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See the spectacular sights and historical highlights of Kyoto and Hiroshoma on a 3-day self-guided tour of two of Japan’s most famous cities. Ride a super-speed bullet train from Tokyo then embark on independent  exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage-listen sites of the alluring areas; see sacred temples and moving shrines in Kyoto; feel emotionally stirred during visits to memorials in Hiroshima; and absorb the beautiful scenery surrounding Miyajima Island. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this self-guided tour, on which all accommodation and train tickets are included.


  • Independent 3-day tour of Kyoto and Hiroshima by Shinkansen Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo
  • Visit top sights in Kyoto listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Learn about the aftermath of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima
  • Hop on a ferry to Miyajima and see the Itsukushima Shrine and its ‘floating’ torii gate
  • Have the flexibility of customizing your itinerary
  • Avoid the hassle of buying multiple train tickets and booking hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get the freedom to decide which sights to visit and how long to spend at each one, but you don't have to worry about making arrangements for transportation and lodging!

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Kyoto and Hiroshima Independent Tour by Nozomi Bullet Train from Tokyo

Ground Zero at Hiroshima

Receive your train tickets and accommodation information at your Tokyo hotel on the day of your departure and embark on your independent exploration of Kyoto and Hiroshima. Ride the super-fast bullet train to Kyoto then discover the exquisite temples and refined restaurants on arrival in the spectacular city. 

Continue to Hiroshima to reflect at moving memorials to those killed in the devastating Hiroshima atomic bomb and delve into the city’s destruction and rebirth at informative museums. Venture to Miyajima Island at your own expense and enjoy the convenience of pre-booked accommodation and train tickets on this enriching excursion.


Customer Reviews

PAT Sri Lanka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Everything as described and cheap and best.
Hotels are closed to the Railway stations also 3 star rank.
The tour agent JTB fulfilled my wishes in train seat bookings.
Thank u so much.

paul s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a problem with handling the tickets properly and had to pay extra for a ticket that was lost. upon contact with Viator and upon return to USA we had a refund properly handled as we provided the data. Excellent and prompt service. The 3 day tour and accomodations were very well done. We enjoyed our entire trip

David A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Must be done..

Karlene C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip. The bullet train can't be beat. Everything was very organised. The hotels chosen for my trip were fantastic with very helpful staff.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Just made it so easy to see more of Japan. Great hotels and so impressed by Japanese transport.

david m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

to start with the instructions and tickets were waiting for me at my Tokyo hotel before I booked in. The instructions were easy to understand. I opted for the late train time and I thought I would give up some time in each of the cities but this was not the case the way the train times went there was plenty of time to look around. Seating on the train is reserved and they booked window seats on all journeys. The hotels were 1st class and a lot better than I expected, the bonus was they were only 5 minutes from the train stations so not much carrying luggage around. I was only in Japan for 7 days and wanted to see more than Tokyo, if visiting other sites is something you want to do I would highly recommend this tour

Esther P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to experience the real Japan. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. Also, thanks to Walter for being so helpful with our questions. The hotels were amazing and we didn't have to worry about anything as everything was booked for us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What great value! Everything was straightforward and easy to follow. The hotels were amazing and couldn't have been more convenient. I would recommend taking the early morning trains so you maximize your time in Kyoto and have the option of leaving later in unreserved cars. The cars are all the same beautiful. I would recommend traveling with as little luggage as you can so you can enjoy the experience without the hassle of the bags. I too would recommend going to the Peace Park on day of arrival and utilizing those hours so that you can either return or go to the Island the following day. A good restaurant near the Museum across the street with the Peace Bridges is Mario's Italian! Even National Geographic tourists were eating there! Another day in Hiroshima would have been nice.

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This trip is fantastic! Arrived Tokyo on Sunday evening and the train tickets were waiting for us at our hotel. From that moment everything worked perfectly, and the hotels were better than I expected. No breakfast included but because the hotels are in or very close to train stations, there are plenty of great food options within reach. For Hiroshima, I would recommend doing the peace park etc on day of arrival and then Miyajima on Day 2. Enjoy!

gary b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Awesome is all I can say. The hotels were very nice and the staff there were great. The Shinkansen instructions were right in the money. Great trip.

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