A trip to Horyuji, a Buddhist temple housing some of the oldest wooden building in the world, and Shin-Yakushiji, a less visited temple in Nara.
A visit around Asuka on bicycle, once the capital of Japan during the Asuka period (year 538 to 710).
A trip to famous Arashiyama famous bamboo groves, only to be disappointed by how crowded it was . . . and an unexpected worthy visit to the nearby Tenryuji.
A visit to Uji, a city south of Kyoto known for green tea and its temples and shrines, especially Byodo-in which is imprinted on the back of the 10-yen coin.