Best Family Friendly Attractions
By Viator, June 2013
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.
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.
Check out these Nara tours starting and ending in Kyoto.
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.
Contributed by Emma McMahon