Where and What to Eat Around Fushimi Inari Shrine
If you are visiting Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine is a must-visit attraction. Aside from its magnificent history and structure, you will definitely enjoy a food trip around the shrine.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Southern Kyoto, Japan known for its over 10,000 vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
If you are around the area, you will never get hungry as there are so many delectable Japanese dishes you may enjoy. Here are some of the best eats around Fushimi Inari Shrine and where to find them:
1. Udon noodles at Kendoya
Kendoya is popular for its hand-kneaded udon noodles made from their own flour. Their udon noodles are chewy while the broth is light but has a strong flavor. Try out the kitsune udon (udon with deep-fried tofu pouch).
2. Grilled sparrow at Inafuku
Sparrow is a local delicacy of Fushimi Inari. At Oshokujidokoro Inafuku, you can try out some grilled sparrows on sticks. The meat is tiny, but the bone is tender enough to be eaten. You may also try their grilled quail.
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3. Amazake at Fushimi Inari Shrine-Chaya
Fushimi Inari Shrine-Chaya is a traditional tea house but has a modern Japanese ambiance. We highly recommend especially foreign tourists, to try their amazake here on an open terrace.
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4. Matcha-flavored drinks at Nishimura Tei
After passing through the thousands of torii gates, Nishimura Tei serves as rest quarters for climbers of Inariyama. This café has been in the business for about 150 years. Their specialty is matcha-flavored drinks like matcha warabimochi. They also serve kitsune udon and inari sushi.
5. Fox-shaped cookies at Sohonke Sogyoku-do
The fox is an image that represents Fushimi Inari Shrine. At Sohonke Sogyoku-do, you can get their fox-shaped cookies that are baked using old cooking methods.
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6. Soft-serve ice cream
At the Yotsutji crossroad, you get a good view of the city, making your climb even more worthwhile. There’s a restaurant here that offers drinks, snacks, and soft serve. Be sure to get the soft-serve ice cream while enjoying the view.
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