On a beautiful, sunny day in Kyoto, spending the day at Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) is pretty much perfect. Sure, it can be kind of tricky to reach (at least one train and a bus are involved), but it's completely worth the effort.
Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It's incredibly picturesque, particularly with the surrounding trees turning red.
After viewing Kinkakuji from across the pond, the path leads through the perfectly manicured temple gardens. The gardens hold a few other spots of interest including Anmintaku Pond (which is said to never dry up), and statues that people throw coins at for luck.
Of course, I had to get a matcha and vanilla ice cream while I was there, I've become hideously addicted to them and don't quite know how I'll live without them in Australia ;__;
After finishing up here, I went back into town to explore another of Japan's most celebrated temples: Kiyomizudera. It's a decent walk up a hill to reach it, but the view over Kyoto is spectacular. A gorgeous way to spend my last day in Kyoto