan which was founded here in 1637. Many of the district's buildings preserve their traditional appearance with wood and white-plaster walls. A few of the breweries in the area are open to the public and offer shops where you can taste and purchase their products (including some exclusive items not available elsewhere), restaurants and museums.

Fushimi grew during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period at the base of Fushimi Castle (on Momoyama Hill after which the period was named), the retirement palace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the contemporary ruler of Japan. It flourished as a sake production site thanks to its strategic shipping location at the junction of two rivers, the availability of good water and the high demand for alcoholic beverages by the inhabitants of the castle and its town.

A few hundred years later, in the waning years of the Edo Period, Fushimi became a venue for the preparations and a battle leading to the Meiji Restoration. Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most famous proponents of the restoration, frequented the local Teradaya Inn where he barely survived an attack on his life on one occasion. The inn was rebuilt since. It stands near the sake breweries and is open to tourists for daytime viewing and overnight stays.

At Fushimi's prime as a shipping port, flat-bottom, wooden boats plied the rivers, moving goods to and from the castle town. Wooden boats can still be seen on the river, although these days they carry sightseeing cruise passengers rather than mercantile goods. Cruises depart from docks near the Gekkeikan Brewery and the Teradaya Inn. The cruises both go as far as the junction with the Uji River and take about 50 and 40 minutes respectively.

Sake-related sites

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: New Year and Obon holidays
Admission: 600 yen

Kizakura

Kappa Country: 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 21:30 (from 11:00 on weekends)
A visit to the museum requires advance reservations

Fushimi Yumehyakushu

Hours: 10:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 weekends and holidays)
Closed: Mondays (except national holidays), New Year and Obon

Other attractions

Teradaya Inn

Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:40)
Closed: some Mondays, January 1-3
Admission: 400 yen (6500-7000 for an overnight stay)

Otesujidori Shopping Arcade

Hours: Varies by shop (typically 10:00 to 19:00)
Closed: Varies by shop (typically open every day)

Getting there and around

The sites around the Fushimi Sake District are within a 5-10 minute walk from Chushojima Station (15 minutes, 280 yen from Kyoto's Sanjo Station) or Fushimi-Momoyama Station (15-20 minutes, 280 yen from Sanjo Station) on the Keihan Main Line or from Momoyama Goryomae Station (10-15 minutes, 300 yen from Kyoto Station) on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line. Alternatively, they are a 15-20 minute walk from Momoyama Station (12 minutes, 200 yen from Kyoto Station) on the JR Nara Line.

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