Coming from a...
Coming from a non-appreciator of gardens in general, I must admit I was impressed with Japanese gardens. They are not just a result of planting trees at random + removing the weed. They are planned architecture, and maybe yes, just maybe even art.You can find very nice gardens around most historic buildings.
A few meters west of Teramachi/Sanjo. Go downstairs. I would have like it more in my University days, I think. Rather large bar downstairs, with no actual bar to sit at, but big garden-like tables. Also have snacks like salsa chips etc.
If you don't feel like spending big bucks in a more traditional style Sushi restaurant look for a restaurant which displays a mini conveyor belt with plastic sushi in the front window. These places are called Kaiten Zushi and are much cheaper than a formal sushi restaurant. After your seated just sit back and enjoy the view of the sushi chefs preparing plates to be placed on the automated conveyor belt which makes its round through the restaurant.
Rokuonji Temple (Kinkakuji Temple/Golden Pavilion)
One of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto. Don´t miss its pond and the Golden Pavilion.
Originally a villa of the Saionji family on the hills of Kitayama, but offered to the third Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate, Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1397. After his death, the villa was converted into Rokuonji Temple.
The entrance gates to temples and shrines are most often guarded by a pair of protector deities
At Oinari Shrines, the gates are guarded by a pair of foxes. In many cases, these gate protectors are garbed in red or painted red, for their job is to block the path to evil.
A pair of stone fox statues stand on guard at the entry to each of the site's shrines and sub-shrines.
By the 11th century, Inari becomes intricately associated with the fox. In Japan, the fox is a legendary creature with supernatural powers for doing both good and evil. Able to transform into human shape (typically that of a bewitching woman), and to hear and see all secrets of humankind..A key often seen in the mouth of a fox statue is for the rice granary.
According to Kasama Inari Shrine
In ancient Shinto, the "mountain kami" was believed to descend from its winter residence in the mountain to become the "paddy field kami" in the spring, residing there during the subsequent agricultural season. Following the fall harvest, the deity would return once again to its winter home in the mountains in its role as the "mountain kami."
All this probably took place at the same time that foxes appeared each season. As such, the fox naturally became known as the messenger of Inari
Japanese folktale...says...A black fox is good luck, a white fox calamity; three foxes together portend disaster.