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Tasting Kyoto's New Year

After praying for continued luck for the New Year at some of Kyoto's best spots for worship, come drink endless sake and learn something new.
(About 4 hours)

01:00-02:30

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Among over 30,000 Inari shrines across the country, people come to pray to this god who is responsible for success in business and bountiful crops. Since it is tradition in Japan to visit a shrine on New Year's Day, over 2,500,000 people choose this shrine for their first visit of the year. On the grounds there are special Omokaru (light and heavy) Stones that can predict the outcome of a wish depending on how heavy they feel to you. Since January is a special time of year at this shrine, the tearoom on the grounds (Important Cultural Property) will be opened to the public.

Details
Address: 68 Yabunochi-cho Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access: A short walk from JR Inari Station on the JR Nara Line or a 5-minute walk from Fushimi Inari Station on the Keihan Railway Station
Closed: Open year round
Entrance Fees: Free

*Keihan Railway: From Keihan Fushimi Inari Station to Fushimi Momoyama Station: 12 minutes

03:00-04:00

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Gekkeikan Cellar Memorial Hall

Welcome the New Year in your seat with traditional Japanese alcohol and sake. Although the origins of sake are unknown, this beverage made from fermented rice has a long history in Japan and never seems to be in short supply during festivals and religious ceremonies. In this memorial hall, sake history and brewing materials are on display, and there are sake and plum wine sampling. In addition, many gifts are available for purchase making New Year's an especially ideal time for a visit.

Details
Address: 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 10-minute walk from Chushojima Station on the Keihan Railway
Hours: 9:30 - 16:30
Closed: December 27th to January 7th August 13 to 16
Entrance Fees: Adults: 300 yen, Junior High and High School Students: 100 yen (includes a free gift)

04:15-05:00

Fushimi Yume Hyakushu

As the main branch of Gekkeikan, the construction of this building reflects the utmost in refinement. Nowadays it is open for business as a retro coffee shop, where you can relax and enjoy tasting set meals and coffee.

Details
Address: 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 5-minute walk from Chushojima Station on the Keihan Railway or Momoyama Goryo-mae Station on the Kintetsu Railway
Hours: 10:30 - 17:00 (Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30 - 18:00)
Closed: Mondays (except national holidays)

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