Best Family Friendly Attractions

By Viator, June 2015

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It can be challenging trying to keep everyone happy and entertained when traveling with children. We've put together a few ideas and attractions that will help keep the younger members of the family entertained in Kyoto without boring the socks off Mom and Dad!

Fushimi Inari Shrine

A must-see on any itinerary, kids might enjoy running in the Torii gate 'tunnels' and 'discovering' woodland walks at Kyoto's stunning Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Kyoto Toei Uzumasa Eigamura (Kyoto Studio Park)

Older kids in particular will appreciate visiting this movie park – a working studio with authentic looking film sets including street scenes and actors dressed as samurai warriors. Ninja shows take place during the week and there is also a haunted house, games arcade and indoor rides.

Kyoto City Zoo

Japan’s second oldest zoo has over a thousand animals, a small petting zoo and a popular library.

Kyoto Botanical Gardens and Maruyama Park

The little ones will enjoy haring around the park, see the ducks and fish and generally letting off steam.

Kyoto Garden Museum Hiei

Parents can enjoy the gardens and ceramic copies of French impressionist paintings at this outdoor museum without having to reign in the little ones.

Kyoto Aquarium

Kids will love the fur seals, penguins, dolphins and other marine life at this new Kyoto attraction (2012). You’ll find it in Umekoji Park.

Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

The nearby railway museum has 19 steam trains and offers the chance to ride on one!

Day trips offer more scope for entertainment and children of all ages will enjoy the train ride to your destination – particularly if you travel by bullet train!


Nara Park is a huge green space that contains many of the city’s best attractions. Better still, hundreds of deer roam freely in the park. They are used to people and partial to the odd cracker.


Arashiyama is another good day out for the whole family: take a punt on the river, explore bamboo groves, take in the lush and mountainous scenery and/or the monkey park and have a poke around in the shops.

Tours & Tickets

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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 265 Reviews

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.35

Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 173 Reviews

Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.88

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

4.5 star rating: Recommended 124 Reviews

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.64

Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Stroll through dense bamboo groves to hidden mountain temples and discover centuries of Japanese heritage on this 4-hour Arashiyama and Sagano walking tour. ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.55

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