One important thing we have learned through our family travels is that kids don’t stop being kids just because they are on vacation. Despite all the new and fun things they get to do every day, younger kids still need time to play. 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 playground gives them a much needed sense of normalcy and helps them blow off steam. 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.
Looking for things to do with your kids in Tokyo? You’re in luck – many of Tokyo’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.
Kyoto is rightfully famous for its beautiful temples and shrines. But, are you like us and get a little tired of seeing temple after temple? Thankfully, Kyoto is also a great place to go hiking with your family! Surrounded by lush, green mountains on all sides, Kyoto has many fun outdoor options to keep you and your kids sane between all the temple visits.
When we first began planning our two week itinerary in Japan, we had originally planned to split our time equally between Tokyo and Kyoto. As we did more research, we were surprised to learn how many incredible hikes in Kyoto there were, so we eagerly allocated more time in our Japan itinerary to Kyoto.