20 of the Best Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids 20 of the Best Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids

20 of the Best Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids


2019.07.26

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

20 of the Best Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids

Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. If you’re traveling with children, then the city has plenty of attractions to keep the kids happy.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to showcase the best things to do in Kyoto for the whole family.

  • 01

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium is fun in any weather and kids will love the assortment of sea life, including cape penguins, seals, and dolphins.

    Once you’re inside, find out what the feeding times are so that you can watch the animals when they're the most active. After that, decide on which dolphin performance you'll be attending. If you haven't seen a dolphin do a filp before, this will be a real treat.

    Opening Hours:
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day

    Admission Fee:
    2,050 yen for adults
    1,000 yen for junior high and elementary school students
    600 yen for children 3 and up

  • 02

    Kyoto Aquarium ー Summer Special Event : BASSHAAAAN!!

    BASSHAAAAN!!

    BASSHAAAAN!!

    BASSHAAAAN!!

    BASSHAAAAN!!

    Kyoto Aquarium has a come out with a new summer event "BASSHAAAN". This word is a Japanese onomatopoeia meant to emulate the sounds of splashing and crashing water.

    This summer event takes place at the aquarium’s Dolphin Stadium where children are invited to approach the pool during the show. Getting soaked by the “water curtain” and by the dolphins will be a refreshing experience. Just be sure to bring them a change of clothes.

    The event is free with an aquarium ticket, but check the homepage for times, as they change daily.

    Event Period:
    From mid-July to September

    Admission Fee:
    Free with park ticket

  • 03

    Kyoto Aquarium ー Night-time Aquarium

    Night-time Aquarium

    Night-time Aquarium

    Night-time Aquarium

    Night-time Aquarium

    The Night-time Aquarium is a special event that takes place at different times every year. This year, it will continue until December of 2019.

    Take a magical family stroll through the aquarium during extended evening hours. Receive a personal lantern to see the water tanks and enclosures lit up making for a beautiful time.

    If that wasn't enough, attend the nighttime Dolphin Stadium. It will most assuredly put a smile on everyone's face. The event price is included with an aquarium ticket.

    Nighttime Aquarium

    Nighttime Aquarium

    Event Hours:
    5 p.m.-8 p.m. from July to December (Irregular)

    Admission Fee:
    Free with parking ticket

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    phone
    0753543130
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    【URL】https://www.kyoto-aquarium.com/en/
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  • 04

    Kyoto Railway Museum

    Kyoto Railway Museum

    Kyoto Railway Museum

    Kyoto Railway Museum

    Kyoto Railway Museum

    Everyone loves a good choo-choo train. At the Kyoto Railway Museum, you can ride in an actual steam locomotive. There’s even a train conductor simulator where you can practice driving to become a pro.

    Add that to all the cool trains and exhibits across the museum’s facilities, and it’s a great day out. The Railway Museum is within easy walking distance of the Kyoto Aquarium.

    Opening Hours:
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Closed Wednesdays

    Admission Fee:
    1,200 yen for adults
    500 yen for junior high and elementary school students
    200 yen for children 3 and up

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    0570080462
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    【URL】http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/en/
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  • 05

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    The Kyoto International Manga Museum is the largest manga museum in Japan, with around 300,000 volumes in its collection.

    Inside you’ll find exhibits featuring works from the Meiji and Postwar era of Japan, as well as current and international works. At the Manga Wall, you can borrow any one of their 50,000 volumes, and go out to the lawn and lie down for a read.

    Opening Hours:
    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Closed Wednesdays

    Admission Fee:
    800 yen for adults
    300 yen for high school and junior high students
    100 yen for elementary school students

  • 06

    Play in the Kamogawa Delta

    Kamogawa Delta

    Kamogawa Delta

    Kamogawa Delta

    Kamogawa Delta

    The delta for the Kamo River is close to Shimogamo Shrine. It has stepping stones for crossing the river, making it a great spot for the family.

