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The former imperial capital of Japan, and known as the “City of Ten Thousand Shrines,” modern Kyoto combines a wealth of well-preserved cultural heritage with the best of the country’s cutting-edge transportation and technological facilities. The architectural beauty and slow pace of the city’s tree-lined walks provide a perfectly relaxing Kyoto family-friendly break, and its stunning range of castles, temples, and palaces make it an ideal outdoor playground for children of all ages.

Things to see in Kyoto

A great way to start your family vacation in Kyoto is to stroll along the mile-long Philosopher’s Way. The stone path follows a peaceful cherry-lined canal, and is a great spot for viewing the changing colors of the magnificent blossoms. Arashiyama Monkey Park is a sure-fire hit with kids. Here, over a hundred monkeys roam freely, and your little ones can observe their playful antics in a completely safe environment. While in the Arashiyama area, take the family on a relaxing two-hour Hozu River Boat Tour, which wends its way between lush tree-lined mountainsides. For would-be ninjas, the lavishly decorated Nijo Castle, built as a residence for Tokugawa shoguns, is an impressive 400-year-old complex now listed as a World Heritage Site. Featuring false walls, secret doors, and “nightingale floors” designed to “chirp” if intruders entered, the entire site is a fascinating journey back in time for all the family.

Family-friendly hotels in Kyoto

Befitting its status as a premier tourist destination, there is a huge range of family-friendly accommodation in Kyoto, from household name hotel groups and traditional Japanese inns, to welcoming guesthouses and impeccably clean hostels. Many child-friendly hotels in Kyoto combine 21st-century conveniences with authentic local touches such as Japanese-style rooms, stone gardens, and water features. Kyoto’s best family friendly hotels offer free WiFi, on-site restaurants with special kids’ menus, and even swimming pools and game rooms. For a fun and futuristic alternative that’ll appeal to savvy teenagers, capsule hotels offer a refreshingly different option for family accommodation in Kyoto.

Where to stay in Kyoto

Stay in the Central Region and be near to many of Kyoto’s top family attractions, including numerous pagodas and walled gardens, as well as the magnificent Imperial Palace. The Northern Higahiyama area is a green and tranquil setting for some of Kyoto’s most popular family hotels. The city zoo can be found here, as well as the National Museum of Modern Art, providing diversion for kids and parents alike. Nature-loving families should book into one of the traditional-style hotels in Arashiyama, running along the base of the beautiful “Storm Mountains.” The neighborhood boasts the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a spectacular natural wonder, yet just 30 minutes from downtown.

How to get to Kyoto

With no airport of its own, travelers to Kyoto from overseas normally alight at Osaka’s Kansai airport. Japanese Rail runs regular express trains (with discounted rates for foreign tourists) to Kyoto from the airport station, with a journey time of just over an hour. Pre-booked limousines can drop you and your family group directly to major hotels. The excellent, family-friendly Kyoto subway service is great for getting around the city center. For trips further afield, take a green and white Kyoto City Bus, which not only give out travel information in English, but also offer competitive family travel passes in the Kyoto area.

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