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Top Five Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Kyoto

2016.11.10

Writer name : KAMIOKA

It's hard to have a relaxing meal with small children. Here, are some recommended family-friendly restaurants in Kyoto including ones that children will enjoy and places where adults with children can have a relaxing meal.

1. SWEETS of NINJA

A restaurant with a sweets buffet where you will be served by ninjas in a place made up like a ninja house with tricks and traps. They offer an economical 90-minute all-you-can-eat buffet at 1,480 JPY for adults (13 and older) and 800 JPY for children (ages 6 to 12) and 480 JPY for children between 3 and 5. When you sit down, a ninja will come to instruct you in the rules written on a scroll. Once you've heard the rules, it's time for battle! In addition to the sweets handmade by the pastry chef, there is a full array of light meal items such as pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and a salad bar, so you can have a proper meal as well. The make-it-yourself parfaits and the chocolate fountain are loved by children. This is an entertaining restaurant you can have fun in.


1. SWEETS of NINJA


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2. Minnano Café

This is a cafe in a converted kyomachiya-style house (a traditional narrow and long house typical of Kyoto) that can be comfortably enjoyed by people of all ages. It has zashiki seating where you can take your shoes off and relax, which is ideal for small children and toddlers. There are toys in the room on the second floor so even small children won't get bored. The gently-flavored obanzai (traditional side dishes from Kyoto home cooking) made with local vegetables and seasonal ingredients is the specialty. The Bunny Rabbit Plate (480 JPY excl. tax) for two to three year olds and the Mr. Lion Plate (600 JPY excl. tax) are recommended for children aged 4 and 5.


2. Minnano Café


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3. Nagomi Dining D-Light

Unlike most family-friendly restaurants that only serve lunch, this is a restaurant where mom and dad can bring their kids and enjoy their drinks. It has such an extensive children's menu that you may have difficulty making a selection. Most of the patrons come with children, so there will be no grimacing over noise. If your child falls asleep, the restaurant will prepare a futon. There are children's toys, DVDs, a feeding room, and a diaper changing area. This is a restaurant where you can feel how much thought has been put into making sure that children can have fun and parents can relax.

*Image used is for illustrative purposes only.



3. Nagomi Dining D-Light


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4. Kids Cafe RIITO

This is a famous Kyoto kid-friendly cafe in a converted tradesman's house where kids can play with a giant plastic train set and doll house. There are diaper changing areas and nursing areas, so it's convenient to bring babies as well. The first floor is the restaurant, and the second floor beyond somewhat steep stairs is where kids can freely play with a giant plastic train set to their heart's content. There is also a full selection of toys for girls, such as a doll house. In addition to the price for food, there is a three-hour entrance fee of 200 JPY for children and 500 JPY for adults. Please note that opening hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


4. Kids Cafe RIITO


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5. Nishijin Inokumacafe

This is a cafe that the owner, who previously worked at an upscale ryotei-style Japanese restaurant, opened so that people can casually enjoy traditional Japanese food. When you step through the entrance, you will be greeted by a cute poodle, Jump. Jump may also come over to play while you are waiting for your food. The restaurant is designed to be kid-friendly with couch seats and picture books. The Kyoto-style obanzai home cooking made with seasonal Kyoto ingredients carefully selected by the owner is outstanding and enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a popular cafe where you can eat casual but authentic Japanese food and where many guests bring their kids.

*Image used is for illustrative purposes only.


5. Nishijin Inokumacafe


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Please select the restaurant that is right for your kids' from among restaurants that the adults can relax in, cafes that the kids will enjoy, and restaurants with extensive kids' menus.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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