    Aside from the stepping stones, the delta has excellent scenery comprised of grassy banks and tranquil trees. It's perfect for a little relaxation. If you’re visiting during the summer, then you can dip your feet in the river to escape the heat.

    Kamogawa delta
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamomiyakawachou
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  • 07

    Rent a Kimono with the Kids

    Kimono for children (Image)

    Kimono for children (Image)

    Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei

    Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei

    Kyoto is the ideal environment to rent a kimono, and luckily enough, many rental shops have options for children.

    You can dress the whole family for a very Japanese style day out. The online service "Voyagin" offers rental plans for the shop "Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei". This shop will set you up with everything you need. They'll even help you put on your stylish outfit. It’s close by Kiyomizu-dera and other temples too, so you can snap the ultimate vacation picture.

    Popular tours: Experience Rental Kimono and Yukata in Kyoto (Voyagin)

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    京都府京都市東山区祇園町北側317 ソニアビル3F
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    0755311890
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    【URL】http://kimono-rei.jp/
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  • 08

    See a Samurai Show in Okazaki

    (C)SAMURAI BOYS PROJECT

    (C)SAMURAI BOYS PROJECT

    Get ready for some high-energy sword fighting with the KYOTO SAMURAI BOYS. The show is comprised of nonverbal swordplay scenes that incorporate the latest technology for impressive special effects.

    This is then followed by a live musical performance, that makes for an electrifying 40-minute stage production the kids are sure to love. There are performances almost every day, so you can drop when it suits you.

    Ticket Fee:
    3800 yen for all

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    0757521022
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    【URL】https://www.samuraiboys-project.com/
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  • 09

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo is the second oldest in Japan, with a history going all the way back to 1903. There are plenty of exotic animals to see, including gorillas, hippos, and Asian elephants.

    This zoo is sure to wow the little ones, with big cats like lions, tigers, and jaguars prowling around in their enclosures.

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Opening Hours:
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. from March to November
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from December to February
    Closed Mondays

    Admission Fee:
    600 yen for adults
    Free for children 15 and under

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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park
    phone
    0757710210
    info
    【URL】https://www5.city.kyoto.jp/zoo/lang/en/
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  • 10

    Fun Photo Spots for Family Pictures

    Yasaka Koshin-do

    Yasaka Koshin-do

    Yasaka Koshin-do

    Yasaka Koshin-do

    Kyoto is full of great spots for gleaming family photos. The colorful kukurizaru fabric balls of Yasaka Koshin-do are a vibrant change of pace sure to pique the interest of the kids.

    Nanzenji Temple has an old stone aqueduct surrounded by flora which is quite serene.

    Fushimi Inari Taisha

    Fushimi Inari Taisha

    The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove has towering stalks of bamboo that provide quite the tranquil vibe.

    Fushimi Inari Taisha offers endless rows of bright red torii gates, giving a fantastic natural frame for photos.

    These locations are great for pictures, so be sure not to miss out.

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    TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

    TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

    TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

    TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

    TOEI Kyoto Studio Park

    This movie theme park will make you feel like you’ve slipped back to the Edo period. The Edo-style set has been faithfully recreated to mimic those used in period pieces. There are also Samurai Sword Fighting Shows and captivating street performances to keep everybody entertained.

    Cosplay options like dressing up as a princess or a samurai are also available, with sizes starting at 110 cm.

    Opening Hours:
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Admission Fee:
    2,200 yen for adults
    1,300 yen for junior high and high school students
    1,100 yen for elementary school students and below

  • 12

    ― New Attraction: Ninja Climbing Shinobori

    Ninja Climbing Shinobori

    Ninja Climbing Shinobori

    Ninja Climbing Shinobori

    Ninja Climbing Shinobori

    Ninja Climbing Shinobori (忍登) is the newest attraction at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, opened in March 2019.

    It lets participants wear a harness and climb up a 7-meter wall with various challenges before jumping all the down. Participants must be over 3 years old and 100 cm tall. Trying out all the walls usually takes around 40 minutes in total. Only a fixed number of participants are allowed per day, so head over early.

    Attraction Hours:
    From 9 a.m.

