If you have the time, it can be nice to make the day trip from Kyoto to Nara. The daibutsuden at Todai-ji is impressive and the deer around town are neat to interact with (although they get annoying after awhile). Lots of cultural stuff, although not much shopping. It may not be worth it if your schedule is tight.
Edited by bamgrinus - 1/6/16 at 11:23am