Updated: February 19, 2018
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Must-try Restaurants and Cafes around Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

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, but it is also famous for its Inari foxes. As you walk through the shrine's premises, you will see many statues of foxes. These foxes are known as the messangers of the god of Inari (rice), and their favorite food is known to be Abura-age, which is fried tofu. Later on, people came up with a sushi that uses Abura-age, and since it was the foxes' favorite, they named it Inari sushi, which you will see a photograph in the next section!
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A statue of a fox.

Nezameya (祢ざめ家)

Inari Sushi is one of the popular Japanese dishes in Japan. If you go to a sushi restaurant you will see Inari sushi on their menu. Since it is a very popular dish especially around the Inari Shrine, it is definitely worth a try!
This place, Nezameya, is around a 2-minute walk from JR Inari station. It was established 450 years ago. It is very popular among tourists, so if you are planning to have a lunch here, you might want to go early. You should also try their soba too!

Akichi (懐石カフェ 蛙吉)

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If you are looking for a traditional but a little modern food experience in Kyoto - try this place out! Akichi, located at a minute distance by walk 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)

This place is famous for their wild yam cuisine! Just around a 6-minute walk from Inari station, this place is a hidden restaurant located 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 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 is their fixed closed days, and words written in red on the other days are the irregular closed days. A sentence written means they are open but full, or already booked and not available to public. The link for the calendar is posted below, so click the red button below!

Their dinner is only available by reservations.

Vegans Cafe & Restaurants

Vegans Cafe & Restaurants serves vegan dishes as well as organic food! If you are looking for a healthy food, try this place. They are also very caring about food allergies, so you can enjoy their food fully. If you would like to try their oriental vegetarian menu, reservation is required. They have so many different dishes, makes you want to try them all! Around an 8 minute walk from Fujimori station.

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 latte both hot and iced, which is beyond perfect on a sunny day and rainy day! They also have coffees too, so if you want to take a break from walking, make sure to stop by. They also have Vermillion Cafe, so if you are looking for a cafe around Fushimi Inari Shrine, check their cafe too!
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