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

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

Ground Zero at Hiroshima

Have your bullet train tickets and accommodation pre-booked and delivered to your Tokyo hotel prior to 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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Delores P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Exactly as advertised - good connections between hotels and stations and hotels were very nice.

Alison H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tickets were waiting for me on check-in at Tokyo hotel with very clear instructions on how to get to the right train, which tickets to show when, hotel address etc that I found very helpful. The hotel in Kyoto was so convenient to the train station, modern, clean and spacious room. Hotel in Hiroshima was also very convenient to station, room size small but perfectly fine for an overnight stay. I did not try any of the in-house dining options as there were so many other choices nearby.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Tickets were waiting for us upon arrival to hotel. Highly recommend that you visit Arashiyama the Bamboo Grove, absolutely stunning area. Miyajima Island is a must while you are in Hiroshima, we travelled by the street car which is very easy to use as I'm a novice traveller. Hotels are great too.

Fiona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

If you only do this tour for the hotel and bullet train costs you are on a win. The accommodation is 5 star and close to the train stations. so much to see and pack into the days

Pablo J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Everything worked out well in this build it yourself tour. Every train and every hotel was perfect. We had a wonderful time in Kyoto and Hiroshima. Only advice is to arrive 1 hour early before your first bullet train ride in Tokyo: Ask for directions to your platform at the information desk and learn to follow the bilingual signage. After that you will wiz through at all future train stations.

Edgar H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour. Everything worked perfectly. I will recommend it.

Tuan H. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour is super in many ways, the train ride is already worth the price we paid, the hotels are great! I have no word to describe, so if you are interested to head to Kyoto and Hiroshima: please book with no doubt

Hayley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

I thought this tour was fabulous. Everything worked like a dream. Train tickets and instructions were at my hotel when I arrived! The instructions were clear and the hotels were very well placed for ease of activities and restaurants. A thoroughly well planned tour.

ron s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

If you have limited time available this is an ideal tour if you are relatively new to Japan. The arrangements worked seamlessly from the delivery of tickets to catching the amazing trains and checking in to the very reasonable hotels. We prefer a more independent style of travel with some of the hassle of train and hotel bookings taken care of. Despite the reasonably clear instructions there were still some challenges making sure you found the right platform and train. Its worth planning what to do in Kyoto and Hiroshima in the limited time available. We chose the late trains and had time each day to tour. If you travel to the island next to Hiroshima it takes 70mins each way on the tram to the ferry, you will need most of the day to visit and when we went it was overrun with school groups.

stormin Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

The train experience is to be recommended. Interesting though was the cultural shock on entering the subway to find the ticket machines alongside the 1000s of local commuters, as well as the correct platform. The three day independent tour is perfect as the accommodation is brilliantly located in both Kyoto and Hiroshima. The timeline was perfect for us. Kyoto has a lot to offer in history and culture changes over 100s of years. Hiroshima speaks for itself. The bomb site and the museum are a must. This is now a very modern and beautiful city. The Japanese people could not be more polite and friendly if they tried. Try and find some rubbish on the ground. If you are so lucky try then to find a bin!

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