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Must-try Restaurants and Cafes around Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

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Looking for a place to eat around Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto? Here's a quick guide to Fushimi Inari shrine and restaurants & cafes around the area!

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Fushimi Inari Shrine is very famous for its Senbon-Torii gates (shown above), and also for its Inari foxes, who are said to be messengers to the god Inari. As you walk through the shrine's premises, you will see many statues of foxes. The foxes' favorite food is known to be Abura-age, which is fried tofu. People created a type of sushi that uses Abura-age, and since it was the foxes' favorite, they named it Inari sushi (which you will see a photograph of in the next section)!
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A statue of a fox.

Nezameya (祢ざめ家)

As mentioned above, inari sushi is a popular Japanese dish that features fried tofu skin (a favorite food of the foxes at Inari Taisha) wrapped around rice. While you're at Fushimi Inari Taisha, it only makes sense that you try some inari sushi if you haven't already!
Nezameya is around a 2-minute walk from JR Inari station and was established some 450 years ago! It is very popular among tourists, and a line of hungry people waiting to eat some delicious inari sushi often forms outside of the shop. In addition to inari sushi, Nezameya also serves great soba and unagi (eel) dishes which are worth trying. If you plan to go for lunch, it's probably a good idea to go early!

Ramen Hiwamatanoboru (ラー麺 陽はまた昇る)

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If you're craving ramen, Hiwamatanoboru is the very best you can get near Fushimi Inrari Taisha. The soup is made from a combination of fish, chicken, and pork bone (tonkotsu), and is wonderfully umami-filled without being too rich. The noodles are hand made and complement the soup perfectly. The standard ¥750 ramen comes with half an egg and some beautiful pieces of wonderfully soft rare chashu.
The shop is fairly spacious for a ramen restaurant and can seat 25 people, so it shouldn't be too much trouble to get a seat. The restaurant is located just a minute away from Fushimi Inari Station.
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Akichi (懐石カフェ 蛙吉)

If you are looking for a traditional yet a bit more modern food experience in Kyoto - try this place out! Akichi, located a minute away from Fushimi Inari Station, is a frog-themed cafe that offers kaiseki cuisine as a lunch course. Their menu changes every month, so check their monthly menu! You will be in love with their food.

It is a very popular restaurant, so making a reservation beforehand is recommended.

Also, check their website for the dates they are closed. It is in Japanese, but it is simple to find - on their top page, at the bottom you will find a section where it says 「○月のお休み」and some dates below. It shows the current month's schedule for closed dates, and "日" indicates a date, and kanjis in the brackets indicates the day of the week, which you can easily check by looking up the calendar from the given dates.

Price range is around 2,000 to 2,999 yen, which is reasonable!

Zuisekian  (瑞石庵)

Zuisekian is famous for its wild yam cuisine! Just around a 6-minute walk from Inari station, this restaurant is hidden in the residential area close to Fushimi Inari Shrine. They use locally produced wild yam which has become really rare, and they make their own original menu items with it. Zuisekian was featured several times on TV shows in Japan, which tells us how special this place is!

They are usually closed every Wednesday, but they also have irregular closed days so check their website before you go! The website is in Japanese, but it is presented in a calendar, so it is easy to understand. Words written on every Wednesday show their fixed closed days, and words written in red on the other days are the irregular closed days. If words are written on a calendar space, that means they are open but full or already booked. The link for the calendar is posted below, so check it before you visit.

Dinner is only available by reservation, so plan ahead if you want to have dinner there.

Vegans Cafe & Restaurants

Vegans Cafe & Restaurants serves vegan dishes as well as organic food! If you are looking for healthy dishes, try this place. They are also very careful about food allergies, so you can enjoy their food without worrying. If you would like to try their oriental vegetarian menu, reservation is required. The restaurant offers a huge variety of dishes, and you'll definitely want to try them all! There's a great menu of Japanese-style cuisine and a pizza menu! If you're vegan who was hoping to be able to taste ramen, you should have the organic ramen (miso or soymilk)!

The restaurant can be accessed by walking about 8 minutes from Fujimori station. Dishes are around 1,000 yen and can be made into a meal set for an additional 540 yen.

Vermillion espresso bar & info.

Looking for a place to relax with a cup of coffee or a matcha latte? Try Vermillion espresso bar & info! They serve Uji matcha lattes either hot or iced, perfect on a sunny day or rainy day! They also have top-notch coffees, so if you want to take a break from walking, make sure to stop by.

Hogyokudo (宝玉堂)

Hogyokudo is a wagashiya (traditional Japanese sweets store) that makes a unique type of senbei (rice cracker) that is shaped like a fox mask. These things are not only tasty, but are super cool and unique to Kyoto! They are great for eating as a snack, using as a prop in your photos, or bringing home as a souvenir!

The shop has an open storefront and is located just around the corner from Fushimi Inari Station. Stop by and grab a senbei on your way to the shrine!

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