Kyoto, Japan Travel Guide

Add to my trip (0)
ClosePlease login
General Info FAQWhen To Travel
line style drawing of a family exploring the historic streets of Kyoto Japan with cherry blossoms in bloom and traditional Japanese architecture
Kyoto, Japan Travel Guide 3


Kyoto is the heart of traditional Japan, filled with ancient temples, beautiful gardens, and the fascinating Gion district where geishas can still be seen. It’s a city that effortlessly blends its rich history with modern conveniences, making it a captivating destination for all ages.



Approx. Duration

Min half day

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – Medium

Local Currency

Price Level


Min. Price

Not Relevant


Kyoto, Japan

Spoken Languages

Japanese; English is commonly used in tourist areas

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Not Relevant, Any Age

Pricing Details

Costs vary widely depending on accommodation and activities, but budgeting at least $100-150 per day for expenses outside of lodging is reasonable.



High safety level.

Kyoto is known for its safety, cleanliness, and well-organized public transport system, making it ideal for family travel.

Additional Information

With over 2,000 religious sites, including the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Kyoto offers a deep dive into Japan’s cultural heritage. The city is also renowned for its cherry blossom season in early April, providing breathtaking scenery.

Families can enjoy various activities, from traditional tea ceremonies to modern anime shops, ensuring there’s something to entice every member.

Explore traditional temples and shrines, visit the Kyoto Railway Museum, enjoy a picnic under cherry blossom trees, and take a day trip to the bamboo forests in Arashiyama.

Frequently Asked Questions

Public transportation and bicycles are great options.

Yes, Kyoto offers various family-friendly hotels and traditional ryokans.

Many restaurants cater to different dietary needs, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Yes, there’s plenty for kids, from anime stores to parks and interactive museums.

While not ubiquitous, many signs are in English, and staff at major tourist spots often speak English.

Best Time To Visit

lightbulb iconRemember to check the weather forecast a few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.

April and May are among the best months to visit Kyoto, thanks to the mild weather and cherry blossom season in early April.

Spring in Kyoto is mild, with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C).

Flights & Accommodations

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as well as layers for varying weather in spring. Don’t forget umbrellas or raincoats for unexpected showers.

Events & Festivals

Before planning a trip around an even, verify the dates on the event website or local tourist info center.

Hanami is the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms. In Kyoto, this period is magical, with numerous spots across the city turning into breathtaking canvases of pink and white. Popular spots include Maruyama Park, the Philosopher’s Path, and Kiyomizu Temple. Families can join locals in picnicking under the cherry blossom trees, a truly memorable experience.

Seeing one of Japan’s most iconic natural events is a unique opportunity. The atmosphere is festive, with food stalls and lanterns lighting up some areas at night.

One of Kyoto’s three great festivals, Aoi Matsuri, dates back over a thousand years. The festival is known for its grand procession from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines. Participants dress in elaborate costumes from the Heian Period, and the procession includes ox-drawn carts, horses, and a large retinue of attendants. The festival’s name comes from the hollyhock leaves used to decorate the participants and the carts.

It offers a glimpse into Japan’s historical and cultural depth. Watching the procession is like stepping back into ancient Japan. For families, it’s an educational and visually stunning experience.

While not exclusive to Kyoto, Children’s Day is celebrated across Japan. Families pray for the health and success of their children. Homes and public places display Koinobori (carp-shaped windsocks), symbolizing strength and determination. Special events, including traditional games and shows, are held in various places, making it a fun day for children.

It’s a day that celebrates children and promotes their happiness and well-being. The sight of colorful Koinobori against the backdrop of Kyoto’s historical sites is picturesque.

Related Posts, Tours, and Itineraries

Help Us Improve

If you visited Kyoto, Japan Travel Guide, please email us with your stories and rating.

Don’t Travel Alone. Share with your friends and family

Found any missing or wrong info? Please be kind and let me know. I’ll do my best to update the site so all travelers will be able to enjoy it. 

Make your next trip smoother:​

  • Save hours of searching and listing.
  • No stress with a comprehensive list for your next vacation.
  • It's completely free!

If you had a great trip and got a few minutes, click to share your experience. Give info, tips, must-do's...

Care to Help fellow travelers?

We’d love to be friends

Register to our newsletter

Scroll to Top