One thing we hope you will enjoy during your time in Kyoto with your kids is cycling. If you rent an electric bike which has a child seat on it, you can even ride uphill with no problems. Check the article Visiting Kyoto with Infants and Toddlers? GET ELECTRIC BIKES! for more details on how to rent bikes. This time we will tell you about the routes we recommend if you rent bikes. Enjoy the scenery of Kyoto with your kids as you zoom around the city.
Umekoji Park and Toji Temple – Fun for Families on Bikes
This is the easiest route from Kyoto Station. Be sure to watch out for cars!
With a wide open grassy space, railway museum and an aquarium, this area is a paradise for kids!
With its signature five-storied pagoda, Toji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one you don’t want to miss. If you are tired from riding, just inside the entry is a small shop where you can get soft serve ice cream!
Renting bikes with child seats attached
You can rent bicycles near Kyoto Station or your hotel and head to Kamogawa River, which runs from north to south through Kyoto. In addition to the shop below, there are many bicycle rental shops, especially near Kyoto Station, and many have bikes with child seats available. Get away from the crowded buses and subways and enjoy the fresh air as you cycle through Kyoto with your family!
AM 8:30〜PM 7:00
Address: 323 Kamijyuzuya-machi Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi
Kamogawa River – Safe for kids
As cars can’t drive along the river bank, this is the safest route. As you travel from south to north, you can see many sights. From cherry blossoms in spring, the gorgeous green of summer, autumn colored leaves in fall, to snow covering the surrounding mountains in winter, whatever season you visit you are sure to see something beautiful. You can check the map as you move along the river and stop at temples and shops along the way that interest you.
Enjoy Kyoto Imperial Palace with your family
From Kamogawa if you go to Imadegawa or Marutamachi, you will pass the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. As the grounds of the palace are quite spread out, going there by bicycle makes it easier to get around. The roads inside are covered with gravel so the ride may be a bit bumpy, but you can enjoy riding through the grounds.
No bikes allowed!
There’s just one thing to be careful of. In the downtown area of Kyoto, there are some roads on which bikes are not allowed. See the pamphlet at this link for more information on bike safety in Kyoto.
From Kamogawa area go to see ancient shrines with your family
Take a short trip north of the Kamo River and visit the oldest shrines in Kyoto, Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, which dates back to BC.
The grounds are surrounded by a primeval forest. Because it is spread out, it doesn’t feel crowded even if many people are there.
Kamigamo Shrine is the oldest shrine in Kyoto. It is not easily accessible by train, so please go by bicycle. This is a recommended spot because it isn’t visited by many tourists.
When renting bicycles with a child seat
It can be a long trip to and from Kyoto Station, so you could rent a bike in the Demachiyanagi area. There aren’t as many shops in the area as around Kyoto Station, so be careful!
Emusica Demachiyanagi shop
Weekdays: from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm
Sundays & Holidays: from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm
Address: 24 Kamiyanagi-cho Tanaka Sakyo-ku Kyoto
Okazaki Area: With the zoo and various shrines, a fun area for kids and parents!
With sites like Heian Shrine and Kyoto Zoo, Okazaki area also has many hidden temples with great atmospheres. You can also see some impressive houses.
From its impressively large vermillion torii gate, to the way the red of the buildings contrasts with the white of the gravel around the grounds, Heian Shrine is one you don`t want to miss.
Kyoto City Zoo
Kyoto City Zoo is a wallet friendly spot to visit while you are here! Kids get in free and adults are only 600 yen. With a variety of animals to see, your kids are sure to be pleased with a quick trip here. It’s not so large, so you can easily make your way around and see all of the animals in just a couple of hours.
When renting bicycles with a child seat
You can rent cool bicycles here:
Bicycle rental KYOTO OKAZAKI TSUTAYA BOOKS
KYOTO OKAZAKI TSUTAYA BOOKS
Address: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, park plaza 1F
13 Saisyouji-cho Okazaki Sakyou-ku Kyoto
https://store.tsite.jp/kyoto-okazaki/floor/shop/rentacycle/ (Only in Japanese)
Exciting for parents and kids – A different side of Arashiyama
Recently Arashiyama is full of people all year round. But if you go a little further, there are many hidden attractions, such as temples, with few visitors. Another hidden recommendation is the idyllic Japanese countryside that you can’t see in the middle of the city! Most people living in Kyoto don’t even know that you can enjoy the Japanese countryside just near the sightseeing spot Arashiyama without having to go somewhere far away by train!
Rural landscape around Hirosawa Pond and its surroundings
Hirosawa Pond has long been known as a famous spot for watching the moon. Children are excited about the rural scenery near it! However, please be careful about your safety as you will pass through many busy roads.
This is an elegant temple with a large pond.
Renting bicycles with child seats
The rent-a-cycle shop near the Randen Arashiyama Station is affordable and one we recommend. They`ll also give you a ticket to use the foot bath at the station.
RANBURA Rental Bicycle
In Randen Arashiyama Station
Hours: 9:00 a.m.－5:00 p.m
Cycling around Kyoto – fun for parents and kids
With the above course, you can enjoy Kyoto without having to take a crowded train or bus with your children. However, riding a bicycle with a child is dangerous if you are not used to it, so please take caution. Please enjoy cycling as a family while enjoying the seasonal views of Kyoto. Take lots of pictures and make lots of memories!