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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights (approx.)
From USD $595.65

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Leave Tokyo on the bullet train to visit the heritage-filled cities of Kyoto and Nara, staying overnight in Kyoto, on your choice of a guided 2-day or 3-day excursion. Visit Nara’s many gorgeous temples and shrines on the first afternoon, then have a full-day tour of Kyoto’s highlights on the second day. Have the option of a second night in Kyoto, with the third day free to explore the city further. Return trip by bullet train to Tokyo and hotel transfer is included on both tours.

Highlights

  • 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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pickup is available at the following select hotels/locations in Tokyo:
ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Cerulean Tower Tokyu, Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza, Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, Hyatt Regency, Keio Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Tokyo in Ikebukuro, New Sanno, Tokyo Dome Hotel, New Otani Tokyo, and Tokyo Station
Departure Time:
  • 7:40am from Cerulean Tower Tokyu and Metropolitan Tokyo (Ikebukuro) 
  • 7:50am from New Otani Tokyo
  • 8:05am from Hyatt Regency, New Sanno and Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
  • 8:15am from Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza
  • 8:20am from Tokyo Dome and ANA InterContinental Tokyo
  • 8:40am from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
  • 9:10am from Tokyo Station


Please contact the local tour operator after booking to confirm your departure time
    Duration:
    2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights
    Return Details:

    Concludes at the Tokyo Station at approximately 9:00 - 9:15pm

    Hotel drop-off is available for select hotels


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    2 Day New Miyako Hotel
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    Accommodation at the tourist class New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    2 Day Gion Yoshi-ima Hotel
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    Accommodation at the Japanese-style Gion Yoshi-ima Hotel in Kyoto and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    2 Day Hotel Okura
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    Accommodation at the 1st class Kyoto Hotel Okura and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    2 Day Okura 1st Class GC
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    Accommodation at the 1st class Kyoto Hotel Okura and ticket for Green Car premium reserved seating on bullet train

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    3 Day New Miyako Hotel
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    Accommodation at the tourist class New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    3 Day Gion Yoshi-ima Hotel
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    Accommodation at the Japanese-style Gion Yoshi-ima Hotel in Kyoto and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    3 Day Hotel Okura
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    Accommodation at the 1st class Kyoto Hotel Okura and ticket for reserved seating on bullet train

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    3 Day Hotel Okura 1st Class GC
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    Accommodation at the 1st class Kyoto Hotel Okura and ticket for Green Car premium reserved seating on bullet train

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

    Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
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    Inclusions:
    • 1 or 2 nights accommodation
    • Tokyo to Kyoto return trip by Bullet train
    • Morning and afternoon sightseeing tours of Kyoto
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off at select hotels in Tokyo only
    Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Baggage handling
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Pickup is only available from select locations in Tokyo. Please refer to “Departure Point” for listed locations
    • Please note: Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
    • If your hotel is not listed, please select Hamamatsucho Bus Station at checkout and wait for your bus there by the scheduled time on the day of travel
    • Please provide the local contact information of your accommodation to the tour operator at least 3 days prior to your travel date so they may contact you for anything urgent, otherwise, your tour operator will not confirm this booking
    • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and, if Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed. When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead
    Itinerary:
    Day 1: Tokyo – Nara – Kyoto (L)
    After morning pickup at your hotel or meeting at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, you are transferred to Tokyo Station to catch your bullet train to Kyoto. Look out the train window and hope to catch sight of Mt Fuji, weather permitting. At mid-day, arrive in Kyoto Station where you are met by your guide. Enjoy a welcome lunch at the New Miyako Hotel before traveling one hour by comfortable coach to Nara.

    The first capital of Japan was established in Nara in 710 and the city boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Your guide takes you to one of Japan’s most historically significant temples, the Todai-ji Temple, from the 8th-century. Walk through the Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall) and admire the giant bronze statue of the Buddha. Continue to Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a renowned Shinto shrine that is spectacularly lit by 3,000 antique bronze and stone lanterns. Finish the afternoon by strolling through Deer Park (Nara Park) and marveling at the hundreds of freely roaming tame deer. You can even buy food for the deer if you wish!

    On your way back to Kyoto, stop into Nara Nagomikan, a large souvenir shop that specializes in food products and other goods made in Nara. Have the evening free in Kyoto to spend at your leisure.

    Overnight: Kyoto (tourist class: New Miyako Hotel, Rihga Royal Hotel or similar; first class: Kyoto Hotel Okura, Hotel Monterey Kyoto or similar)

    Day 2: Kyoto, or Kyoto – Tokyo (L)
    Get an early start for a full-day guided tour of the highlights of Kyoto. Your first stop takes you to Nijo Castle, which was built in the early 1600s for the Tokugawa Shogun. Then head to one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, Kinkaku-ji Temple, known for its shimmering Golden Pavilion and exquisite Japanese gardens. After taking in Kinkaku-ji, visit the Emperor of Japan’s former residence, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and follow your guide around the architecturally stunning complex.

    Take a break and enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. After eating, continue your city tour at Sanjusangen-do Temple, where you can take in the world's longest wooden structure, which holds 1,001 life-size Buddhist statues that date to the 13th century. Head to the stunning Heian-jingu Shrine, built in 1895 to celebrate Kyoto’s 1,100 years of existence.

    Get great views over Tokyo from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a hilltop temple with several gorgeous buildings. Water from the Otowa spring flows under the temple’s main hall and is reputed to grant a wish to anyone who takes a sip.

    In the evening, you have the option of returning to Tokyo by bullet train to end your tour. Or choose the 3-day option and stay another night in Kyoto.

    Overnight: Kyoto (tourist class: New Miyako Hotel, Rihga Royal Hotel or similar; first class: Kyoto Hotel Okura, Hotel Monterey Kyoto or similar)

    Day 3: Kyoto – Tokyo
    Spend the day exploring Kyoto at your leisure, then catch the bullet train back to Tokyo in the evening where your tour ends.

    Please note: If any sites in Kyoto or Nara are closed on the day of your visit, a substitute site will be visited. Both cities have a wealth of amazing places to see.
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    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: anne, November 2016

    Very well organized. My accommodations were great. The guide was very good with a great sense of humor. I would recommend this as a good way of seeing Kyoto and the neighboring area.

    Reviewed by: Baxy, October 2016

    Brilliant trip, all very well arranged. Kyoto and Nara are very crowded tourist destinations so good to have planned visits. Some guides were better than others! Transfers all worked well. All things Japanese are very punctual and efficient.