From the time they are mere buds to the time their petals flutter to the ground, hydrangeas change their color from white to sky blue to green-blue, and finally to violet. Hydrangeas are especially suited to the rainy season in Japan. This course is ideal for flower viewing and will take you around the Fushimi area.
(About 5 hours)
This shrine, dating from the Heian Period (794 - 1185), is known for granting good luck with horses. No surprise then that many horse racing fans pay homage to the shrine. The shrine is famous for the 3,500 hydrangeas that occupy nearly 5,000 square meters within the grounds. The shrine is also host to a hydrangea festival from early June to early July. On June 15th, offerings of flowers, games, and traditional court music are made to the gods.
Hours：9:00 to 16:30
Address：609 Toriizakicho, Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access：A short walk from Fujinomori jinja city bus stop
3-minute walk from Fujinomori Station on the JR Nara Line or Sumizome Station on the Keihan Railway
Entrance fees：Free (300 yen for the hydrangea garden)
Next to Fushimi Inari Shrine, on a path popular with pilgrims, is Nezameya. Cooked sparrows and quail decorate the front of this 460-year old store. In front of Fushimi Inari Shrine that deifies the fox god to ensure abundant harvests are restaurants where you can eat enemies of the god. Eel and udon noodles, and mackerel sushi are a great choice for lunch.
Hours：9:00 - 18:00
Address：82-1 Inari - Onmaecho Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access：5-minute walk from Fushimi Inari Station on the Keihan Railway or Inari Station on the JR Nara Line
Closed: No fixed holiday but closed once or twice a year.
This shrine is famous for the thousands of orange torii (Shinto gates) that stretch from the furthest reaches of the shrine and down toward the entrance. Beginning in the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), worshippers began to donate gates to the temple as offerings to the gods.
Hours: 8:30 - 16:30
Address：68 Yabunouchicho, Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access：5-minute walk from Fushimi Inari Station on the Keihan Railway or 3-min walk from Inari Station on the JR Nara Line
Entrance fees: Free