It's located in central Kyoto in an area dotted with historic temples and shines. The campus is large (333 acres) and pleasant.
Kyoto University's guiding philosophy is a "spirit of freedom". Several Kyodai professors spoke out bravely against the growing militarism and suppression of civil liberties in Japan leading up to WWII. This tradition of liberalism continues at Kyoto University today (many of Japan's top universities are conservative, right wing institutions).
The free spirit of Kyoto University seems to be working. Graduates of Kyoto University include Japanese politicians and noted philosophers, economists, and scientists. It's alumni also includes 6 Nobel Laureates.
Kyoto University is also a top school for athletics with 48 varsity teams. Kyodai is particularly good at baseball (Kansai Big Six).
Most of the students of Kyoto University join university clubs. There are clubs for sports, hobbies and interests.
Whatever the club the main activity is partying. Japanese University students seldom go to class.
Official site: http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp