May. 11, 2017 UPDATE
A complete guide to Fushimi Inari Shrine
Part 4

Get some cute souvenirs and eat some great food and snacks by Fushimi Inari Shrine

After going to Fushimi Inari Shrine, some of you may have gotten a bit tired and want to take a break. There are many shops and food stalls on the street going up to the shrine. Many of the shops around the shrine have been in business for hundreds of years so there is a kind of nostalgic feeling around the area. Look below for the shops and restaurants we think are worth a visit:
Nezameya
Nezameya
This place, Nezameya, is maybe the most famous restaurant in the area. This restaurant has a history of over 500 years, and the name is said to have been given to the restaurant by the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself.
grilled quail and sparrow
Their most famous menu items are grilled quail and sparrow, which are said to be eaten because Fushimi Inari Shrine enshrines the god of rice, and eating these birds was a form of pest control. They are also famous for their inarizushi, a pouch of abura-age, or fried tofu filled with sushi rice, but their eel rice bowl topped, of course, with fatty eel is also a delicacy.
Inafuku
Inafuku
This restaurant is famous for the grilled quail and sparrow that are grilled in front of the restaurant. These birds are grilled whole, and the historic reason for this is said to be the aforementioned bird control.
grilled quail and sparrow
Because the birds are grilled whole they may look not very appetizing, but the taste is surprisingly good. I hope you have the courage to try a grilled bird at least once!
Hogyokudo
Hogyokudo
Cookies shaped like the face of a fox are a popular Fushimi Inari souvenir. Here at Hogyokudo, the cookies are baked one by one, all by hand; the cookies are made using white miso and you will get the gentle taste of white miso from the first bite.
cookies
The shopkeeper is really polite, so when you go to Fushimi Inari Shrine I hope you will also get some cookies.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is, of course, the main attraction around this area, but there are many interesting shops around it too, many of which sell unique items like fox cookies.

This feature article was about the most popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and after reading this I hope you will get more out of your visit to the shrine, which although sometimes crowded, is a place that cannot be left out of your Kyoto itinerary.
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