If you have young children, bring both a stroller and a carrier for this outing. You’ll need the carrier for the hike, as the slopes are too steep for a stroller, but the Kinkaku-ji Temple is stroller friendly.
Both the hike to Kami Daigo of Daigo-ji Buddhist Temple and the visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple were well worth it, but be prepared for a long day with at least 1 hour in transit between the two locations. If you have little kids that still need a nap, you might want to break this mini-adventure into two days, unless they are able to sleep in a carrier on the go.
Plan this mini-adventure on a clear day, as you want to get the best photos possible while you are at Kinkaku-ji Temple to make this crowded site worth the visit.
Heading to Kyoto with kids? This itinerary is for any outdoor loving family visiting Japan. Explore a blend of Japanese culture and nature during this day trip to two temples in Kyoto that couldn’t be more different. First, hike up to the summit of Mt. Daigoyama to visit the quiet grounds of Kami Daigo (Upper Daigo), the original temple grounds of Daigo-ji Buddhist Temple. Enjoy the peaceful solitude and scenic views from the mountaintop. Then head over for a quick visit to the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion). It’s a busy site with lively crowds, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful photo opportunities of Japan’s cultural heritage. This is a long day, but well worth it!