A recommended spot a little away from the center of Kyoto is Fushimi. There are famous places such as sake breweries as well as well-known cherry blossom sites. Because there are few people compared to the central area, it is a good area to go around with children. If you are interested in visiting sake breweries, visiting without kids can be fun.
Reason 1: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi is home to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its red torii tunnel. It is also ranked Number 1 in Japanese tourist spots chosen by foreigners. Senbon Torii of Fushimi Inari Shrine has appeared in Hollywood movies. This is one of the special places that can’t be seen anywhere else.
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Reason 2: Japanese Sake Breweries
In Fushimi, there are many sake breweries because of the rich groundwater. It is also famous as one of Japan’s leading sake destinations. There are both large and small breweries. If you like sake, please visit the sake breweries. If you would like to visit the sake breweries, you can leave your children at Kyoto with Kids Club or use Kyoto with Kids Babysitting and enjoy your time as adults only.
Reason 3: Ryoma Sakamoto, One of the Founders of Modern Japan
Ryoma Sakamoto, a lord of the Edo period, is very famous and popular in Japan. He was involved in the Meiji Restoration and was one of the founders of modern Japan. Fushimi is also famous for Teradaya, where Sakamoto once settled down. Many things related to Sakamoto are on display. If you like the modern history of Japan, this is a spot you should visit.
Reason 4: Fushimi Momoyama Castle
Hideyoshi Toyotomi was a Japanese warlord. Fushimi Momoyama Castle was built as a residence for retirement after he unified Japan. Currently, it is maintained as Fushimi Momoyama Castle Park and is a place where locals can relax.
Reason 5: Lake Biwa Canal
Lake Biwa Canal is famous as a cherry blossom spot. Because it is a bit far from Kyoto City center, it is not so crowded and is a recommended spot. You can enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms at a more leisurely pace. It is also a good course to take a walk with your children. If you come to Kyoto in April, we recommend this spot.
Reason 6: Hydrangeas of Fujinomori Shrine
Fujinomori Shrine is famous for hydrangeas. Around 3,500 hydrangeas, of about 40 varieties, bloom each year around June. Children will be excited at the vivid colors of the flowers and the sort of hydrangea maze you walk through. Purple and blue hydrangeas are very beautiful.
For a Leisurely Day with Children, Visit Fushimi in Kyoto
Fushimi in Kyoto has many places to go with your children. Because it is a bit far from the center of Kyoto, it is good to take your time looking around if you go. This is a recommended place for those who want to enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto but want to enjoy the scenery without feeling like they are in a hurry.
How to access Fushimi
From Kyoto Station: take the Kintetsu Kyoto Line from Kyoto Station and get off at Fushimi Station. *Ride time is about 10 minutes.