Fun cities to explore with kids: Kyoto, Japan!

We spent a very hot summer in Japan not long ago while my husband was involved in a music theatre production of Candide. If you do have the good fortune of traveling to Japan, head to Kyoto!!! Kyoto is the Japan of our imagination, seriously it is a magical place of dreams.
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We very much enjoyed the grounds of the Golden Pavilion.
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One of our favorite ways to explore a new city is to walk and walk and walk.  Our sturdy Sport stroller was our pack animal! We put it through its paces our first day in Kyoto covering over 8 miles of the city on foot. We stopped above to see where we were on the map.  We took the less traveled path in Kyoto, finding our way into many temples and cemeteries where there were no other tourists. I love seeing things the typical tourist misses!    Our non-direct walk through of Kyoto with our two kids was one of our favorite things from our summer in Japan, so peaceful and nice.Below, some two year old run around time.

This was at the Silver Temple.  Seriously, not a leaf was out of place!
 
We loved the familiar reflection in this old tv along the Philosopher’s Walk.  And below, walking the 8 km Philosopher’s Walk
Stroller snack time! We are used to Goldfish crackers in the USA, but the Japanese version also had squid and octopus shaped crackers.
 
We LOVE the vending machines!  Seriously, they were very exciting to me as an adult and that excitement was severely amplified in my children. 
 
We met up with friends who we had met working in Israel.   Our friends have a Vibe and we let the strollers enjoy a little break while the kids ran free. The strollers earned a little rest. 

And then, TOKYO!!! There is nothing in the world like Tokyo! We loved the Sport in Tokyo, try taking a non-in-line stroller in any store or on the Tokyo trains! We so enjoyed Japan, there is far more to write about than just one little post, but I’ll keep it short for now. We also loved Kobe (make sure to ride the cable car up the mountain!) We could not have handled this crazy adventure without our trusted travel mates , phil&teds!!!

About the author:

Prior to becoming a traveling opera wife and full-time mother, Ann Hinckley Stucki studied socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate and went on to receive her master’s degree in social work. She has worked in a variety of fields from health education, mental health/community/school social work, geriatrics, childbirth labor support, and disease prevention in Latin America. Her research pursuits have taken her from a Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border dispute to London, England to present graduate research at a Medical Anthropology conference. Additionally, she is an award-winning photographer and enjoys portrait work. She also teaches fire breathing. Brian Stucki has been singing professionally full-time for more than six years, taking his family on the road with him. He has sung with companies and orchestras from coast to coast and on three continents. Highlights include The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera, Così fan tutte with the New Israeli Opera, Haydn’s Creation, with Boston Baroque, The Barber of Seville with the Compaña Nacional de Mexico in Mexico City, and The Fall of the House of Usher with the Polish National Opera..