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1-Day Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Chiyoda City, Japan
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12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


See the highlights of Kyoto on a full-day tour from Tokyo. Learn about the history of the region from your guide as you visit top attractions including Mt Fuji, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Sanjusangen-do Hall, and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Kyoto, and take a round-trip ride on the super-speed bullet train.
  • Full-day tour to Kyoto by bullet train
  • Catch great views of Mt Fuji from the train on a clear day
  • Visit Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimi Inari Taisha, and Kiyomizu-dera Temple on an afternoon tour
  • Get great views over Kyoto from a hilltop temple
  • Lunch included
  • Have your choice of standard or first-class bullet train ticket
Catch the morning bullet train (Shinkansen) to Kyoto. As you look out of the train window on a clear day, catch sight of revered Mt Fuji. After the approximately 2-hour journey, arrive at mid-day to Kyoto Station where your local guide welcomes you.

Upon arrival enjoy a Western-style lunch in an elegant hotel restaurant. Then, travel on foot to the nearby tour operator desk before beginning your comprehensive city tour. Travel by comfortable coach to the spectacular Fushimi Inari Taisha, located at the base of Mt Inari. Discover the head shrine to the god Inari and marvel at its numerous shrine gates.

Take a moment of quiet reflection within the temple and see the colossal size of the Thousand-Armed Kannon, an altar flanked by more than a 1,000 life-size statues dedicated the Buddhist deities. Afterward, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and hear the story behind the temple's construction from your guide.

After your city tour, return to the station for the bullet train back to Tokyo.

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Perfect day trip!
, Aug 2019
Just a perfectly planned trip. Very well organised. Must visit Kyoto on bullet train. We got to see Mt. Fuji on our way after 40 mins ride towards Kyoto from the train. Very helpful and caring staff
Great tour with a local in Tokyo!
, Jul 2019
Excellent Buffet Lunch offered in Miyako, Kyoto. Well organized bus, polite tours ladies. Very comfortable, fast bullet train. Only missing pieces: Main structure at First shinto shrine is under construction and 2nd stop at the 500 year old buddhist temple is not allowed photography.
Too little time
, Jun 2019
Guide kept us running throughout our tour. No time to really enjoy the places. People were terrified to be left behind. I felt we needed more time to walk around and less time dropping everybody off after the tour was over
Kyoto rail tour by bullet train from tokyo
, Jun 2019
The direction to the first pick up was unclear. There was a name of a company on the email notification but the company name was no where to be found in the building. We went to the tourist shop and asked for Viator and they have no idea what it was. So we asked them if they know where the tour to Kyoto is, then they told us that we were in fact at the place to gather, we just got lucky. Tours in Kyoto were too rushed. We only had about one hour for each of the 3 sites, including walking to and from the carpark to the sites. The first site was very crowded and we were literally 2 mins. late returning to the meeting point and the group left already for the carpark. The third site was on a hill and has a lot to see and we wished we could have stayed longer. The guide has a good sense of humour.
Bullet train to Kyoto
, Jun 2019
The first guide was friendly and helpful at Tokyo and made sure we were on the correct train. The second guide was friendly and informative about the area. The third guide was very serious and walked very fast so we found it difficult to see and enjoy the sights as we were worried she would leave us. The food was excellent . On the whole the tour was enjoyable.
history and shopping
Monica M
, May 2019
We enjoyed thawed JTB ours organised the day trip with taxi to Tokyo station and back o hotel and guide that walked us to the platform of Shinkansen train. We particularly enjoyed our lunch at the hotel in Kyoto and our Tokyo guide (Ashitso- apologies if I spelled the name wrong) Kyoto shines were wonderful and the pottery is unique. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The Japanese really know who to look after their guests.
Tour of Kyoto
, May 2019
We were very well taken care of on our tour from Tokyo to Kyoto and while in Kyoto. The Shinkansen ride was fantastic and our tour guides were amazing!
a busy but great option if you have just one day to visit kyoto
Melissa B
, Apr 2019
My son and I had limited time to see kyoto. The total time of this tour is about 12 hrs. The tour was very well organized. Tour guides make sure you get on the train and you are met on the other side. The actual tour is 4 hrs and three temples. it is a quick sampling of Kyoto but perfect if you have limited time
Highlight of our Trip to Japan
, Mar 2019
For a one day trip, this was a great introduction to Kyoto. We were a bit rushed at times, but that just left us wanting more. Next time we come to Japan, we will stay in Kyoto. What a great tour of an amazing city.
Ambitious and Fraught with Anxiety
, Oct 2018
We were seeking a Bullet train experience and the flavor of Kyoto’s history. We got that but wrapped in a schedule that was too ambitious for time allotted mixed with periods of downtime. Perhaps it’s personal taste, but felt like we either glossed over the details at the temples or were so rushed that we didn’t have time to properly explore the unique characteristics, so why bother? The guide was capable but knowledge was superficial and unable to answer questions about some of the unusual elements. Logistics were overly ambitious and caused rushing to fit 10 pounds of activity in a 5 pound bag. All the staff were very polite and accommodating but were put in tough situations by the aggressive timeline. Tick the box on bullet train and seeing a few of Kyoto’s offerings but swing and miss on much of the detail and flavor that makes Kyoto so unique.

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