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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $369.80

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If you want to see the highlights of beautiful Kyoto but have limited time, zip there and back by bullet train (Shinkansen) on this full-day tour from Tokyo. See Mt Fuji from the train, then visit Kyoto highlights including Sanjusangen-do Hall, Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple on an afternoon city tour with an expert guide. Enjoy lunch upon arrival in Kyoto and transport by comfortable coach during the tour. Return to Tokyo on the evening bullet train to complete your excursion.


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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 Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, 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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

Departs from select hotels in Tokyo (ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Cerulean Tower Tokyu, Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza, Hyatt Regency, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, Metropolitan Tokyo (Ikebukuro), New Otani Tokyo, New Sanno, Tokyo Dome) or from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal

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
12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:

Concludes at Tokyo Station at approximately 9:15pm

Hotel drop-off is available for select hotels only

Pricing information

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First Class (Green Car)
Code: QT1D

First-class reserved seat on shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto

USD $459.13
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Standard Class
Code: QT1A

Standard-class reserved seat on shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto

USD $369.80
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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

  • Round-trip bullet train tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kyoto
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
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
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Important Note: Hotel pickup is only available at select hotels in Tokyo (please refer to Departure Point for details). It is important to select the hotel at checkout
  • Please provide your local contact information or your hotel phone number at checkout so the local tour operator may contact you for anything urgent. Otherwise, your booking may be rejected due to lack of information
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Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 7 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: Mary K C, December 2016

Fantastic tour! I was the only person going from Tokyo that day. I was met at my hotel and then at the transfer bus station by my own private guide. She got me onto the bullet train and didn't leave until it took off. Then, in Kyoto, when the doors of my car opened, another guide was waiting for me to take to to an excellent, excellent lunch at a nearby hotel. Then, yet another guide got me to a city tour where there were other travelers and we saw the major sites of Kyoto. Then, the process was reversed to get me home. I felt pampered, safe and I had a great time. So glad I did this tour!

Reviewed by: Thomas S, November 2016

While not inexpensive this was a great experience. We were amazed with the level of detail and attention provided by the tour operator beginning with hotel pickup, literally walking us onto the train, meet and greet at the other end with lunch, half day bus tour merged with other groups which was probably the best the operator could have offered though not as efficient, then literally walking us back on to the train, and meet and greet and return to our hotel end of day.