    Admission Fee:
    1,000 yen for adults
    800 yen for elementary school students and below

  • 13

    ― Summer Special Event: A Cold, Chilly Kingdom

    A Cold, Chilly Kingdom

    A Cold, Chilly Kingdom

    Toei Kyoto Studio Park holds this event every summer, and it’s a water gun fight that’s super popular with kids.

    This year it’s the “Unchi Team” version, where kids will have the chance to shoot a giant poop-shaped water-bomb. It’s a wild time that helps kids escape the summer heat.

    Event Hours:
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. from mid-July to September

    Admission Fee:
    Free with park ticket

  • 14

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Sagano Romantic Train

    Hop aboard an old-school train with big windows for a laid-back ride through Kyoto’s gorgeous scenery. This 25-minute ride will show you the beauty of Kyoto in any season, like cherry blossoms in the spring and changing leaves in the fall.

    Ticket Price:
    620 yen for adults
    310 yen for children

    Hours:
    Trains run hourly from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto prefecture Kameoka city
    phone
    0758617444
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    【URL】https://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp/en/
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    Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

    You can feed the monkeys from inside the hut

    You can feed the monkeys from inside the hut

    Wild Japanese Macaques

    Wild Japanese Macaques

    This is where you can see wild Japanese macaques right up close. Monkey Park Iwatayama has a little monkey park at the top of the mountain, which is actually very close to the entrance.

    There are also treats for sale to give the monkeys if you like, but be sure to follow the park rules to ensure everybody's safety.

    Admission Fee:
    550 yen for adults 16 and up
    250 yen for children

    Opening Hours:
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. from mid-March to September
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from October to mid-March

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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamanakaoshitachou 61
    phone
    0758720950
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    【URL】http://www.monkeypark.jp/Englishpage.html#
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    Daruma Temple Kids Experience

    Daruma Temple

    Daruma Temple

    Kids Experience

    Kids Experience

    Horinji (法輪寺), known as Daruma Temple is famous for its extensive assortment of 8,000 daruma dolls. The Sakura Kids Club at the temple lets children enjoy games and activities steeped in Kyoto culture. The grown-ups on the other hand can try things like zen meditation or tea ceremonies.

    Half-day plans start at 6,000 yen, and you can tailor programs to your budget and schedule. Reserve your own slot on their website.

    Official Site: Kyoto with Kids Family Experience Japan

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  • 17

    Logos Land

    Logos Land

    Logos Land

    Logos Land

    Logos Land

    Logos Land is a hotel modeled on an outdoor theme, letting you experience the joys of camping with your family.

    The outdoor leisure facilities include tents, barbecues, and plenty of green spaces to be closer to nature. There are even indoor rooms with tents and hammocks, so you can bank on a relaxing camping trip with the kids without worrying about the weather. Go ahead and let loose with the whole family.

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  • 18

    Kyoto Nantan Fireworks Show

    Kyoto Nantan Fireworks Show

    Kyoto Nantan Fireworks Show

    For those who will be in Kyoto on August 14th, should go & see the Nantan Fireworks. This show is a dazzling display that uses thousands of fireworks to light up the night sky.

    The show takes place along Oi River, so procurring a seat may be quite difficulut. Those willing to get a good view of the spectacle might be interested in the paid seating areas (500 yen per person).

    Take the train to Yagi Station, and then you can walk to the event area in about 10 minutes.


    Event Hours:
    7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on August 14th

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    Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine

    Digitized Forest

    Digitized Forest

    Digitized Forest

    Digitized Forest

    A truly mystical experience awaits those who visit the Digitized Forest at Shimogamo Shrine. This summer event is an interactive art installation featuring large glowing orbs and floating spheres. They even change colors when you push them. It casts the World Heritage Sight in an otherworldly atmosphere full of wonder.

    Event Hours:
    6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. from mid-August to September

    Admission Fee:
    1300 yen weekdays,
    1500 yen Saturday and Sunday
    Free for elementary school children and below

    Official Site: Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine

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    【URL】http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/english/
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