Traveling to Kyoto with kids? Kyoto, although it has tons of museums and parks, isn’t the first place that comes into in mind when people mention of family-friendly destinations in Japan. With its elaborate shrines, geishas and surreal bamboo forest, Japan’s ancient capital mainly beckons backpackers, photography enthusiasts and young adult travelers. But, guess what?  There are plenty of fun and exciting to do in Kyoto with kids.From theme parks to science museums, the options for activities in Kyoto with kids are simply numerous.

Whether you’re traveling in Kyoto with teenagers, small kids or toddlers, you’ll love every bit of information in this family-oriented travel guide.

 

1. Experience Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum 

Samurai Ninja Museum

This is the best rated children’s’ museum in Kyoto!!! The ninjas and samurais are wondrous symbols of Japan’s romantic past. Intriguing and fascinating, these influential martial art figures have left a mark in both Western and Easter cultures. So, it’s natural and a no-brainer for any Kyoto visitor to capture the beauty and mythic magic that lingers from these ancient warriors. This place is a next to Nishiki Food Market which makes it a good combo for families with kids.

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As you explore the museum, you’ll get to see an array of authentic artifacts from Edo and Muromachi periods, including armors and words.

Furthermore, you may take a free or guided tour in English of the museum, or wear ninja or Samurai clothes. And, did we mention that you can join in ninja throwing star or swordsmanship lessons?

Find out what makes the katana in Japan unique from blades in the West, and participate in a yukata dressing class or tea ceremony. Just don’t forget to have a swell time experiencing old Japan in this welcoming, fun and highly interactive environment.

Location and reviews of Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum

  • Location: Japan, 〒604-8043 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Higashidaimonjicho, 292 寺町詩の小路 2F
  • Opening times: 10:30 AM to 08:00 PM daily
  • Admission fee: JPY 2,500

 

2. Visit Iwatayama Monkey Park

Iwatayama Monkey Park

Every region in Japan is home to unique and wondrous local wildlife, and Kyoto is no exception. As a matter of fact, it’s arguably one of the largest cities in Japan where the native wildlife and people live harmoniously together.

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Here, people often see herons, lesser and great egrets, snakes, deer as well as capybara hiding in the tall grass of the city’s rivers. Even better, you may get an up close look of the wild macaques in Kyoto at the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Nestled in the Arashiyama region, this park is also renowned for its lush bamboo corridors. Once you’ve completed the short hike up the mountain, you’ll find yourself standing in a small park that overlooks the city. And, you’ll have tons of opportunities to feed the friendly monkeys within a well-designed enclosure.

Just keep in mind, though, that they are still wild creatures, even though these moneys are used to interacting with humans.

Guests are all advised to avoid eye contact with the macaques as well as to be extra cautious as they interact with them.

Nevertheless, it’s truly a fantastic experience when traveling in Kyoto with kids.

Location and reviews of Iwatayama Monkey Park

  • Location: Japan, 〒616-0004 Kyoto, Nishikyo Ward, Arashiyama Nakaoshitacho,
  • Opening times: 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM  from March 15 to September 30. 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM from October 1 to March 14
  • Admission fee: JPY 550

3. Join the kid-friendly kimono + tea ceremony

Japan with kids kimono

Tea ceremony is a MUST-DO for all Kyoto visitors but parents worry abut kids’ being quiet for the whole time. There is a venue that specializes in family tea ceremony where you can wear traditional kimono and join tea ceremony that is educational and fun for the whole family. Kids will have a memorable cultural experience and your family kimono photo will be your best souvenir.

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Japanese tea ceremony is a centuries-old tradition celebrated all around the world. It was a secret meeting opportunity for the samurai and considered as a Japanese art form. A typical tea ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and requires absolute silence which may not be suitable for all kids. This tea ceremony teaches kids kids the importance of focus, turn taking and relating to others. So the process is simplified for families, to help families who are visiting Japan to enjoy this timeless experiences.

Admission is 3800 JPY per person after the discount and you need to have at least 3 family members to reserve for the activity.

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