A quick guide to Fushimi, southern part of Kyoto
Kyoto’ s summer is very hot and humid. When I visited Kyoto in Summer time, I always tried to escape from the humidity and to spend my time near clear and fresh water. Fushimi has various rich groundwater and famous Japanese Sake breweries that uses the water. Jikkoku boat tour lets us enjoy the cool atmosphere. The best way to reach Fushimi is by rail, using either Keihan Line or Kintetsu Line, and taking about 20 mins from Kyoto Station.
Gekkeikan is one of the Japanese Sake brieweris in Fushimi. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum displays sake-briewing equipment and offers tastings of their nice Japanese sake.
Jikkoku boat tour takes about one hour including visiting Misuno Koumon museum. Boarding fee is 1,200 yen (about $12) and reservations are preferred.
The same system as with the Panama canal is used to connect Uji River and Hori River. This was constructed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi for the Fushimi Castle.Misuno Koumon Museum provides Diorama and old maps from the early Edo era representing Fushimi Castle and daimyo, feudal lords and houses.
Fushimi was a battleground for the Battle of Toba-Fushimi which came at the beginning of the Boshin War. The Boshin War was a battle between the former Edo Bakufu Army and the New Government Army. We usually expressed the end of Edo Bakufu as a Big Bang, a revolution of Japanese history with nostalgic and romantic feelings. Ryoma Sakamoto is one of the warriors of that time and he was admired as an ilod in Japan.
The reconstructed Teradaya at Fushimi is where Ryoma Sakamoto was attacked by the former Edo Bakufu. It’s very popular with history buffs.
After visiting Fushimi, it’s worth visiting the Uji area. It took 30 mins from Fushimi area by public transportation. My recommendation is Byodoin constructed in 1052 by Fujiwara, the richest Heian era’s noble.