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Here are some model tour courses, which might help you in making your plan in Kyoto.

(1) Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts & Heian Shrine (total 2 hours on foot)
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts:
More than 60 various types of traditional crafts in Kyoto are displayed here.
Some artisans are demonstrating their skilful techniques at the craftman corners.
Open daily except Aug.15 &16 and the year-end and the New Year holidays. 09:00-17:00 Admission Free

Heian Shrine:
Two emperors are enshrined in this shrine. Built in 1895 in commemoration of the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of the capital in Kyoto. Strolling its beautiful sacred garden is highly recommendable.
Open daily. Admission to the garden; 600yen
(2) Yuzen Dyeing & Nijo Castle (total 3 hours on foot)
Yuzen Workshop "Marumasu-Nishimuraya":
Yuzen is one of techniques of dyeing the figures on textiles by hand-writing or using paper stencils. At the workshop near Nijo Castle, you can experience of dyeing elegant colorful patterns on handkerchief or others by stencil method. Their web site has a Flash demo and all the particulars.
Open daily except Jan.1,2,3. 09:00-18:00
Fees depending on items 1,260yen up

Nijo Castle
Built in 1603 by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for his residence in Kyoto. You can grasp a part of the life of Tycoon by seeing the inside of the castle and the magnificent garden.
Open daily except Tuesdays in Jan. Jul. Aug. and Dec. as well as the year-end and the New Year holidays.
08:45-16:00 Admission; 600yen
(3) Kiyomizu Pottery & Kiyomizu Temple (total 3 hours, on foot)
Kawai Kanjiro's House
Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966) was a potter and a key figure of Japanese folk art movement. His house, including his studio and a climbing kiln, is now museum, which displays his ceramics and some of his sculaptures and woodcarvings.
Open daily except Mondays and mid-Aug. as well as the year-end and the New Year holidays. 10:00-17:00
Admission;900yen

Kiyomizu Temple
Located at the middle of the eastern mountains, this temple was established in 778. The Main Hall houses the Goddess of Mercy, a symbol of Buddhist belief for more than 1,200 years. From the Kiyomizu Stage which is extended over a precipice, you can command a magnificent view of Kyoto's city center.
Open daily.06:00-18:00(ordinary) Admission 400yen

(4) Nishijin Textile & Old Imperial Palace (total 3 hours, using a city bus)
Orinasukan Handmade Fablics Museum
This museum shows us the most exquisite textile products the weavers in the Nishijin district can accomplish, such as Noh costumes. You can see the weaving process by visiting the atelier nearby which includes some traditional hand looms and the workshops of weavers who continue to produce obi by tried and true method.
Open daily except Mondays. 10:00-16:00
Admission; 500yen.
Atelier opens weekdays only.

the Old Imperial Palace
A large expanse of gravel surrounds the outer wall of the old Imperial Palace. Inside the wall, it preserves the look and ambiance of the Palace as it has been in the time of Japan's ancient dynasties.
Open everydays exept Mondays and the New Year holidays and other special days.
Admission; free
(5) Makie-Lacquer & Kinkakuji Temple (total 4 hours using a city bus)
Makie Artisan Hirano
Makie is one of the decorative "urushi" lacquer techniques using gold or silver powder. Yuichi Hirano, a Makie master craftsman explains about this unique technique which has more than 1,000 year history. In his house, you can learn the charm of Makie lacquer through hands-on experience. Open on request. 0930-1800
Fees 3,500yen up depending on items.
Also, tea ceremony can be arranged on request here. Fee; 1,500yen per person.

Kinkakuji Temple
Perhaps the most well-known zen temple in Japan. The main pavilion is covered in gold leaf and simmers in front of a pond. Used to be a part of the villa for the retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408).
Open daily 09:00-17:00. Admission 400yen

The above are merely a part of our idea. Feel free to arrange the combination of the places to visit as you like.