Learn about the experience of Kyoto with kids and the splendor of this gorgeous Japanese city with our proposed itinerary. Explore the wonders of the city while enjoying fun and engaging activities for the whole family.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: Nishiki Koji-dori, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 81 75-211-3882
Hours: Vary by shops. Approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (many close on Wednesday or Sunday)
Getting There: Subway: Shijo Station, 3 minute walk
This traditional marketplace in downtown Kyoto is known as the best place to purchase Kyoto’s famous foods and goods. Nishiki Market was originally a fish market in 1615 and is now home to about 130 grocery shops. The shops are lined up on either side of a narrow street and sell Kyoto’s specialties. Many of the shops offer tasting samples, adding to this unique experience. The market is completely covered, making it a perfect activity rain or shine.
Address: 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0022, Japan
Phone: 81 75-872-0950
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $5.50, Children – $2.50 (550 yen, 250 yen)
Inhabited by a troop of over 130 wild monkeys, Monkey Park is filled with excitement. These monkeys are Japanese Macaques, an Old World monkey species native to Japan. Also known as Snow Monkeys, Japanese Macaques are the most northern-living non-human primate. Aside from viewing these furry creatures, visitors will also enjoy hiking the trail up the mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city. Keep your eyes out for deer and bird species as you climb to the top. Monkey Park is an excellent way to escape the city for a few hours and connect with the beautiful nature Kyoto has to offer.
Address: Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Phone: 81 75-343-6655
Hours: Dawn – Dusk
Philosopher’s Walk is a relaxing trail winding along a river from the Ginkakuji Temple to the Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine. The beautiful stone path is lined with cherry trees and passes a number of temples and shrines. The walk only takes about 30 minutes to complete, however many people spend more time visiting the sights along the way. Restaurants, cafes and boutiques can also be found lining the path. Philosopher’s Walk is a favorite among visitors and locals alike, especially during Hanami, the period from the end of March to early May when the cherry blossoms bloom.