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World Culture for Kids: Kyoto, Japan

Today’s Exploring Geography world culture for kids post about Kyoto, Japan is very special – it was written by a ten year old! Beth Cheng, the founder of iGameMom.com, took her family to Japan last summer, and her son was kind enough to write this post up for us! Be sure to check out the Geography Apps section of Beth’s site!

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We visited Japan last summer. To have some true cultural experience, we rented a traditional Japanese house in a traditional Japanese community located in the suburb of Kyoto. We wanted this be a good cultural experience for our son. I asked him to share what he thinks were the best parts of the visit. Here are some un-filtered content from my 10-year-old. He didn’t write many facts, but if you are interested in knowing more about Kyoto, here is the official website of the city.

Kyoto is a city in Japan in the central part of the island Honshu. It has a small population. It is a fun city with schools and restaurants and it is a great place to visit.

Japanese Temple:

We saw a lot of temples in Kyoto. The one on the top left is a pagoda. The one at the bottom is a castle. The one on the right is a golden temple.

temples in kyoto japan

The Bullet Train:

The bullet train in Japan is one of the fastest trains in the world. You might expect the ride be rough, but it was actually really smooth.

bullet train japan

Living in Japan:

This is where Japanese sleep at night. I slept on the floor. I took this picture of my parents’ bedroom from my bedroom. We were separated by a sliding door.

japanese bedroom


This is one of the most common games in Japan. The store is really fun to visit, because you get to see all the Pokémon they’ve made.

pokemon japan

The Fish Market:

Tsukiji Market is the world’s largest fish market. People trade fresh caught fish and other seafood here every day. It is in Tokyo.


Tsukiji Marketseafood at Tsukiji market

Beth, please tell your son thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us!

My Exploring Geography series is intended to introduce families to the world’s cities, states, countries, and cultures. Interested in writing for this series? Email mamasmilesblog at gmail dot com.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “World Culture for Kids: Kyoto, Japan”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    Oooh, I want to visit Japan!!

    I loved seeing it from a 10-year-old’s perspective. :)

  2. Great post! I love a kid’s perspective! I would definitely want to stay in a traditional setting to get the full cultural experience too : )

  3. Love the great photos! The Golden Temple is so famous as having perfect symmetry and proportions. The food at the bullet train stations is really great! Even the food they sell at 7/11 is so different from here in the US and much, much better. Loved this post on Kyoto. I was only there a day or so but hope to go back.

  4. This is great- I loved reading about this from a kid’s perspective. And I want to check out that bullet train, too. Coooool.

  5. Thanks for the opportunity MaryAnne. Both my son and I enjoyed the writing process. It is always interesting to look at the experience from kids’ point of view. My son liked reading his writing on a website!

  6. I have a little boy over here who wants to see the fastest bullet train….super duper bad! I hope a picture will do the trick! I will show him right away!

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