Shrines may not on paper seem like the most family friendly of places but no visit to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. 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?
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
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
Details about visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari-Taisa Shrine
Japan, 〒612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, 68
No opening or closing hours
Entrance Fee: Free
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