Enjoy the beauty of Fushimi from a boat on a Fushimi Jikkokubune Boat Cruise
Fushimi’s flat-bottomed jikkokubune boats started carrying freight and passengers between Kyoto’s Fushimi and Osaka in the Edo period, and these boats kept going between these two cities until late Meiji period. Now the boat line runs from spring to autumn and lets tourists see the sake breweries and the beautiful scenery from the seats of a jikkokubune. In spring you get to see cherry blossoms, in summer the green leaves, and in autumn the autumn leaves, so the boat cruise offers you something different every season. When you come to Fushimi in Kyoto, I hope you will not only go to the sake breweries but will also take the Jikkokubune boat ride!
Incredible river scenery
As you go along the canal can enjoy the greenery on both sides of the river. In spring you get to see the cherry blossoms, summer the new green leaves, and in autumn the leaves turning red and yellow, so the scenery is beautiful all year round.
Mito Komon lock gates
During the repairs of the Uji River in 1929, these lock gates were built to reorganize the boat lines between the Fushimi harbor and the Uji River. Now these lock gates are a landmark in Fushimi, but they also serve as a way to let the boats cross the non-level land here, and also to control the water level of the river.
Enjoy Fushimi both on and off the boat
It’s great how you get to see many nice sights just by sitting on the boat, like the Geikkeikan brewery, the famous but also infamous inn of Terada-ya, and also the place where Biwako Canal and Takase Canal join paths. The captain of the ship only speaks Japanese, but the beauty of the river will more than make up for it, and your finger is sure to keep pressing that shutter button!
Mito Komon Museum
The old control room of the lock gates is now a museum, and inside it, you can learn a lot about both the lock gates and the canals. You also get to see a model of the Fushimi area of the Edo period, so you can take a short trip back in time at this museum. Although the museum is not big, you get to learn a lot about the history of the area at it.
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After seeing the Mito Komon Museum, you could walk on top of the lock gates, and enjoy the beautiful view you get of the Uji River.
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Fushimi Jikkokubune Boat Cruise / 伏見十石舟
|Address||701 Motozaimoku-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||A 5-minute walk from Keihan Chushojima Station or a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Momoyamagoryo-mae Station.|
|Open Hours||In 2018: March 24 to December 2 10:00 a.m.-4:20 p.m. (16 cruises a day) After November 27, 10:00 a.m.-3:40 p.m. (14 cruises a day). *Note that the cruise schedule is different in August.|
|Reservations||Accepted by telephone.|
|Closed||Mondays except if Monday is a national holiday. Boat cruises will be held every day of the week in April, May, October, and November.|
Adults and middle school students and up: ￥1200 (Including tax) for a 55-minute boat ride. Elementary school students: ￥600 (Including tax) Children not yet in elementary school: ￥300 (Including tax)
|Credit cards||Not accepted.|
They may not be able to speak English, but the scenery more than makes up for it!