9:00 am Start from Heian Shrine
First, let’s go to Heian Shrine in Okazaki. The big red torii gate will raise your feelings of “I came to Japan” and “I am in Kyoto”. Kids will be surprised at the large torii gate that looks over them. The grounds are lined with white gravel, beautifully complementing the vermilion building, and kids can feel a different culture intuitively.
A detailed article about Heian Shrine will be uploaded soon.
10:00 am Kids’ Time! Kyoto City Zoo
After a visit to Heian Shrine, let’s go through Okazaki Park and go to Kyoto City Zoo. Renewed in September 2015 Kyoto City Zoo, with an ingenious exhibition method, is compact but has many attractions. After looking around leisurely, you can have your own lunch at the park or go to the buffet restaurant.
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1:00 pm Take a Walk After Lunch to Chion-in
After you are full, take a walk and walk south to Chion-in. You can see the majestic uniqueness of the temple, which is different from the bright red-painted Heian Shrine, such as Japan’s largest wooden gate and a splendid building designated as an important cultural property. Kids may get bored, but in fact, there are things that are called “Seven Wonders” in Chion-in. So kids may be able to enjoy together if you look for the Seven Wonders.
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2:00 pm Play in Maruyama Park
After the tour of Chion-in, let’s enter Maruyama Park next to the south. Kyoto’s oldest park is an ancient Japanese migratory garden where you can see seasonal flowers. In particular, weeping cherry trees in the center of the park are very famous and crowded with many people in the spring. There is an area of about 86,000 square meters, so kids can run around.
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3:00 pm Teatime Outdoors? Or Indoors?
It’s a perfect time for teatime after the kids have moved a lot. If you are traveling with small and sometimes naughty kids, it is recommended that you buy sweets at the teahouse in the park and take a break in the park. There are benches and toilets so you can rest assured. If you are traveling with kids of the age who like running around and making noise, tea time at the Choraku-kan adjacent to the south of the park is also recommended. Built in the early 20th century by Tobacco King Kichibei Murai, the Choraku-kan is a unique building that incorporates many art styles such as English, American, French, Chinese, and Japanese. It will overturn the stereotypical image of Kyoto.
4:00 pm Return to the Hotel to Rest
If you eat something sweet you can go back to the hotel without overdoing it. Staying out of the country for a long time can be tense for kids. Once you’ve relaxed in the hotel room, you may be hungry so go out for dinner.
6:00 pm Dinner
Where to eat and what to eat … If you are traveling with kids, eating is a bit more annoying than an adult-only group. You may want to eat Japanese food, but you don’t know what to order, especially because kids themselves can’t imagine what to expect …”Kagonoya” and “Sato”, casual Japanese restaurants are the solution to such a problem. Most dishes are introduced with photos, so you can choose easily. There are many kids at these restaurants, so you can enjoy family dinner without feeling like you are disturbing other customers.
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