The Golden Pavillion (Kinkakuji Temple, officially Rokuon-ji)This was one of those things that I soon realised I needed to see. A temple coated in gold? Wow!
Cost: 500 yen
Station: Bus stop
Top Tip: Avoid the crowds and go early. Get rid of your 1 yen coins by aiming them at the bowl (you'll see when you get there).
Station: 15 mins walk from the Bamboo Forest (see above) about 20 mins walk from central Arishyama.
The Silver Pavillion (Ginkakuji Temple, officially Jishō-ji)Dreams never achieved is nothing new, and this temple joins the pack. It was intended to be covered in silver and although it never quite made it, it still got the title.
With a Japanese zen garden and a mighty view it was a good way to spend an hour or two
On a side note... Can you see the floating 1 yen coins? They feel like fake money because they're so light.
Station: Ginkakuji-Michi or Ginkakuji-Mae
Cost: 500 yen
Happy Terrace @ Kyoto StationAnother Lonely Planet recommendation that was time well spent. Convenient on your way in or out of the city.
The happy terrace, on the top floor of the station, gives you some pretty views of Kyoto and somewhere to rest your laurels before/after a trip. It would also make a lovely picnic stop, or go back down to the 10th floor for some Ramen.
Cafe GreenI'm including this place simply because it's somewhere that does good food western style, for when you just want a bit of home.
Station: Get off a Gion bus stop. It's location off the main drag in Gion bus station or Shijo if you're getting trains.