Fushimi-ku, Kyoto

Ward of Kyoto

Fushimi Momoyama Castle

Location of Fushimi in Kyoto

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 34°56′10″N 135°45′41″E / 34.93611°N 135.76139°E / 34.93611; 135.76139Coordinates: 34°56′10″N 135°45′41″E / 34.93611°N 135.76139°E / 34.93611; 135.76139
Country Japan
Region Kinki (Kansai)
Prefecture Kyoto
Founded 1931
  Total 61.66 km2 (23.81 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2015)
  Total 280,655
  Density 4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 681 Higashigumi-chō, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Website www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/fushimi/

Fushimi (伏見区 Fushimi-ku) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Famous places in Fushimi include the Fushimi Inari Shrine, with thousands of torii lining the paths up and down a mountain; Fushimi Castle, originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, with its rebuilt towers and gold-lined tea-room; and the Teradaya, an inn at which Sakamoto Ryōma was attacked and injured about a year before his assassination. Also of note is the Gokōgu shrine, which houses a stone used in the construction of Fushimi Castle. The water in the shrine is particularly famous and it is recorded as one of Japan's 100 best clear water spots.

A sightseeing boat in Fushimi Horikawa Canal

Although written with different characters now, the name Fushimi (which used to be its own "town") originally comes from fusu + mizu, meaning "hidden water" or "underground water". In other words, the location was known for good spring water. The water of Fushimi has particularly soft characteristics, making it an essential component to the particular type of sake brewed in Fushimi. This also explains why the area developed as a sake-brewing center in Kyoto. Today, Fushimi is the second greatest area of Japan in terms of sake production,[1] and is where the sake company Gekkeikan was founded.[2]


Historical population
1940 92,714    
1950 105,437+13.7%
1960 135,293+28.3%
1970 190,569+40.9%
1980 257,156+34.9%
1990 280,276+9.0%
2000 287,909+2.7%
2010 284,085−1.3%
2015 280,655−1.2%


The following companies have their headquarters in Fushimi:


Ryukoku University, Kyoto University of Education, and Shuchiin University are based in the area.

The ward has a North Korean school, Kyoto Korean Elementary School (京都朝鮮初級学校).[8]


Famous People


  1. Kansai Window - "Japan's number one sake production", retrieved January 24, 2007
  2. Gekkeikan (English)
  3. "Corporate Summary". Kyocera. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  4. "Outline". Murata Machinery. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  5. "Corporate Outline". Gekkeikan. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. "黄桜株式会社(キザクラ・KIZAKURA)". Kizakura co.,ltd. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  7. "SHOUTOKU SHUZO Co.,Ltd.". Shoutoku. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  8. "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 12/4/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.