There are plenty of spots around Kyoto that even children can enjoy. Here we introduce you to a selection of places you can enjoy along with your kids.
Spots for Kids
The Kyoto City Zoo
Opened in 1903, the Kyoto Zoo is Japan’s second zoo ever opened. Junior high school students and younger can enter free of charge.
The Kyoto Aquarium is located in central Kyoto, not far from Kyoto Station. Most of the museum’s facilities are indoors, so you can spend your time there comfortably even on rainy days. The café has a menu with options for children, OR you can even bring your own bento box lunch. The aquarium has a nursing room which is equipped with a hot water sink.
The Railway Museum
A popular spot since its opening in April 2016. The museum is full of facilities great for families with infants and toddlers. The nursing room is equipped with a milk heater and changing table. You will also find rental baby carriages, and even a kid’s park where you can spend a relaxing time playing with your children.
Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eigamura)
The Kyoto Studio Park is an open set reproducing an Edo Period cityscape, making it a great photo spot. You can even experience wearing the costumes of ninja, samurai, warring period warlords, and more.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
This is Japan's first museum devoted entirely to manga. It offers a stunning array of materials with everything from 19th-century Japanese magazines and books to popular contemporary works from Japan and abroad. The museum houses roughly 300,000 manga and manga-related materials including survey research. Special exhibitions are also held here. In addition, the museum serves as a library. Visitors may also want to stop by the museum shop and cafe.
Kyoto Botanical Gardens
At the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, you can see a variety of plants year-round. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic: You can lay out your picnic blanket and spend a relaxing time enjoying each season with cherry blossoms, sunflowers, and autumn leaves.
On the Eastern edge of Takaragaike Park, you will find an area called Kodomo no Rakuen (Children’s Paradise) where you can enjoy many new experiences and ways of playing. The park is equipped with a nursing room.
Maruyama Park, Kyoto’s most famous and oldest park, is well known for its beautiful weeping cherry tree. Nearby, you will find the Kamogawa River, many souvenir shops and shopping centers, so its enjoyable for the entire family.
There is an open field, an area for children to play in the water, as well as a playground where children of any age can enjoy.
Okazaki Park is well known for its beautiful cherry blossoms and fall leaves, as well as its rich plethora of cultural facilities including the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, the Kyoto Prefectural Library, the city zoo, and Heian-jingu Shrine.
Fushimi Minato Park
This area is well known for its cherry blossoms. There is a walking course, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as an open space with grass.
Arashiyama Monkey Park
At an altitude of 160 meters on the hillside of Mt. Iwata, 120 Japanese monkeys live in their monkey paradise. You can see them in their natural condition up close and you can even feed them.
Demachiyanagi Turtle Stepping Stones
At the junction of the Kamogawa and Takanogawa Rivers, you will find stepping stones in a few places. Because the river in the area is shallow, in summertime many parents bring their children to play in the water.
Kyoto is often thought of as a city for adults, but there are programs that families with children can enjoy. Some programs are fun for children, while others are childcare programs that can be attended by children only and allow adults to enjoy their free time. Please enjoy a memorable trip to Kyoto with your family!
- Kyoto with Kids Family Quest
Spark your child’s and your curiosity through our quest with our local quest partner. You can experience “Real Kyoto” not found in the guidebooks.
Kyoto with Kids Family Quest Website
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