Fushimi Inari Shrine with kids – all you need to know

Fushimi Inari Shrine with kids – all you need to know

Shrines may not on paper seem like the most family friendly of places but no visit to Kyoto with kids is complete without a visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Let’s be honest – it has to be one of those places near the top of any japan bucket list! So with this in mind we put our little one in her stroller and headed to the beautiful Fushimi Inari shrine but was it family friendly? 

What is Fushimi Inari Shrine?

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In short, Fushimi Inari Taisha is the most beautiful shrine in Japan in my opinion. It has to be on any japan bucket list! It is the head shrine of the Inari. It sits at the base of Mount Inari and thousands of torii gates can be followed up to the summit of the mountain.

Practicalities of visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine with kids?

If you are visiting with children there are things that you might want to consider:

Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in Summer?

  • In the summer Fushimi Inari Taisha gets really hot and humid. You may want to plan your day around the heat to make sure your little ones are as comfortable as possible. Also remember to take plenty of snacks and more importantly water.
  • Can you visit Fushimi Inari Shrine with a stroller?

  • There are lots of steps (you are climbing a mountain through gates) at the shrine. Despite this we had our stroller with us and had no problem getting around (the lower levels of the gates) at least. If you want to go further up, a carrier would be necessary. The other great thing about the shrine is you can climb as much or as little as you like as there are plenty of points where you can turn around
  • Access and How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • There are train and metro stations nearby. Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (not served by rapid trains). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line which was our chosen route.

Why you should visit Fushimi Inari Taisha with kids

Kids can learn about the culture

There are plenty of ways in which children can learn and engage with the local culture at Inari Shrine. From watching and even taking part at the purifying stations to finding the foxes throughout the walk (foxes are said to be messengers of inure).

You learn about tradition


The shrine is very important to the shinto religion and what I loved was seeing the shrine being used by so many people. In particular I loved all the people visiting in the traditional clothes.

There are plenty of places to blow off steam

While all shrines deserve respect, one of the things I loved about visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha is how tolerant people were of children. In between gates near purifying stations, many children would run around chasing and laughing together. Our little one loved joining in and these spaces are a great place to have a bit of respite between walking the gates up the mountain.

Photo opportunities at Fushimi Inari Shrine


If there is one photo any traveller will want in Japan, I think it will have to be in the blood orange torii or gates of the Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Details about visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari-Taisa Shrine
Japan, 〒612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, 68
+81 75-641-7331
No opening or closing hours
Entrance Fee: Free

Have you visited the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine with kids? What are your top tips?

For more ideas about what to do in Kyoto with kids – check out this post!

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17 Comments

  1. February 27, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I never realized how big this shrine was! I love how it winds hither and tither for such a long time! #CityTripping

  2. February 27, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I loved reading this post. I’ve never heard of this temple but it looks beautiful.
    #citytripping

  3. February 27, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Such a beautiful temple. Would love to take out kids to Japan one day! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  4. April 1, 2018 / 1:30 am

    What an amazing experience! #fearlessfamtrav

  5. April 1, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    This is a useful guide – I’m not sure that I would have considered visiting a shrine with my little one! #fearlessfamtrav

  6. April 2, 2018 / 8:32 am

    This is such a beautiful shrine, my favourite in Japan! Really useful information, although I’ve been before I’ve forgotten how to get there and all of the practicalities. I’m glad it’s kid-friendly as we’re planning a Japan trip this winter and this is on our list! #fearlessfamtrav

  7. April 2, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I’d really love to take my children to Japan there looks to be so much to do and this shrine looks a great introduction to the culture. Thanks for hosting #fearlessfamtrav

  8. April 2, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Wow! What an interesting post! I would love to visit Japan and this looks like a great place to go . Glad the kids liked it too

  9. April 3, 2018 / 11:52 am

    This is one place that I’ve wanted to go for awhile. Hopefully some day. #FearlessFamilyTravel

  10. April 4, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    Very helpful post, have just come across your blog and love the practical questions you anticipate for travel with young’uns. Lovely pics too, feeling inspired! #fearlessfamtrav

  11. April 4, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    i’ve seen this Shrine on Instagram a lot, it looks really beautiful and if we go to Japan would most certainly be using your post to plan our trip! #FearlessFamTrav

  12. April 6, 2018 / 11:03 am

    This is definitely on our list the we visit Japan. Have seen so many photographs of this shrine #fearlessfamtrav

  13. April 6, 2018 / 11:19 am

    So many gates! I didn’t know that foxes were messengers, I wonder if the ones that live in our road are too? Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

  14. I would think littles would love those bright orange temple tunnels and the energy and colors! Great tips – would love to take my (not-s0) littles here one day! #CulturedKids

  15. April 7, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    What a beautiful place. I would love to take the boys somewhere like this in the future. Great post and pictures 🙂 #fearlessfamtrav

  16. April 10, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Such a beautiful shrine! You guys have really put Japan on our wish list. Will be referring back to this when we finally make it there.
    #fearlessfamtrav

  17. April 16, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    I love the colourful photos. it looks like such a beautiful place. #CulturedKids

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