A spacious temple with imperial connections60 minutes
Check out Ninnaji's interesting temple grounds. The temple is also famous for its locally cultivated cherry trees called Omuro Cherries and is a good place to visit during the cherry blossom season. Afterwards, consider continuing on to Arashiyama from nearby Omuro-Ninnaji Station.
Daitokuji is a large temple complex with many smaller subtemples and an excellent variety of Zen gardens. Consider visiting Daitokuji on your way to Kinkakuji if you do not mind a temple-heavy morning.
Nijo Castle is a popular attraction due to its beautiful palace building. The castle grounds have several orchards and are a good place to view plum blossoms (late February to early March), cherry blossoms (late March through April), and autumn colors (second half of November).
Toei Uzumasa Eigamura is a fun, period themed amusement park built on the Toei Studios lot. The park is often used for filming historical dramas, and includes a replica Edo Period town, a haunted house, filming demonstrations, and ninja shows.