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Kyoto Tours from Tokyo

By Viator, August 2017

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If you'e looking for an easy day trip from Tokyo, consider visiting ancient Kyoto, where you'll find a number of temples, gardens, and palaces. From a brief introduction to an immersive experience, here are your options for visiting from Tokyo.

Full-Day Tours
Full-day tours are the perfect option for Tokyo travelers who want to see Kyoto as a side trip during their time in the capital. Most tours include a round-trip bullet train ticket, lunch, and free time to explore famous Kyoto attractions such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, and  Heian-Jingu Shrine.

Multi-Day Tours
If you have time to spare, opt for a multi-day tour from Tokyo that will afford you the flexibility of seeing Japan while letting the experts handle the logistics, hotels, and train tickets. Whether you choose an independent or guided two- or three-day option, enjoy time in Kyoto plus access to top-tier attractions such as Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji, and Nara.

Things to Know
  • Travelers can choose a tour that focuses solely on Kyoto or a multi-day option that also takes in nearby highlights such as Nara, Hiroshima, and Mt. Fuji.
  • Full-day tours can last upwards of 12 hours, so be prepared for a long day.
  • Kyoto is set 280 miles (450 km) west of Tokyo; high-speed bullet train ride takes a little more than two hours, while traveling by road takes about 5.5 hours.
  • Most multi-day trips include round-trip transport and accommodations.
  • Both guided and independent itineraries are available.

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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, null
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Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 306 Reviews

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. ...  Read more

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

From USD $301.30
3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Rail Tours
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3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 143 Reviews

See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $590.52
Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Multi-day Rail Tours
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Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 149 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days or 3 days

From USD $625.86
2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Multi-day Rail Tours
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2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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Venture by bullet train from Tokyo to the historical sites of Nara, and enjoy an overnight stay in Kyoto – the heart of Japanese culture! On this two-day trip, ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $625.86
3-Day Kyoto and Hiroshima Independent Tour by Nozomi Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Multi-day Rail ... 
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3-Day Kyoto and Hiroshima Independent Tour by Nozomi Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Discover Kyoto and Hiroshima, two of Japan’s most famous cities, without the hassle of arranging transportation or hotels on this independent tour. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $405.46
2-Day Mt Fuji and Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo, Tokyo, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Mt Fuji and Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Combine a visit to Mt Fuji with a bullet train ride and Kyoto sightseeing on this activity-filled 2-day tour from Tokyo. Day 1 introduces you to Japan’s ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $527.28

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