kyoto in 1 day with 3 kids

Old Oct 10th, 2005, 01:41 AM
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kyoto in 1 day with 3 kids

Thanks to everyone who has helped me plan my trip. I have finally decided to base ourselves in Osaka and take a day trip to Kyoto. The reason I decide not to base in Kyoto is that I believe for kids Osaka might be more interesting. I plan to leave on Sunday 30 Oct early in the morning from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station. I have JR pass. Should I take the JR train? Can anyone tell me the schedule? (Somehow when I type www.hyperdia.com I get Japanese webpage.)
Once we get into Kyoto, is there a rail or bus pass that I can buy that will take us to the major sights?
which are the most important sights I must see? I do not need to see too many things, just a feel of Kyoto. We can spend the entire day including dinner in Kyoto. I do not think that my 6 year old can walk too much so wondering if the philosopher's walk is too tedious for kids?
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Old Oct 10th, 2005, 02:06 AM
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hyperdia.com is now updating until October 14, so you won't be able to use it until then.

There are many, many, many JR trains between Osaka and Kyoto every day, as well as many private railways. Since you will have the JR pass, by all means take the JR trains. Don't even worry about the schedule. Just go to the station when you are ready and get on the next train with your pass. No worries at all. Do note that kids under 6/first grade are free, but 6-12 pay 1/2 price.

Kyoto is a big city, just like Osaka. If you don't want to do much walking, just take taxis. For 4 of you, the taxi likely won't be more money than buses/subways, and you'll get directly from point a to point b without hassle or worrying about which stop, which exit, etc. There are transit passes available, which you could ask about at Kyoto station at the tourist info center. I've only used the bus once in Kyoto, and afterwards decided it wasn't worth it and didn't use them again.

The walk up the hill to Kiyomizutera is lined with sweet shops and souvenir shops that kids might enjoy. Free samples of the sweets, but remember that it is a bit rude to sample and not buy over and over.

In department stores, on the kids floor, the toy sections usually have stuff for kids to play with. Hankyu next to the Osaka Hilton has Bornerland things, and when our daughter was younger we'd take her there each time we were in Osaka for some play time. It's free, just stuff set up like samples. Your kids might also like riding the train back and forth between Osaka and Kyoto.

The philosopher's walk is long, but you could do just part of it. Picking up acorns along the way is great project that my daughter always enjoys when we go somewhere in the fall.

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Old Oct 10th, 2005, 03:29 AM
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Here is the link for the English version of Hyperdia http://grace.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperd01.cgi.

It seems to be working okay at the moment, but if it is offline again, you can also look at Jorudan http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/nor...norikeyin.html which should give you the same information.
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Old Oct 10th, 2005, 05:13 AM
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Check this out, it is the best site I have found on traveling w/kids in Japan. I am giving you the Kyoto part of the site, but the site covers rest of Japan as well, including Osaka.

http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo/Japan/kyoto.htm

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Thanks everyone. Nice to hear from you, KimJapan. We are a party of 5, not 4 (including my husband). Can we fit into one taxi? Kids are 6,7 and 13. Also, once we get into Kyoto station, we will grab a taxi there. Please recommend maybe 3 sights of interest including one garden and one temple then followed by the philosopher's walk. Hopefully the chosen sights are not too far from one another. In the evening where can we go for a nice meal before leaving for osaka? is Gion Pontocho a good idea?
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I'd do Kiyomizutera...it's fun to walk up the hill there with the shops and such. Taxi part way (your choice to where) then do the Philosopher's walk to Ginkakuji ("Silver" temple), then if you feel up to it, taxi to Nijo-jo, then taxi to the station.

The 5 of you will fit in one taxi. I can't tell you it will be safe. I'm a child passenger safety specialist, so it's terrible for me to see this type of thing day in day out, and I do my very best to educate others, and of course have my daughter in the safest possible configuration of booster seat and 3-point belt...except in taxis, where we just can't buckle. Many taxis don't have usable seat belts in the rear seats...you can see the strap part, but the buckles have been removed so there's no where to buckle.

So, safety aside, I see people cram into taxis all the time, especially with kids. The 3 kids and you will fit in the back, husband in the front, the smallest child on your lap. I even cringe, but admit I have done similar with my own daughter on occasion.

With kids, a hotel dinner buffet might be perfect. The Hilton's buffet dinner on the second floor is consistently excellent, and we eat there every stay. Another choice might be a yakiniku restaurant...grill in the center of your table, order meat, seafood, and veggies raw and cook them. Good fun.
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