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Fushimi and Minami-ku 伏見・南区

Probably a known name known to all who have travelled to Kyōto, Fushimi is home to the (truly world-) famous Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine (伏見稲荷大社). Historically a village to the southwest of Kyōto, Fushimi Ward today is incorporated into the city and easily reachable by bus and (JR, Kintetsu, Keihan) train lines.

Asides from Fushimi Inari, the district is more widely known in Japan as a Sake-producing region. Around Chūshojima Sta., several preserved Sake storage houses and Sake companies can be visited along a water road. In the hills to the east of this area, a re-constructed Momoyama Castle (桃山城跡) invites for cherry blossom viewing in spring near the Grave of the Meiji Emperor (1868–1912), under whose rule Japan had transformed from a closed, feudalistic, to a modern, imperialist country.

The southeastern area of Kyōto, in what is present-day Minami Ward (南区), on the other hand, is home to factories rather than temples. Yet, Tō-ji (東寺), one of the historic guard temples of ancient Kyōto, and Jōnan-gu (城南宮), famed for its plum blossoms, are worth detours.

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The famous Torii of Fushimi Inari Shrine

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