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

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kinkakuji in Kyoto

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.


Customer Reviews

lilia s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

On time, great professional staff and fun tours

Donatella M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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?


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had intermittent rain, but were lucky not to miss anything. Japanese history throughout. 1000 Buddha temple was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great!!! Well organized

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

First Class experience. Faultless.

Venkatram K M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014


Cheryl A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The trip was well planned. We enjoyed the ride on the bullet train. The guides gave us lots of information about the shrines and temples we visited. A good value for the money.

Jose C Rodriguez USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a great tour. The tour company used was very friendly, informative, and made you feel comfortable during the entire excursion. Guides are at each end of the train ride. They take you to the proper, platform, make sure you are on the correct train, train car, and seat. When you arrive someone is there to meet you, take you to your hotel, and get you to the correct tour buses. Each tour (Nara, Kyoto morning, and Kyoto afternoon) was informative and wonderful. Getting back to Tokyo included a cab ride from the train station direct to your Hotel. I highly recommend this trip as a quick introduction to Kyoto and Nara from Tokyo.

Jaclyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Wonderful tour! Our guides were great. They helped to the bullet train and all along the way. The tours in Kyoto were very fun and we saw a lot of sights in a day and a half. Would definitely do again. Our hotel was very nice too!

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