see the temples and shrines...
see the temples and shrines from inside too. should you get lost unable to speak japanese just try the teens as their english should still be fresh at least for me it worked well.
Check out my travelogue on the Japan page it's got much more content.
Nara - The Ancient Capital
By basing in Kyoto, there are other areas in the Kansai region that you can visit fairly easily as the transportation system is efficient enough to bring you anywhere in Kansai in the fatest time.
Nara is a historical site and definitely worth visiting. It is home for many World Heritage Sites too. Being an ancient capital of Japan, Nara has lotsa to offer and some of the places you must go are as follows :
-Nara Park (To see the deer)
-Toadaiji Temple (Well-known Temple with Huge Buddha)
-Kofukuji Temple (5-storey Pagoda)
-Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Place of stone lanterns)
-Shoso-in Hall (A treasure house of religious items used in Todaiji Temple and ancient items.)
-Sasayaki no Komichi lane
-Yagyu Kaido (Takisaka no Michi)
-Nara National Museum
-Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
Bold : Places I visited.
NOTE : Please refer to my Nara Page for more tips. Alternatively, check out A2002's (Lina) comprehensive Nara Page
Traffica Kyo Card
If bicycle is not a good option for you, then you need to use metro and bus combinations to reach your destination in Kyoto. Traffica Kyo Card is available from Kyoto City Transport vendors and subway & bus vending machines in either 1000 JPY or 3000 JPY denominations. A 1000 JPY card provides 1100 JPY worth of travel and a 3000 JPY card 3300 JPY on and Kyoto Subway and Kyoto City Bus route. When you make transfers from metro to bus or vice versa, you get fare reductions. Ticket prices are deducted as you pass the ticket through the station entrance gates and bus card readers. Remaining credit is printed on the back of the card.
Jishu Shrine Cafe
At the Jishu Shrine we had a nice break in the local Cafe with its special interior and design as seeing in the first two images here. The 3rd image is another nice place for a break later while visiting this Shrine.
What I found most interesting about this UNESCO World Heritage early 17th century Shogun castle was the ingenious security feature built into the structure. To prevent intruders from sneaking up on Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Shogun who built the castle in 1603, he had 'Nightingale' floors placed throughout the castle. I didn't know this fact before my visit and was curious as to what the high pitch squeeking noise was every few steps. I later learned this noise was by design. It was really pretty fascinating to experience first hand.