Kodaiji is a temple located east side of Kyoto, near to the famous Kiyomizudera temple and Yasaka shrine. It was built by the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nene. Hideyoshi was the samurai warlord who ruled the Japan in late 16th century, successor of infamous Nobunaga Oda.
Kodaiji is unfortunately not widely known even to Japanese but very worth to visit during your stay in Kyoto. There are nice gardens and ponds, and also bamboo forest.
Also you can enjyo matcha green tea and Japanese confectionery there for a small fee.
To reach Kodaiji, take Kyoto city bus number 206 bound for Gion/Kitaoji bus terminal from Kyoto station(Karasuma exit) and get off at Higashiyama-Yasui. The journey is approximately 20 minutes and 7 minutes walk from the bus stop.