I'd been to Kyoto once before, but it was only a day trip from Nagoya. A couple weeks ago I spent three nights there and it was amazing. I also managed not to get on the wrong bullet train on the return this time so I would say things went very smoothly.
I especially enjoyed seeing the Arashiyama district where there is a large bamboo forest. Public transportation was pretty easy to use around Kyoto and you can purchase all day bus passes for 500 yen (about $5). Much easier than counting out your change as you exit the bus. After the first ride when it is stamped with the date, just show it to the driver as you leave. It's paid for after about two rides (230 yen per ride).
Here are some snapshots. I'll post some from Tokyo and then back to Oahu and our recent trip to Boston next before getting back to shopping and shoes.
You should be able to click on the pictures to enlarge.
at Nijo Castle
at the Golden Pavilion:
Gion District (parts of Memoirs of a Geisha were filmed here):