If you are going sightseeing in Kyoto, wouldn’t you like to learn about Kyoto’s culture with your kids? But where can you have such experiences? Where are the spots both parents and children can enjoy? There are many things you don’t know. This time, we will introduce special cultural experiences you can enjoy in Kyoto! We will tell you things that will be fun not only for adults but for children too. After you and your kids experience some of these cultural activities, you may feel that you understand the “Japanese heart.”
When one thinks of Japan, they may think of samurai! Samurai lived in a building where you can participate in a samurai experience. After changing to samurai wear, you will be guided through the building. During your samurai experience, you will get to use a real sword! In fact, the samurai experience is very precious because few Japanese have experienced it. Adults and children can learn not only about old Japan but also learn and discover things that can be used in modern life. There is no doubt you will be satisfied with this experience.
111 Inaba-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都府京都市中京区因幡町111
Price: From 12,000 yen
VR Ninja Experience
In this ninja training experience, the latest VR technology and ninja skills are combined. Learn different ninja skills, the techniques of “Shuriken” and “Blowing Arrow”, and dodge shurikens and enemy ninjas flying in front of you in the powerful and realistic practice created by VR! Finally, defeat your opponent with a shuriken! You can experience the thrill of continuous training. It’s a waste for kids to do this alone! This is one of the latest spots for parents and children both to enjoy.
2F 545 Furukawa-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都府京都市東山区古川町545 2F
- Adults: 3,000yen
- Kids: 2,000yen
An indispensable cultural experience of Japan is a traditional tea ceremony. But, with a small child, it is difficult to experience the tea ceremony according to traditional practices. However, with this plan, you can experience matcha casually with your family in a temple that is not open to the public. Enjoying matcha outside on a sunny day with your family is the best!
Kyoto with Kids Family Tours
Yuzen Dyeing Experience
Yuzen is the most representative technique in Japan for dyeing patterns. It is often used for kimonos. Yuzen stencil dyeing is done by placing a pattern cut out on a cloth and coloring it by tapping ink over the pattern. Yuzen dyeing experience is fun for girls and boys! Even children who are not good at drawing can do it because of the pattern! In addition, even if the same pattern is used, it is possible to express individuality with colors, and you can make a unique, one of a kind piece! Kyoto with Kids Club has a Yuzen dyeing program.
Kyoto with Kids Club
3F 363 Shiogama-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都市下京区塩竈町363 ウエダ本社北ビル3階
Price: Experience yuzen and more in our 4-hour program – From 7,000yen
Various Experiences at Toei Movie Studios
There are lots of attractions that you can enjoy using your entire body! Here you can rent ninja costumes for 1,000 yen, and you can become a ninja and enjoy various attractions. Climbing “SINOBORI” with a height of 7m, “Karakuri Ninja Mansion” where you can find out about the secrets of ninjas, and a 10m high-rise outdoor maze “Ninja’s Fort” are very popular among families! There are plenty of baby facilities for families with small children, and it is a spot we recommend for the whole family to enjoy.
10 Higashihachioka-cho Uzumasa Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都府京都市右京区太秦東蜂岡町10
- Entry fee:
- Adults – 2,400yen
- Junior high age and up – 1,400yen
- Kids (3 and up) – 1,200yen
- Tickets for attractions:
- Adults（Jr high and up）1,600yen
- Kids (3 and up) 1,200yen
*Do attractions which cost 500yen 4 times with a special book of tickets
Ramen Making Experience
Ramen is loved by both adults and children. Kyoto has the world’s only restaurant where you can make your own ramen, including noodles from scratch! Knead the flour, cut the dough, boil the noodles you made, and drain! You will also tie chicken with string for one of the ingredients, season and cook. There is no doubt that the flavor of ramen you make will be delicious! After eating your delicious ramen, you will receive souvenirs unique to Japan.
15-814-18Honmachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都府京都市東山区本町15-814-18
Price: From 7,300yen
Train Conductor Experience
At the Kyoto Railway Museum, you can experience “train work”. You may use the railway for sightseeing in Kyoto and daily life, but the work of the railway is not limited to drivers and conductors. Have fun and experience the mechanisms and secrets of the railway with children and ignite their curiosity! By making new discoveries, your field of view is widened you can see things in new ways!
Kankiji-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
(Japanese address) 京都府京都市下京区観喜寺町
- Entry fee: Adults – 1,200yen
- University / High school – 1,000yen
- Junior high / elementary school – 500yen
- From ages 3 to 6 – 200yen
Ink painting is a picture drawn with a brush and black ink. Using this shade of black, you can freely draw your favorite picture. The ink used is like that used for calligraphy which is popular in Japan. You can change the shade of ink by adjusting the water, and create a unique world by changing the pressure of the brush. If you don’t try this shading and writing pressure, you may not be able to understand just how good it is! I am excited about the possibility that new talents will blossom through this sort of experience! Kyoto with Kids Club has an ink painting program.
Kyoto with Kids Club
Price: Experience ink painting and more in our 4-hour program – From 7,000yen
You can enjoy many different kinds of experiences in Kyoto
In Kyoto, you can enjoy the old side of Japan. There are many popular spots in Kyoto where families can have a good time together. This time, we introduced spots we recommend where you can experience “stillness” including tea ceremony and “movement” including active experiences which children love. Kyoto is the best place to know the goodness of old Japan. Surely children who have come into contact with different cultures will definitely be rich not only in fun but also in their hearts!
Kyoto with Kids Club
Traveling with energetic children is fun, but sometimes you want to have time for just adults. For those of you who would like some no kids, just adults time, we recommend Kyoto with Kids Club. Staff accustomed to hospitality for foreign tourists will make your child’s and your travel memories more enjoyable. The program is designed specifically for family tourists and will be a valuable experience.