We are thinking of doing a Sunrise Tour in Kyoto... pick-up and return at our hotel in Osaka... 7:20 am to 6:30 pm. For 24,000 yen (about $240US total) they will take us to see Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Kitano Tenmangu (instead of the Imperial Palace since it's closed on Sunday), Kyoto Handicraft Center, Helan Shrine, Sanju-Sangendo Hall, Kiyomizu Temple.
Do you think we can see most of those sights on our own by taking taxis to each venue... and perhaps see the Gion area and maybe even do some of the Philosopher's Walk? We have $240US to do it by ourselves... which is the price of the Sunrise Tour!
Or should we just take the Sunrise Tour...
Input would be most welcome.