The last few years have seen an increase in the number of bike rental stores in Kyoto. It proves that the bike is the best way to visit Kyoto at your own pace.
The city is almost flat, and riding along the river is a delight.
On the North-East side of Kyoto, along the river, there is a bike rental store called Carillon
that offers competitive prices (500 yens for a day, 750 yen for 24h, 2 000 yen for a week, 2 500 yen for 2 weeks).
Be careful, it is forbidden to park in the streets around to the train stations and in the city center.
Parking patrols pass several times a week to tow bikes parked in unauthorized areas. Make sure to park your bike in designated parking area (about 150 yens for 8 hours).
For walking enthusiasts, it is quite easy to visit the East side of the city and the center with good shoes.