Bring plenty of snacks to coax your kids during the hike to Mt. Daimonji-yama.
Leave the stroller behind. Strollers are not permitted in Ginkaku-ji Temple, though you can park them at the entrance. The Philosopher's Path is also more enjoyable without a stroller.
The morning of this Kyoto day trip will be a busy one with a lot of walking, but well worth the journey. The hike up to the summit of Mt. Daimonji-yama is beautiful and its views of Kyoto’s cityscape are stunning. Pair this hike with a zen-filled visit to the Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion) and a serene walk on The Philosopher’s Path. Don’t forget to stop for some matcha (green tea) ice cream at a local ice cream shop. This tasty treat is the perfect solution to keep your kids going during your walk. Make this a morning of adventure or spread it to a full day of exploration! All these activities are within close walking distance to one another and can be short visits during your Japan vacation.