6 Best Kyoto Playgrounds for Visitors

Author: Celine Brewer

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Kyoto, Japan is an amazing place for a family vacation. You will have no difficulty finding many amazing things to do on your trip to Kyoto with kids. But always try to keep in mind, that no matter how amazing the temples are in Kyoto, your kids still need time to be kids. These 6 playgrounds in Kyoto are perfectly located for families visiting Kyoto with kids.

a toddler is all smiles at an indoor Kyoto playground near the Imperial Palace.
We discovered this awesome indoor playground in Kyoto on a rainy day!

The 6 Best Kyoto Playgrounds for Tourists

Being somewhere new can be a bit stressful for little kids and depending on where you are from, Japan may seem very strange & different to your child. Taking them to play at a Kyoto playground will give your kids a much needed sense of normalcy and will help them blow off steam.

Thankfully many of Kyoto’s major attractions have playgrounds within easy walking distance, so you won’t need to go too far out of your way to make your kids happy. And who knows, there’s a very good chance they will make a new Japanese friend along the way, even if they don’t speak the same language.

1. Fushimi Inari Shrine


Fushimi Inari Shrine is not only the most important shrine in Kyoto but it is also one of the top sites to visit in all of Japan. With thousands of brilliant orange and black torii gates lining the trail up the Inari mountain, this is an outing your kids will not forget!

After a tiring outing at the shrine, your kids will appreciate a few minutes of rejuvenating play at a simple playground close to the Fushimi-Inari Station. This playground consists of a single slide, one swing and a concrete lion to climb on. It’s not much, but it’s always amazing how kids make the most of any opportunity to play.

A 3-year old girl is all smiles as she plays on a lion at a Kyoto playground near the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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2. Heian Shrine / Kyoto Zoo


Your kids will enjoy walking through the giant torii gate on your way into the Heian Shrine, a recreation of the original Kyoto Imperial Palace. And the zoo is always a popular thing to do in Kyoto with kids when they get tired of visiting temples.

Located in-between these two attractions is a large and popular Kyoto playground. This playground features a sandbox, swings, a slide and several rocking animals. It even has an old trolley car, which is a tourist information center, but kids are welcome to go inside and play.

A 3-year old girl plays in a sand pit at one of the best Kyoto playgrounds for tourists near the Heian Shrine.

3. Monkey Park Iwatayama


Taking your kids to the Monkey Park Iwatayama involves a 20 minute hike to where you can see the monkeys. Near the top of this hike is a simple playground consisting of a few swings, some teeter-totters and a very long slide. Keep this playground in mind as you may need to use it as bait to get the kids to leave the monkeys!

a super long slide at a Kyoto playground near Monkey Park Iwatayama.

4. Ginkakuji & The Philosopher’s Path


There are few temples in Kyoto which give a more zen-like feeling than Ginkakuji. Kids and parents alike will enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Philosopher’s Path. If your kids have been good and deserve a little break from sightseeing, there is a simple playground a few blocks west of the Philosopher’s Path. This playground has swings, a slide and a sandbox.

a Kyoto playground located near the Philosopher’s Path.

5. Daigoji Temple


Famous for its 5-storied pagoda, the Daigoji Temple is certainly worth visiting while in Kyoto. But let’s face it, temples are not always exciting for small kids. If you’d like to reward them, there is a modest playground on the way back to the Daigo Station. This playground has swings and a bunch of monkey bars.

A simple playground in Kyoto near the Daigoji Temple tourist attraction.

6. Kyoto Imperial Palace


Located just south of the sprawling grounds of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace, we found a real treasure. Kodomo Mirai Kan is a free indoor play place for kids 6 and under. This place was awesome!!

When we arrived at this Kyoto indoor playground, they were playing music for the kids on a street organ. There are so many things to play with, it’s hard to describe; the pictures will tell the story. We were the only foreigners in there, but we were warmly welcomed into the facility. We loved that our kids had a chance to play with lots of Japanese kids.

a toddler plays at an excellent indoor Kyoto playground near the Imperial Palace.

That’s it! We hope your family has a wonderful trip to Kyoto. If you discover any Kyoto playgrounds near tourist attractions that we have missed, please share with us!

Looking for a place where the kids can play during your trip to Kyoto? Check out these six fun playgrounds your kids will enjoy! #kyoto #japan #familytravel #travelwithkids #playground
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Celine Brewer is a dedicated family travel blogger with a profound passion for helping families create unforgettable adventures together. Her blog blends captivating travel narratives with practical tips for family-friendly destinations and enjoying active travel with kids. As a mother of two, she understands the unique challenges of traveling with children and offers valuable insights to empower parents.

When Celine isn't traveling with her husband and two kids, she's either working on one of her three travel sites (Family Can Travel, Baby Can Travel and Travel Banff Canada) or out enjoying the majestic Canadian Rockies her family calls home.