Things to Do With Kids in Kyoto

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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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