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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

303 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))


Arvind G,
Jan 2018

It was my desire to travel on bullet train since PM Modi had also travelled along with PM Abe.Also Goverment of INDIA is starting Bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai with Japanese technology at very soft loan.The train journey was very smooth,started well in time and we could see Mt Fuji very closely .Kyoto was very beautiful,All temples were very well kept and clean.I simply loved this journey.I recommend every one to do this.

Agamani S,
Jan 2018

It was excellent!

Jan 2018

This was a great trip. The tour operators were friendly and well organised. The Bullet train is perfect. Kyoto offered a chance to see some of traditional Japan with many people in traditional dress visiting the temple.

Kim D,
Jan 2018

This was an amazing tour from start to finish. We were looked after every step of the way. Highly recommend this trip.

kishlaya m,
Dec 2017

great tour by bullet train. very well organised by professionals.just sit back and enjoy. kyoto is a great city to visit and understand the rich history of the city. no problem at all during the tour.

Dec 2017

This was a great tour on the train. Definitely worth having reserve seats on the bullet train. The train hostess was spot on by saying we would be passing Mt Fuji at xx hour and yy minutes. Phenomenal views.

Kytoto is a beautiful city

roger w,
Dec 2017

A must! Perfect organisation, helpful guide Do not afraid, literally holding your hand and putting you to your seat at Shinkansen. The bullet train itself is already a big adventure! One of the best day of our Japan - tour. Kyoto must be visited anyway!

Nov 2017

Our tour was great. Tour guide KC was very informative and entertaining.

Sampath T,
Jan 2018

Overall an excellent trip though Kyoto wasn't that well organised since other cos were also mixed up Ifelt

Andlen R,
Dec 2017

I was so very disappointed with this tour! I have been to Kyoto before and was excited to see it again and to share it's beauty with my family, instead we were rushed from one site to another and very little time to actually see anything. There were 3 sights total that we stopped at - 1st sight the shrine - we were given 30 minutes and that included the walk to and from bus 2nd sight temple - we had 40 min to get back to the bus 3rd sight we were given 1 hour - it was a long walk up the steps to the top of the shrine and an amazing view - there are many shops and restaurants along the way and a beautiful walking trail you could take down that wound around through several of the other buildings - no time for shopping, no time to stop and eat dinner, and we were told if we did the walking trail down we would have to hurry as the bus was not waiting....
it ended up being a 13 hour day with 2 hours rushing through a few sights - I would NOT recommend this tour. You should definitely see Kyoto, but do a different tour. again - so disappointed!