Uncover 10 of the best attractions in Kyoto with kids, from themed Edo-period museums to Samurai experiences and breathtaking temple complexes – this is one city that will forever steal your hearts.
After our first visit, Kyoto has become one of our favourite cities in the world – combining history, culture, to-die-for-food, and, of course, amazingly friendly locals.
We’ve compiled this handy guide for your Japan family holiday so that you can determine which places are best suited for your travels. The main attraction in Kyoto is, obviously, all the stunning temples. From Kinkakuji to the Inari Shrine, you’ll spend a good few days just exploring all the temple complexes in the city. We also visited the Kyoto Railway Museum (see link below for our insider guide) which was an absolute hit with our kids, rented a bicycle and rode to Arashiyama to see the Monkey Park and bamboo grove which was the number one Kyoto highlight for us. The best way of getting around in Japan with kids is to rent a bicycle, as most rental shops offer child seats that come with the bikes. It makes getting around so much more pleasant and less strenuous.
But, by all means, don’t forget to roam through Kyoto Station – hands down, one of the best train stations we have ever seen. Packed with eateries, shops, activities and viewing platforms – we spent a good 3 hours exploring this gigantic station.
Kyoto, undoubtedly, needs to be on the itinerary for your Japan family vacation. Even when you and the kids have had enough of temples, there’s so many other sights and activities to experience that the whole family will enjoy.
So, if you’re visiting Japan with kids, try and squeeze some of these attractions in (if not, all) – the only regret we had was not booking a longer holiday to see, eat and do more.