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Things to Do With Kids in Kyoto

By Viator, December 2017

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Travelers flock to Kyoto for its historic temples and cherry blossoms. But it also offers plenty of options for little ones. Here are some kid-friendly attractions and walking tours you won’t want to miss while visiting the old Japanese capital.

Highlights
  • Take a day trip to Nara, where you can visit the famous deer park, or imagine the samurai at Nijo-jo Castle, an Edo-era fortress that looks straight out of the pages of a children’s book.
  • Visit the Kyoto Zoo, the second oldest animal park in Japan, home to a petting zoo and more than a thousand creatures in total.
  • Book a small-group walking tour, which allows for a more intimate experience at sights like Fushimi Inari Shrine and can be personalized for younger travelers.
  • Marvel at the wide variety of food items for sale at the Nishiki Market, a bustling hub of commerce in the city center.
  • Take a train-themed visit to Kyoto Railway Museum, an institution that lets you explore 19 vintage steam trains and even ride one. Then head to Kyoto Station to observe the steam-train’s modern successor, the bullet train, in action.
  • Hike amidst the bamboo groves of nearby Arashiyama, with a stop at the nearby monkey park.
  • Visit Kyoto Studio Park, a working film studio that offers film sets, a haunted house, arcades, and various rides.
  • Observe aquatic wildlife at Kyoto Aquarium, where you can see frolicking dolphins, penguins, seals, and more.

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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kyoto, null
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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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 $138.51
Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour

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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 $60.60
Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto, Kyoto, Walking Tours
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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

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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 $70.18
Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Arashiyama and Sagano Morning Walking Tour

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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 $82.18

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