Go during the autumn (early Oct - mid Nov, depends on places). You will see lots autumn leaves on the road and the trees is all color with red, brown and green. Very beautiful, very romantic. The night view and the autumn leave was just amazing in this small old town.
Warm jackets and good pair of walking shoes!
Just a small backpack to carry your gloves and water and some gifts you bought from the different temples going back to your hotel room. Warm jackets, gloves and good pair of walking shoes if you are travelling in the winter of Fall season. Water. Make sure to take your vitamins before heading out to the temples Sony Cybershoot. Extra chip and make sure to charge your battery before heading out from your hotel. Water is needed because there is a lot of walking needed to get into the many temples and shrines
Unlimited One Day Pass
If you will go around Kyoto by bus, getting on the bus more than twice in one day, you will normally spend at least 660 yen (220 yen per ride). If that will be your situation, I recommend you to buy a City Bus All-Day Pass. With only 500 yen, you can ride Kyoto city buses freely in one day within the allocated zone of the city (see website for details). There are so many sightseeing spots in Kyoto that you can visit using the pass, such as Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Nijo Castle, Gion, Kiyomizu-dera, Yasaka Jinja, Sanjusangendo, Toji, Tofukuji, Fushimi Inari Taisha, etc.
The pass can be bought at JR Kyoto Station bus terminal (station's North Exit).
Try the traditional kyoto sweets
Tradtional kyoto sweets are a must try. It's made of red bean paste and artfully pressed into shapes to represent the seasons of the year. You can even see the chef making it at the counter if you want to. And no, you don't gulp it in one mouthful. you're supposed to use the toothpick-like stick to cut it and eat it daintly.
This is the first temple that we visited on our return to Kyoto. It was a rainy day...but so hot that it hardly mattered. We skipped between the halls and the pagoda whilst it rained heavily, and when it let up a bit we had a wander in the garden and around the pond.
The temple was first established in 794. A lot of the temples were destroyed in the 15th century due to fire. The lecture hall and the main hall were re-built in the early 1600's. The magnificent 5 storey pagoda was last rebuilt in 1643...it had burnt down 5 times previous to that. It is the highest pagoda in Japan (57 metres).
Open daily 8.30am - 4.30 pm
Entry fee is 500 yen