Where is Kyoto in Japan?
What is there? Why is it famous?
Why is it recommended for family trips?
It is a mysterious city for those who know it for the first time. You can experience the good old days of Japan in Kyoto. Temples with calming atmospheres, gorgeous gardens, traditional teahouses, mysterious geiko, and delicious Kyoto cuisine. In this blog, in addition to the goodness of Kyoto with its rich culture and history, you will find out why Kyoto is good for family trips based on tips from local mothers.
What kind of place is Kyoto? What is special? What experiences can you have?
Kyoto is two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, and the nearest airport is Kansai Airport. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan. After becoming the capital in 794, it prospered for over 1,000 years. A town that has maintained its status as the capital of a country for such a long time is rare in the world. Kyoto has been the center of civilization and culture of Japan for many years, and still retains the old Japanese streets and traditions, and is popular as the spiritual center for the Japanese people.
Many cultures flourished during the 1000 years. It is still one of Japan’s leading tourist cities where you can experience a lot of Japan up to modern times, such as kimonos, Japanese sweets, Kyoto cuisine, “machiya” (old style townhouses), shrines and temples, tea ceremony, incense and flower arrangements, traditional crafts and seasonal events.
Is traveling in Kyoto worthwhile for children?
We think so! It is a very valuable destination for children and families for three reasons.
It is a very popular historical city and is often visited on school trips by students from all over Japan. Recommended if you want to experience traditional Japan. Children will experience a lot of history as well as beautiful Kyoto cuisine, Japanese sweets, kimono experiences and craftsmanship skills.
Kyoto is a city with a river flowing through its center and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. In the suburbs are the soils that have grown many agricultural products. It is perfect for experiencing the rich seasons of Japan.
- Unique culture
It is an academic city where old and new things are mixed, and there is a tendency to enjoy new challenges. There are many world-famous companies such as Nintendo, which is responsible for characters such as Pokemon and Mario, Kyocera, Shimadzu.
Find out why Kyoto is perfect for families with local mom Junko.
There are 17 World Heritage sites in Kyoto! While traveling you can visit such places and learn a bit about Japanese history, a good chance for expanding kids’ minds.
Actually, Kyoto with Kids was started as a sort of passion project of a local mom who wanted families with children from around the world to visit and enjoy Kyoto more. See here for how it all started,
What kinds of things can you do with your family in Kyoto?
What kind of experiences can you have when you actually go to Kyoto with your family? Here are recommendations from moms who are raising children locally for families with children.
(Just between us, many of the common itineraries are for adults, so there is too much getting around and too many crowds. Us moms raising children locally want tourists visiting here with their children to enjoy their time and make great family memories!)It is a popular tourist site and often crowded, but we recommend going to Fushimi Inari!
Apart from famous tourist spots, there are places all over Kyoto where both children and adults can enjoy the uniqueness of Kyoto. For example, a very large torii gate!
It would be interesting to participate in a program where you can experience Japanese culture with your children!
What should you keep in mind when going with your family?
Planning ahead is key! For children, temples, shrines and Japanese gardens may be too crowded or a bit boring because they don’t see the difference in each place. It could be a good idea to use babysitting and childcare services when you want to go to places like temples or shrines, or even if you’d like to go out for a meal at night. There are even some children’s tours or events they can participate in. In addition, there are many places where children are not allowed, such as full Japanese courses, Zen Meditation to enjoy the silence, and tea ceremony experiences. Even if it is possible for children to go with you, it is often difficult for parents to enjoy leisurely while also having to look after their child. In those cases, it is also a good idea to use babysitting and childcare services.
* There are very few childcare services available using foreign languages, so it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.
Summary: Kyoto is recommended for family trips
Kyoto is very safe and clean, and you can easily move around the city with small children, even when using a stroller. The local people are used to tourists, so please try interacting with some of them. We are sure you will have a wonderful family trip.
Why do foreigners live in Kyoto?
Wondering why non-Japanese people now live in Kyoto with their families? As a bonus, for reading this far, here is an article written by Mike who has lived in Kyoto for 20 years.