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Overview

Immerse yourself in Japan’s captivating culture on a two-day trip to Nara and Kyoto from Tokyo. Board a high velocity bullet train to discover five UNESCO World Heritage-listed highlights with an accomplished guide as you venture to Kyoto’s Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Marvel at the sacred majesty of the Todaijii Temple and Kasuga Shrine in Nara and see all of Kyoto’s spectacular sights on a guided tour of the Helan Shrine and Imperial Palace. Accommodation, transportation, entrance fees and selected meals are all included in this tour.
  • Two-day trip to Kyoto and Nara by rail from Tokyo
  • View the stunning, snow-capped peak of Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen bullet train
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Nara, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine, with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion Temple and Nijo Castle, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus the Imperial Palace on a morning sightseeing tour of Kyoto
  • Admire 1,001 statues at Sanjusangendo Hall, and see Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple on an afternoon tour
  • Keep an eye out for free-roaming deer at the Deer Park

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

High-tech meets ancient tradition as you zip about via bullet train to major landmarks of historic Japan. Get up close and personal with the friendly deer at Nara Park.

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Marvel at the super-fast speed of a bullet train as you venture to Kyoto via the fascinating town of Nara. Depart from your Tokyo hotel in a comfortable vehicle and enjoy either first-class or tourist-class accommodation in your Kyoto hotel. See a spellbinding selection of temples and shrines as you absorb the culture, history and natural splendor of Nara and Kyoto over two days. 

Listen to captivating commentary from your guide and gain insight into authentic Japanese culture as you sample traditional food and see some of the country’s most significant sights. See the Itinerary section below for detailed information on each day of the tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo – Nara – Kyoto (L):
After hotel pickup around 9am, transfer to Tokyo Station and board a Shinkansen train with your guide and tour group, headed for the classical city of Kyoto. As you zoom by bullet train to your destination, take in the spectacular views (weather permitting) of impressive Mt Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, which hovers 12,389 feet (3,776.24 meters) above sea level.

Upon arrival in Kyoto, you’ll have lunch at the New Miyako Hotel, located in front of the bullet train stop at Kyoto Station. After your meal, travel by coach to Nara – Japan’s first permanent capital city, established in 710 AD – located in the Kansai region about an hour from Kyoto. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided city tour of Nara’s historical treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

First, visit the 8th-century Todaiji Temple, considered one of the country’s most historically significant temples, and admire Japan's largest Buddha image – an enormous bronze statue – housed in the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall). Next, visit the colorful Kasuga Shrine with its 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Before returning to Kyoto by coach, your guide will take you to the Deer Park, where you can observe more than 1,000 tame deer that freely roam over its 1,250 verdant acres (505 hectares).
Overnight: New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Hotel Okura, or Gion Yoshi-ima (Japanese-style ryokan) (depending on your hotel selection at checkout)

Day 2: Kyoto – Tokyo (L)
Embark on a morning sightseeing tour around Kyoto, an ancient capital and home to more than 2,000 gorgeous temples, shrines and gardens. Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, where Japan’s emperors once resided, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the gold-plated Golden Pavilion Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple) and Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interior and ‘nightingale’ floors, which were designed to squeak in order to warn the castle’s Tokugawa shoguns of intruders.

After Japanese/western style buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Starting at Sanjusangendo Hall (also called Sanjusangendo Temple), Japan's longest wooden structure, admire the 1,001 images of Senju Kannon – the goddess of mercy.

Next, take in the glorious vermilion-hued Heian Shrine (a renowned Shinto shrine) followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu Temple to enjoy its wooden veranda and classical Japanese gardens. In the evening, board the Shinkansen bullet train back to Tokyo and arrive at Tokyo Station around 9:30pm.

Reviews

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, Jul 2018

Tour in a rush with no real interesting background informations. Quite disappointing

, Oct 2017

Excellent organization and tour guides. The reason I'm giving this a 4-star rating is because the last stop on the itinerary, Kiyomizudera Temple, is currently under renovation. While the views from the temple can still be enjoyed, there is no view of the main temple at this time. I would recommend to replace this part of the itinerary with something else for the time being but that's just my personal view.

, Oct 2017

The personal service we received from the tour operators was great including transfers in Tokyo and Kyoto. The itinerary is ambitious and may have been a bit too much. Unfortunately the sites visited were extremely crowded and at times the tours felt somewhat rushed, however the guides were very good.

, Sep 2017

It's a nice 2 day tours but it can be done a bit better and if lunch can be included, it would be wonderful.

, Jul 2017

Enjoyed seeing Kyoto. Wish we had booked one more day.

, Jun 2017

Loved this trip!! I stayed in Gion Yoshi-ima a Japanese-style hotel and it was one of my favorite experiences from my stay in Japan. The house was beautiful, my room faced the garden and I got my exquisite dinner and breakfast served in my room. I highly recommend it.

, Jan 2017

Although the sights were great I felt as though everything was rushed. Often the tour guides would start talking before everyone in the group was at the same point. Honestly, that really bothered me. These are expensive tours and the tour guides need to have the courtesy to wait for the group to give an explanation.

, Aug 2016

On time, great professional staff and fun tours

, Jul 2016

Nara was awesome and our tour guide was amazing, totally recommended! The overnight in the Japanese style hotel, so wonderful, what a great experience! The afternoon tour for Kyoto was also awesome, very cool stops - although some were too crowded. The morning tour for Kyoto was too rushed, not fun.

, Jun 2016

organized in an excellent manner, very experienced and polite guides, planned to the minimal detail. I felt very safe and well accompanied, excellent bus and bus driver. The places visisted were extremely interesting, pity that the masses of toursists and students made it hard to walk and see and that the atmosphere could not be enjoyed. Students should be told to be less loud perhaps?


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