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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

321 reviews
| 12 hours 30 minutes
Hotel pickup


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Category: Day Trips, Tours
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Rail Tour
Choice of seating available
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Hotel pickup included
After early morning pickup at selected Tokyo hotels or the designated meeting location (depending on the tour option you select), transfer to Tokyo Station where you catch the bullet train (Shinkansen) to Kyoto. As you look out of the train window on a clear day, catch sight of revered Mt Fuji. After a 2-hour journey, arrive at mid-day to Kyoto Station where your local guide welcomes you.

Enjoy a Western-style lunch at the New Miyako Hotel before beginning your afternoon city tour in Kyoto. After your meal, travel by comfortable coach to the spectacular Heian-jingu Shrine, a Shinto structure built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100 year anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. The shrine's design reproduced the architecture of an Emperor’s palace from an earlier era. Outside, walk through the lush gardens next to a large pond.

Next, travel to Sanjusangen-do Temple and marvel at its long wooden structure. Walk inside and be amazed by the main deity of the temple, the Thousand Armed Kannon, who is flanked by 1,000 life-size Buddhist statues that date to the 12th and 13th centuries. Listen as your guide explains the history and significance of the stunning temple.

Afterward, head to the hills for great views over Kyoto and a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a temple with several magnificent buildings, situated on a hilltop. Hear from your guide about the amazing construction of the temple, which doesn't use any nails. Note the Otowa spring that flows under the temple’s main hall; legend says that anyone who sips its waters will be granted a wish.

After a full afternoon of sightseeing in Kyoto, your guide brings you to the train station in the evening for your return to Tokyo on the bullet train.
Round-trip bullet train tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kyoto
Professional guide
Admissions to local attractions
Hotel pickup and drop-off (only if you select "First Class (Green Car)" or "Standard Car" option at checkout)
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if you select "Standard Car/No Hotel Transfer" at checkout)


Meeting point
If you select "First Class (Green Car)" or "Standard Car" option, please select from the following hotels/locations:
  • ANA InterContinental Tokyo
  • Asakusa View Hotel
  • Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
  • Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
  • Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
  • Hotel Grand Palace
  • Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Main Bldg.)
  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
  • Shiba Park Hotel (Annex Bldg.)
  • Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
  • Sunshine City Prince Hotel
If you select "Standard Car/No Hotel Transfer" option at checkout, no hotel pickup is included. Please meet with your group at Tokyo City i near Tokyo Station (located at KITTE Basement Floor (1F))


May 2018

The Bullet Train is an experience worth trying. You won't believe how fast the country side blurs past your window! If it's an option for you, I highly recommend selecting the 1st class ticket. 2nd class seemed fine - but was sold out - which means you were shoulder-to-shoulder with other passengers, similar to coach seats on a plane. But 1st class was practically empty. I was seated at a 4-seat banket with a little table in the middle. And I was the only one - so I got all four seats and the table to myself! Arriving in Kyoto, we were quickly ushered onto a tour bus and taken to three temples - each more beautiful and inspirational than the last. If I had more time, I would have loved to spend several days in Kyoto. There are dozens of temples, and we only had time to see three. This tour is fast-paced and you walk A LOT. Not including time spend on trains, my Fit Bit recorded about 7 miles of walking and 12 stories of stairs.

May 2018

Love it, it was amazing and someone from the company was with us alwaya

May 2018

Excelent trip... Higly recommended... In fact you should take more than one day... Kyoto is amazing... Temples, the food, the experience, everything is great

Apr 2018

This tour was fantastic very well organised all attending staff were very efficient and friendly the scenery and Bullet Train a wonderful experience we chose to travel in first class service it was excellent - although a long day it was totally worth it the scenery was amazing we will be returning to Tokyo and will do another trip with Viator.

Mar 2018

Highly recommend. The bullet train ride was amazing. The trip was very well coordinated with guides to help us from hotel pickup to drop off.

Mar 2018

Perfect for people who don’t want to think where to go, met tour assistant who held our hand until we got on the bullet train and sat in our seats. The Kyoto guides were less hands on. Lastly, wanted to see Fushimi-Ku and the guide suggested when we can abandon the tour, best experience ever!

Mar 2018

This was the exact trip I wanted to do to Kyoto since I didn't have much time off in Tokyo. To be clear, it is a very quick, fast paced tour of 3 sites in Kyoto plus a ride on the bullet train. It is a long day and the tour does not spend much time at each site. At the last site, there is a ton of shopping and you will have 30-45 minutes to browse around. Our guide KC was knowledgeable and spoke English very well.

Jul 2018

It was a great experience travelling in a Shinkansen. And especially if you are a first time or lone traveller. However, as the Travel is quite long, the tour in Kyoto was really compressed and you only have ample time to go around. Rain during my trip made it even more difficult but the experience is memorable and enjoyable.

Apr 2018

Bullet train ride was excellent as we had a great view of mt.fuji on our way, although it was a bit cramped up tour to explore Kyoto, the tour guide did extremely well to keep us entertained.

Mar 2018

A long trip by bullet train to see a couple of temples. And I didnt see what I wanted to see

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