Kinkaku-ji is a very popular sight, with its golden temple. Of course, when anyway visiting Kyoto, it is a place that should be visited, but make sure to be prepared for queues…
Fushimi-Inari Taisha is most famous for the torii path leading up the side of the mountain. The fox is the main symbol, and can be found everywhere. The area dates very far back in the past, with earliest structures around 711.
If you visit, take a longer walk all the way to the top. Close to the entrance, there are so many tourists that there are long queues to see the torii gates, but the higher you climb, the less people you will encounter.
The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of many UNESCO World heritages in Kyoto. It was founded in 778. It is a quite large area on the side of the hill. It is famous for the big “stage”, overlooking Kyoto.
Tenryu-ji is one of many UNESCO World Heritage Site in Japan. A very nice temple with an even more lovely park. A must to visit when being in Kyoto.
The Tofuki-ji temple is the oldest and largest temple in Kyoto, dating back to 1236. The area have several temples and and parks.
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
The Higashi Hongan-ji temple is located very central in Kyoto, and is a quite large temple that you can visit, and which is still being used. Only 10 minutes from Kyoto station, and nice to visit together with a visit to the Shoseien garden and Nishi Hongan-ji Temple.
The Byodo-in Temple is quite well known, probably because it also happens to appear on the 10 Yen coin. The park surrounding the temple is quite small, but there is a museum part of the part with quite some information about the history.
Ishiyama-dera is located a bit outside Kyoto, in the Shiga prefecture. Founded in the 800 century. Nice park and all, but not the easiest place to get to.