So the next morning we hopped on the hotel's Japanese bikes with their big baskets and brilliant locking mechanisms and headed out for a day of museum visits and sight seeing. The verdict? If you're ever in Kyoto, absolutely, definitely, without question TAKE THE BIKES! Kyoto is the perfect biking city with few steep hills to climb and a population that happily tolerates bike riders. I hadn't had this much fun on a bicycle since I was a kid.
To commemorate the day, here are a couple of photos of Felix and me with our bikes:
And here is a video of us biking through Kyoto. Sorry for the shaky video but it was my flip camera on Japanese bicycle while trying not to kill myself: