For kids who love animals, we will tell you some spots in Kyoto where they can see different animals.
Kyoto Zoo and Kyoto Aquarium
Kyoto City Zoo
Kyoto City Zoo is in the east of Kyoto City, in an area called Okazaki.
The zoo was reformed and had a renewal opening in September 2015. It is a beautiful zoo and is the perfect size for kids.
There are restrooms with baby seats as well as child-size toilets, and nursing rooms where you can feed your baby.
Also, there are many sightseeing spots including Heian Shrine and Maruyama Park around the zoo. So you can enjoy a whole day in the Okazaki-area.
Kyoto Aquarium is located within Umekoji Park. It is one of Japan’s largest inland aquariums and is just a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station.
In 2020, the new jellyfish area will be reopened and you will be able to see five-thousand jellyfish! It is the largest number in West Japan!
As the building layout is quite spacious, it is easy to move around inside with a stroller. However, on busy days it may be better to leave your stroller in the reception area and use a carrier. There are three nursing rooms throughout the building.
Wild Animals in Kyoto
Arashiyama Monkey Park
Arashiyama Monkey Park is located in the Arashiyama area. It takes 15 minutes on foot from JR Saga Arashiyama station.
There are about 120 wild monkeys. If you buy some food for the monkeys (at the park), you can feed them!
Also, in addition to seeing the monkeys, you can also enjoy the seasonal panorama view of Kyoto city from the observation deck!
It is about a 20-minute hike from the entrance gate to the observation deck.
When you go to the monkey park, please be careful about the following:
- Wear comfortable clothes
There are some unpaved road and it may be hard to walk in heels.
- Using a baby carrier
It is difficult to go to the top by a stroller. We recommend using a baby carrier if you go the monkey park with baby. You can check-in your stroller at the entrance.
- Do not show food to the monkeys
Don’t take out food on the hike up to the observation deck because we don’t know where the monkeys will come from. Sometimes monkeys attack if they see food, so please keep any food you have in your bag.
If you want to feed the monkeys, you can only use the food available for purchase at the park.
- Do not make eye contact with the monkeys
Sometimes monkeys hiss at people when they make eye contact. When the monkeys come close to you, please do not stare at them.
If you go to Arashiyama, we recommend Arashiyama Monkey Park!
Arashiyama Monkey Park Information
- 5 minutes walk from Hankyu Arashiyama station
- 5 minutes walk from Keifuku Arashiyama station
- 15 minutes walk from JR Saga Arashiyama station
- 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (March 15th – September 30th)
- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (October 1st – March 14th)
61 Nakaoshita-cho Arashiyama Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi
See hedgehogs in Kyoto!
If you want to see rare animals, why don’t you go the hedgehog shop? Tom’s Mr. Hedgie is located at the center of Kyoto in Shinkyogoku. You can hold them and take pictures of cute hedgehogs.
Tom’s Mr. Hedgie Information
6 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi station Exit 9
11:00 am – 7:10 pm
Reservation required by phone. (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Available at 0 and 30 minutes every hour.
2F 406-34 Sakurano-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi
For kids who love animals, why not take them to see some different animals during your stay in Kyoto?!