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Kwakaku
By Kwakaku
Another Bakumatsu Pilgrimage in Fushimi
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2018
Toba-Fushimi Battle was the end of a series of epoch-making struggles in Kyoto. The struggles had started with Terada-ya Inn incident. Terada-ya was a port-town inn along Goh-kawa Canal in Fushimi. In the incident, moderate royalists assassinated radical royalists. History repeats itself. The less 2 sects have in common; the more fiercely they fight each other. Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the biggest historical characters at Bakumatsu, the end of Tokugawa Shogunate, narrowly escaped from the assassination. We walked west to Fushimi Port Park, which was made reclaiming most of the port. The park has a model wharf, and a model "ju-koku bune" (a boat with a carrying capacity of 10 bales of rice). Walking north for a while, we got to the confluence of Takase-gawa Canal and Goh-kawa Canal. If you sail up the former canal, you can get to the center of Kyoto. At the end of the canal, you will even find Omi-ya, where Ryoma was finally assassinated a year and 10 months after the Terada-ya Inn incident. If you sail east along the latter, you get in front of Terada-ya. Those used to be one of his hideouts. Terada-ya is still run as ryokan, a Japanese style hostel. Actually, my mother in-law once stayed there. When my younger daughter had heard about that, she had exclaimed, "Ii-nah!" (How fancy it is!) Goh-kawa Canal runs east-west in front of Terada-ya. From just around the corner from the inn, a tiny street runs north-south, whose nickname is Ryoma-dori Street. Against our expectations, it was not so busy. Souvenir shops were not so dense, and sightseers were scarce. We kept walking toward the eastern hills, one of whose tops used to have Fushimi Castle, to find the Fushimi Bugyosho site. We walked eastward along Ohte-suji Shopping Mall, and crossed the Keihan Line by Fushimi-Momoyama Station. The mall was busy with the New Year's sale, and the station was surrounded with cram schools. The streets were jammed with cars to pick up and drop off young pupils. Once Prime Minister Chatchai in Thailand put forward the famous slogan to "convert Indochina from the battle field to the market." Are we pioneers of the idea? Or are we just raising another type of warrior? "Yonohito-wa ware-wo nani-tomo yuwa-ba ie. Waga nasu koto-wa ware nomizo shiru." (Sakamoto Ryoma) Whatever may others say of me. It's only I myself who knows where I go. I wonder if we know where we are going.

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Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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Kwakaku
Sakai, Japan2,192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
Toba-Fushimi Battle was the end of a series of epoch-making struggles in Kyoto. The struggles had started with Terada-ya Inn incident. Terada-ya was a port-town inn along Goh-kawa Canal in Fushimi. In the incident, moderate royalists assassinated radical royalists. History repeats itself. The less 2 sects have in common; the more fiercely they fight each other. Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the biggest historical characters at Bakumatsu, the end of Tokugawa Shogunate, narrowly escaped from the assassination.
We walked west to Fushimi Port Park, which was made reclaiming most of the port. The park has a model wharf, and a model "ju-koku bune" (a boat with a carrying capacity of 10 bales of rice). Walking north for a while, we got to the confluence of Takase-gawa Canal and Goh-kawa Canal. If you sail up the former canal, you can get to the center of Kyoto. At the end of the canal, you will even find Omi-ya, where Ryoma was finally assassinated a year and 10 months after the Terada-ya Inn incident. If you sail east along the latter, you get in front of Terada-ya. Those used to be one of his hideouts.
Terada-ya is still run as ryokan, a Japanese style hostel. Actually, my mother in-law once stayed there. When my younger daughter had heard about that, she had exclaimed, "Ii-nah!" (How fancy it is!)
Goh-kawa Canal runs east-west in front of Terada-ya. From just around the corner from the inn, a tiny street runs north-south, whose nickname is Ryoma-dori Street. Against our expectations, it was not so busy. Souvenir shops were not so dense, and sightseers were scarce.
We kept walking toward the eastern hills, one of whose tops used to have Fushimi Castle, to find the Fushimi Bugyosho site.
We walked eastward along Ohte-suji Shopping Mall, and crossed the Keihan Line by Fushimi-Momoyama Station. The mall was busy with the New Year's sale, and the station was surrounded with cram schools. The streets were jammed with cars to pick up and drop off young pupils.
Once Prime Minister Chatchai in Thailand put forward the famous slogan to "convert Indochina from the battle field to the market." Are we pioneers of the idea? Or are we just raising another type of warrior?

"Yonohito-wa ware-wo nani-tomo yuwa-ba ie.
Waga nasu koto-wa ware nomizo shiru."
(Sakamoto Ryoma)
Whatever may others say of me.
It's only I myself who knows where I go.

I wonder if we know where we are going.
Written 5 January 2018
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ChesireCats
Langkawi, Malaysia297 contributions
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I was here last March during our short trip to Fushimi, Kyoto. Overall it was a good place blended with the old Japanese charm. This is the place where the famous Teradaya Incident occured (The fighting between the loyal goverment and a bunch of samurai). A must visit if you here. Take advantage to visit the Kizakura Kappa Sake Museum too located nearby.
Written 29 November 2012
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,204 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
Teradaya is a historical inn, where Ryoma Sakamoto was attacked and injured. If you are interested in Japanese history, the visit of this place should be interesting. But the building is not the original.
Written 24 August 2016
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
The museum is not easy to find. However, it is worth the visit. From outside, it looks as if the museum is closed, but before you leave check whether the door is open.

The museum is full of pictures and memorials. A must-do if you are interested in Ryoma's life.
Written 3 January 2016
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
Teradaya is famous for the incident when Sakamoto Ryoma fought bakufu loyalists who wanted to arrest him. For those who are interested, Sakamoto Ryoma was a samurai with a vision for a new Japan, modernized and powerful. To achieve his goal he approached two powerful clans and talked them into creating an alliance against the shogunate. Eventually that led to the Meiji Restoration, but meanwhile shogunate supporters went to Teradaya to arrest Ryoma where he stayed during his visit to Kyoto. A servant girl, who was taking a bath at the time, heard them arrive, jumped out of the bathtub completely naked, and ran to Ryoma's room to warn him. (What women would do to get married! Ryoma married her later). Ryoma shot a few loyalists with his revolver but was wounded in the fight and barely managed to flee. That's for those who are interested. For those who are not - Ryoma was just a nice guy. So Teradaya is essentially a museum dedicated to that particular event and to Ryoma. Also it's a well-preserved 150-year old building, with sense of time and history. It looks like an old inn and bears the marks of the Teradaya incident. There's even a bathtub there. And finally the staff say one can make a reservation for a night stay in one of the rooms. What a treat for a history buff!
Written 24 October 2013
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jaraket
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I have a great admiration for Sakamoto Ryoma, so I really wanted to visit Teradaya when we visited Kyoto. The house is well preserved and the staff are friendly and warm. It is a beautiful building and it felt good to be there. If you love Japanese history, this is a great place to visit and see where one of the great figures of modern Japan sadly met his end. There are some great pieces of memorabilia there as well.

Getting to Teradaya takes a bit of work. We took a train and then a taxi. There is a place across the road that sells delicious cakes and pastries and there are a few awesome craft stores there as well.
Written 24 April 2015
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