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

151 reviews
| 2 days or 3 days
Hotel pickup


At a glance
Category: Day Trips
Duration: 2 days or 3 days
Led by a local guide
Multi-Day Trip
Rail Tour
Lunch included
Hotel pickup included
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.
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


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)


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

Aug 2017

This trip was fabulous from beginning to end. The tour company took care of every detail including putting us on the Bullet Train in Tokyo, meeting us on the platform in Kyoto and reversing this process to get us back again. This attention to all the details allowed us to enjoy the beauty of the countryside and the splendors of Kyoto because they took very good care of us. We would take this tour again. Loved it.

Jul 2017

This tour was amazing!

Oct 2017

We had a really good time. A very well organised and planned 2 days - all went like clockwork. Trains buses etc all worked very well. The stay in the New Miyako Hotel was perfectly good and very convenient - positioned right by the station with its many food and drink facilities - really useful for the evening after the day 1 tour. First day we had no issues at all - a good lunch in previously mentioned hotel, and a good tour to Nara with good guides. Second day consisted of two good separate tours to various parts of Kyoto - one morning and one afternoon tour. However, between these two tours we felt we were 'abandoned' with over two hours to fill at a small craft centre which was near to nothing else in town, and which was pretty limited in entertainment value. The included lunch both Western and Japanese food at the craft centre was of very poor quality, totally cold, and in somewhat downmarket surroundings and definitely not befitting what was a fairly expensive tour. It did take the shine off an otherwise great experience and much enjoyed couple of days.

Sep 2017

Well organised, guides good but difficult to understand, interesting sights, accomodation good.
Maybe a little rushed.

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