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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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.


  • Full-day tour to Kyoto by bullet train, from Tokyo
  • Catch great views of Mt Fuji from the train on a clear day
  • Learn from your guide about Kyoto’s rich heritage as you see three important highlights
  • Visit Sanjusangen-do Hall, Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple on an afternoon tour
  • Get great views over Kyoto from a hilltop temple
  • Have your choice of standard or first-class bullet train ticket
  • Includes pickup from selected Tokyo hotels and lunch in Kyoto

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you're short on time but don't want to miss Kyoto, this is the way to go. The guides for this tour are especially personable and caring and make the long day fly by.

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an excellent experience. All the tour personnel were highly professional and very attentive. Every detail was taken care of by the guides. I especially appreciated the attention they took to making sure we got on the right train to Kyoto because I found the train stations in Tokyo very confusing. The guide in Kyoto, JC, was very good. She told us interesting information about each site and also entertained us with amusing stories from previous tours. I thought she was a highlight of the tour. I would definitely recommend your company to anyone who wants a quality tour at a very reasonable price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, everyone that assisted were very nice and everything was organized very well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great Tour with bullet train experience and excellent tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well organised tour with helpful staff at each stage of the trip. Fantastic tour guide in Kyoto- very entertaining and informative. Great locations visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour !! Everything was perfect from the beginning. We met a very kind and professional Japanese tour guide in Kyoto. We will come back soon in this fantastic country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was excellent! Kudos to KC, our tour guide in Kyoto. He was an excellent guide, with his insights and entertaining comments. He sure did make the tour so much fun, despite the heat. THANKS!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

First rate service, as expected of Viator. Everything was smooth and very pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guides very helpful and always on call

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The places were amazing but it was rushed. The train and food were good. The guides were very helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


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