Riksha's are available in some places but not that common, maybe more in the torist area's temples and small streets I saw those which can be somehow nice adventure for a short ride. However, it was over 30°c while we were there, two European size people and we felt pity for the "driver" if we would use it, so we skipped it ;-)
Although I preferred to walk, some tourists and local visitors (Japanese visiting Kyoto) liked to try riding around Kyoto via rickshaw. The only thing about riding the rickshaw is that it can't go all the way to the hills. These are limited only to flat surfaces - which means basically that you can't really explore the temples!
Pri prechadzke starymi ulickami musi turista narazit na skupinku riksovnikov, ktori vas radi a ochotne za mierny poplatok povozia historickou castou mesta. Rikse su velmi pekne a riksovnik, ktory oslovil nas bol az tak super vyzerajuci mlady muz, ze mi bolo povozenie sa na riksi zatrhnute:)
pay 70dollars each for this!?! I tried this in Nara, but it was about half the price. The guys pulling you along dont speak English, which can be a good thing as ours talked our ear off and I saw other Japanese tourists suffering in the same way. They seem to be enjoying themselves though...
In Gion District, the subway or bus won''t be of any use. If there is a specific landmark you want to visit but don't have the energy to go "up" or "down" there, take a ride with these guys. They are in incredible shape and will take you anywhere for a reasonable fee.