fun things to do with kids in kyoto japan   Travel for Kids
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old town kyoto
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and the city is filled with exquisite Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, castles and villas. Don't go nuts trying to see all seventeen World Heritage Sites in Kyoto with your kids – pick three or four and spend time in each. Kyoto is also a center of traditional arts and crafts – around the city there are places to see ancient court music and dance, flower arranging, silk dyeing and weaving, doll making, fan painting.


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kids books kyoto japan
Wabi Sabi childrens books kyoto japan  
Wabi Sabi
Mary Reibstein, Ed Young

Lyrical story of Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto. Wabi Sabi journeys to Mount Hiei to ask a wise old monkey what her name means. Exquisite collages and haiku express the simplicity and beauty that is wabi sabi, a way of seeing the world. (Picture book)


One Leaf Rides the Wind
Celeste Davidson Mannis, Susan Hartung

Before you visit the gardens in Kyoto, this is a wonderful introduction. Glowing illustrations and poetic descriptions portray the elements of a Japanese garden – pagodas, carved temple dogs, birds and bonsai, lotus flowers and koi, stone lanterns to light the way. (Picture book)


One Leaf Rides the Wind kyoto kids japanese gardens
Tea Ceremony japan kids books non-fiction  
Tea Ceremony
Shozo Sato

Follow each step of the Japanese tea ceremony, where tea is enjoyed in a simple, beautiful setting. Appreciating the waiting area and tea room, preparing the tea bowl and making tea, plus history of the tea ceremony. (Chapter book, illustrations)


The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass
Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler

Young samurai Seiki arrives in Kyoto on a mission for the Shogun – convince teenage emperor Yasuhito to return to his duties. When the emperor is kidnapped, Seiki sets out to find an ancient scroll, and discover the secret of the Kusanagi, true sword of the emperors. (Chapter book)


kids mystery kyoto The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass
Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers tokaido road kids  
Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers
Gloria Whelan, Yan Nascimbene

Take a journey 300 miles down the Tokaido Road from Kyoto to Edo, riding in a hand-carried palanquin, climbing up narrow mountain paths as spring snowflakes fall, until journey’s end at the Nihonbashi Bridge. Luminous paintings capture the adventure of this historic road. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Japan pages)
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