City Districts, Kyoto
Depending on how many days you are staying in Kyoto, map out the places you are going to see. The temples are located in different areas:
1. Higashiyama Area - The attractions around this area includes Chionin Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kodaiji Temple, Ryozen Kannon Temple, Yasaka Pagoda, Jishu Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Myohoin Temple, Chishakuin Temple, Sennyyuji TempleTofukuji Temple, Tobakaido, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi Momoyama Castle, kajuji Temple, Suishinin Temple, Daigoji Temple, Hohkaiji Temple, Hino-Tanjoin Temple, and Daizenji Temple.
If you just have a few days in Kyoto, just go to Kiyomizu Temple.
2. Ginkakuji Area - The attractions in this area are the Sekizanzenin Temple, Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Rinkyuji Temple, Manshuin Temple, Enkoji Temple, Shisendo Temple, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Ginakkuji Temple and Honenin Temple. The other attractions include: Kamigamo Shrine, Kamigamijinja-mae, Kyoto International Conference Hall, Takaragaike Park, and Takaragaike Children Park.
3. Okazaki Area - The attractions here are the Nyakuoji Shrine, Eikando Temple and the Kyo City Zoolgical Garden.
4. The Kinkakuji Area: The attractions here include the Shinkoin Temple, Shodenji Temple, Genkoan Temple, Ketsuji Temple, Bukkyo University, Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Ninnaji Temple, Kosanji Temple, Jingoji Temple, ADasino Nenbutsuji Temple, Daikakuji Temple, Gioji Temple, Takguchi Temple, Seiryoji Temple, Nisonin Temple and Rakushisha Temple
5. The Arashiyama Area: The main attractions include Jojakkoji Temple, Nonomiya Shrine, Tenyuji Temple, Iwatayama Park, Horiji Temple, Matusnoo Grand Shrine, Kegonji Temple, Saihoji Temple, Nishikyogoku Sports Park, and the Katsura Imperial Villa.
Fondest memory: 6. The Central Area includes the following attractions: Nijo Castle, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Imperial Park, Kyoto City Hall, Shokokuji Temple, Doshisha University, Hoyoji Temple, Myorenji Temple, Funaokayama Park, Kenkun Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shrine, Shinnyodo Temple, Kurdani Konkai Komyoji Temple, Heain Shrine, Myoshinji Temple, Hanazono University, Kyoto Foreign Language University, Hirano Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Mibu Temple, Nishi Honganji Temple, Umekoji Temple, and Toji Temple
Kyoto is comprised of many different areas: Rakuhoku, Rakusai, Rakuchu, Rakuto, & Rakunan.
Rakuhoku-The northern part of Kyoto (Shugakuin, Ohara, Kibune/Kurama, Kamigamo, & Kitayama areas)
Rakusai-The western part of Kyoto (Omuro, Kinkakuji Temple area, Arashiyama, Sagano, & Uzumasa).
Rakuchu-The central area of Kyoto (Gion, the area around Kyoto Station, Kitano, Shimogamo, & Nishijin).
Rakuto-The eastern part of Kyoto (Higashiyama, Okazaki, Ginakakuji Temple area, Kiyomizu Temple area, & Nanzenji Temple area).
Rakunan-The southern part of Kyoto, connecting Shiga & Nara with Kyoto (Tofukuji Temple area, Sennyuji Temple area, Fushimi, Daigoji Temple area, & Kanshuji Temple area).
Fondest memory: The area most people will go to visit is Rakuchu, the central area of Kyoto. I have been fortunate enough to visit that area many times but also some of the others.
Most recently I went to Arashiyama in the western part of Kyoto. It`s very very beautiful there & much more peaceful & calm than the central area. I hope that if you ever visit Kyoto, don`t overlook the many other vast areas of Kyoto. Definitely visit Arashiyama!
If you are short of time: do the East side of Kyoto one day and the West the other day.
East tour:Kyomizu temple, the Kyomizu temple shop area, Maruyama Park, Philosophers walk, Heian shrine, Ginkaku-ji.
West tour: Kinkaku-ji, Nijo castle, Imperial Palace.
Then spend your evenings wandering around the center eg. Gion or Ponotcho. One of the best things - Kyoto is a very safe city!
You can easily do that in 2 days! But 3 would be better.