It really depends on where you are travelling from?
Kyoto is probably one of the safest places in the world (bar the possibility of an earthquake, which are regular all over Japan) - You will have no problems getting around. They have a fantastic transportation system and everything is very laid out and easily accessible. You can walk around without worry basically anywhere in the city. The only real hurdle you will find is trying to get around the language/reading barrier!
Jesse - World Nomads Safety Hub about 5 years ago
There are few must see places in Kyoto and they are quite far apart, so taking the train is a very good idea.
Go see Kinkakuji and Gion for sightseeing and Shijo dori for restaurants. about 5 years agoAnswered by John Bardos - JetSetCitizen.com via WorldNomads.com
I tried this on my first day in Kyoto, and while it is easy to get around, it takes a long time to travel between sights. If your just exploring the inner city then it's probably fine, but if you want to see the temples and shrines around the city then I would recommend hiring a bike for the day. Just make sure you have a good map handy as a lot of the streets don't have names. almost 5 years ago