Before going to Fushimi Inari Shrine with a kid, you need to plan carefully your transportation and accommodation. We came from Tokyo and traveled to Osaka. We chose to stay at an AIRBNB house near Dotonbori and just set a day for Kyoto tour and another one for Nara Tour.
From TOKYO/OSAKA to KYOTO
From Tokyo, you need to ride a bus or train to reach Kyoto within 6-10 hours for only P800 to P4000. Through bullet train, the travel time is only 3-4 hrs but you have to spend more than P4000 for its ticket. From Osaka, the fastest and efficient way to go to Kyoto is via train.
If you are coming from Umeda or Shin Osaka, hop on the orange (JR Kyoto Line) or red line (JR Shinkansen) then alight at Kyoto station to reach the old city. Going directly to Fushimi Inari Shrine, it is just a station away from Kyoto Station, the JR Inari Station. The most comfortable way for visitors of Fushimi Inari Shrine with a kid is the rail.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
At the entrance, the big Romon Gate will welcome the visitors who want to pay respect at the main hall behind. Don’t forget to give small offering or prayer to their deity. You’ll see statues of dogs in every corner because Inari is the Shinto God of Rice and is associated with foxes or dogs. Do you know that “Inu” in Japanese means “dog”?
At the back of the main hall is the entrance to the trail of Mt. Inari where you’ll see thousands of Torii. If you are wondering about the Japanese characters written in each torii, these are names of individuals or companies who gave donations to the shrine.
Since we have a kid, we opted to stop at the middle of the trail and not reach the summit. But if you want to complete the trail, it will take 2-3 hrs of walking.
Down the shrine, a line of street food kiosks will greet hungry hikers. Souvenir shops can also be found in this area.
Are you planning to visit Japan? Our travel tips might help you. We have traveled to Tokyo and Nagoya in 5 days, click this link to see our itinerary.