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Kyoto Family Fun

Kyoto Tower, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, Kyoto Aquarium, Umekoji Park
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.9 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  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 »

Tips:  Buy an all-day bus pass. It pretty much pays for itself after just one round-trip excursion. Since you'll be going to and from two... more »

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Points of Interest

Completed in 1964, Kyoto Tower really shines in the middle of ancient, traditional Kyoto city. Constructed on top of Kyoto Tower Hotel, this structure rises 131 meters (430 ft.) above the ground, with the observation deck at 100 meters (328 ft.). All of Kyoto is clearly visible from the observation deck, with nice views as far as Arashiyama and... More

Opened in 2006, the Kyoto International Manga Museum was the first major museum to gather a large collection of manga from all over the country. It contains manga of historical relevance (some dating back to the late 1800s), modern publications, international comic books, and everything in between.

The museum is divided into various zones,... More

From the museum, return to the Kyoto Station. You can take the same bus back, Bus 101, or the subway.

The Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum was opened in 1972. It is owned by the West Japan Railroad Company and is operated by the Transportation Culture Promotion Foundation. Its main attractions include the 20-track roundhouse, an Important Cultural Property in Japan that dates back to 1914. It is the oldest reinforced concrete-made train depot in... More

A brand new addition to Umekoji Park, Kyoto Aquarium was opened in March of 2012. With a focus on blending Kyoto's natural beauty and its many rivers with that of the ocean, there is a wide variety of animal life to be seen. As the website puts it, "Kyoto Aquarium recreates the connection of life from the source of Kyoto’s rivers to the sea and... More

Next to the aquarium is Umekoji Park. There are several different areas of the park with different things to do, from play fields to a Japanese garden that blends traditional and modern styles, and a walking path through the woods that is supposed to make you feel as if you were walking through ancient Kyoto. There is also a restaurant near the... More