Kyoto is a city full of ancient history and rich culture, and the city has gone to great lengths to keep it that way. Finding places ... more »to keep the kids occupied is a difficult task in Kyoto, but this tour does just that.
This tour begins at Kyoto Tower, the one building in the city that stands out more than any other. A modern structure that rises high in the sky, the family can get a great view of the entire area, as well as neighboring cities if the weather is right. You are then off to the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Manga are Japanese comic books and graphic novels. They have been an important part of Japanese pop culture and society for over a century. Mixing historical and modern works, it is a fun and interactive place to learn about and experience Japan's most popular art form (this stop is probably best suited for older children, especially those who can read). The tour concludes in the Umekoji area, which includes a visit to the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, the brand new Kyoto Aquarium, and the multifaceted Umekoji Park.
Kyoto is a very popular tourist destination in Japan, but it's best to not expect anyone to speak fluent English. It is best to get a city/bus map from Kyoto Station and keep it with you at all times. The Kyoto city buses are very reliable. Every bus in the city has its bus number written clearly on the front and sides, and every bus stop lists which buses come and go from that location. If all else fails, simply say the name of the place you'd like to go, and the bus driver will tell you whether or not you have the correct bus.
An all-day bus pass can be purchased for just 500 yen from either the bus information center, which is in front of Kyoto Station right outside the main exit (Chuo-guchi), or from the bus pass vending machines located on the bus platforms there at the station. less «