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Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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Tokyo
| 2 days or 3 days
Hotel pickup

Overview

At a glance
Category: Day Trips
Duration: 2 days or 3 days
Highlights
Led by a local guide
Multi-Day Trip
Rail Tour
Lunch included
Hotel pickup included
Description
Choose from the 2-day or 3-day tours of Kyoto and Nara, which include all transportation; accommodation in Kyoto at your choice of a first class or tourist class hotel; a professional guide to show you the sights during the day; evenings free to spend as you choose; and lunch on the first and second days. Ask your friendly guide or hotel staff for recommendations of where to find other great meals.

Have the option to return to Tokyo late on the second day or remain in Kyoto for one more day, the choice is up to you depending on whether you choose a 2-day or 3-day tour. Please note, you will be taken to the train station to catch your bullet train but the guide will not accompany you on the train journeys. You will be met in both Tokyo and Kyoto for transfer between your hotel and the train.

Both the 2-day and 3-day options are detailed in the Itinerary below. Note that Day 1 and the daytime portion of Day 2 are the same for both tours.
Inclusions
1 or 2 nights accommodation (depending on the tour option you select)
Round-trip bullet train tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto
Morning and afternoon sightseeing tours of Kyoto
Professional guide
Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
Hotel pickup and drop-off at select hotels in Tokyo
Gratuities (optional)
Baggage handling

Location

Meeting point
ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (Concierge on 2F)
Asakusa View Hotel (Hotel lobby)
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (Concierge)
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel (Bell desk)
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (Bell desk on 2F)
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (Bell desk)
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (World Trade Centre Building Annex on 1F)
Hotel Grand Palace (Bell desk)
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (Bell desk)
Hotel New Otani (Main building on 1F waiting lounge/banquet floor)
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (JTB Sunrise Tours check-in counter, Main Building on 3F)
Osaki Station (West Exit Bus Terminal)
Shiba Park Hotel (Hotel lobby, Annex building)
Sunshine City Prince Hotel (Bell desk)
Washington Hotel Shinjuku (Information, Main building on 3F)

Reviews

Jul 2018

Great trip! The tour company guided us through the entire tour which helped greatly. We had a great time.

Jun 2018

Excellent tour and organization

Mar 2018

This was really an excellent tour. We saw a lot and it was extremely well organized:
Pros: 1. You are picked up from your hotel we were at the Keio Plaza and brought to the Tokyo train station by the tour guide who places you on the train with your group. Seats are assigned so no rushing to get a good seat.
2. As soon as you exit the train you are told to just stay put. There was someone already there to pick us up, bring us to lunch and then direct us to the tour bus. Lunch was excellent. Then the afternoon tour begins. There is no possibility of getting lost.
3. The first tour is to Nara. The large Buddha is amazing. You can actually go inside of it. A trip to Kasuga Taisha Shrine and seeing and feeding the free roaming sacred deer is amazing.
4. We stayed at the Kyoto Hotel Okura which provided excellent breakfast buffet and excellent room and service.
5.The 2nd day was also well organized. The castle, Gold Pavilion and Imperial Palace were amazing.
6. Having the 3rd day on our own was a bonus. We took cabs to the Monkey Park, the Gian District and the thousands of traditional gates that make up the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. Cabs are not as expensive in Kyoto. We had plenty of time to get back to the hotel and be escorted to the train and then to our hotel in Tokyo.
7. This tour was well worth the price considering that bullet train and hotel and all entrance fees as well as lunch are included.
Cons: 1. If you stay at the Okura hotel breakfast will be extra. The breakfast buffet though is delicious.
2. Wear your broken in comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking.
Overall an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it.

Mar 2018

Amazing tour, great accommodation, the tour guides were very friendly and helpful.
The tour is really complete, the main stops are awesome. I strongly recommend it.

Feb 2018

The 2-Day tour to Kyoto and Nara was amazing. Very well organized. I highly recommend to take this tour!

Dec 2017

What was impressive about the tour was how well it was organized. Every event was on time with well spoken informative guides who were friendly, polite and personable. While popular shrines and temples were visited that would be in travel guides, the tour provided the ability to see sights in a short period of time that you would probably be able to do on your own. If it is your first visit to Japan, personalized guidance to the Bullet Train departure platforms as well as local trains if you are staying outside of Tokyo is provided at all destinations. Any of the hotels offered standard, traditional Japanese or luxury is perfectly acceptable. This tour is highly recommended,

Nov 2017

Very well organized tour. Guides were very good.

Oct 2017

What an amazing Tour...Saw beautiful places and experienced the bullet Train....Recommend it to all

Jul 2018

Lots of wasted time on this tour. Poorly organized. We were sent to one train station for which we paid a large taxi fare then waited an hour and a half only to be taken to Tokyo Station which was closer to our hotel to start. We were asked to be there at 8AM for a train ride at 10:30. Bullet train was the best part of this tour. In Kyoto and Nara I thought I would scream if they showed me another Temple or shrine. Entire tour consists of temples and shrines, the entire group was complaining. Hotel was very good, right across from station. Second day tour of Kyoto consisted of a visit to Golden Palace and more temples and shrines with a cafeteria style lunch, complete with coupon. Just awful. This entire trip can be done in 1 day round trip. By the way the price was very, very expensive. I don't recommend this tour

Jul 2018

Not much to see. After a while, we were being shown temples that were made for tourism and had no historic meaning.

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