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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, Heian Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Hall, and Kioyomizu-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, Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple on an afternoon tour
  • Get great views over Kyoto from a hilltop temple
  • Have your choice of standard or first-class bullet train ticket
  • Includes pickup from selected Tokyo hotels and lunch in Kyoto

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Begin with pickup at your select hotel in Tokyo (please refer to Departure Point for details) or meet at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and transfer to Tokyo Station. Catch a bullet train and gaze out of the window as you pass spectacular scenery on the 2-hour journey to Kyoto.

Upon arrival in Kyoto, greet your guide at the train station and enjoy a Western-style lunch in an elegant hotel restaurant before beginning your comprehensive city tour. Travel by comfortable coach to the spectacular Heian-jingu Shrine, a sacred Shino structure built to commemorate the founding of Kyoto in the 19th-century. Check out the opulent decorations and lavish ornaments of the shrine then venture to the majestic Sanjusangen-do Temple.

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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Customer Reviews

Teresa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very helpful staff. Tour guide was knowledgeable. A lovely way to see Kyoto when you don't have a lot of time.

Matthew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great organized tour. They always had someone making sure you were taken care of from hotelnpickup to transfer to the train station to getting everyone on the train, meeting the train at Kyoto to lunch to the local guide. The only issue was getting everyone back in the train to go back to Tokyo.

Stuart B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very well organized, pick up at local hotel bullet train tickets at the ready... escorted to the train to ensure you get in at the right carriage, the night has to be the 2.15min on the train seeing the lay of the land... no delays as the bullet had its own dedicated line... either over a road or under no crossing.. well and truly worth the price for the whole day out. Stuart

francoise s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Here again, a superb tour, well organized from the hotel pickup back to the hotel...Nothing left to chance! You will not get lost....
I would recommend only the visit of other temples than the ones we saw. Overall, a great time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing day out and incredibly well organised from start to finish- great sights lovely lunch tour guides were all excellent
The Bullet train is incredible - smooth and efficient

Mary K C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic tour! I was the only person going from Tokyo that day. I was met at my hotel and then at the transfer bus station by my own private guide. She got me onto the bullet train and didn't leave until it took off. Then, in Kyoto, when the doors of my car opened, another guide was waiting for me to take to to an excellent, excellent lunch at a nearby hotel. Then, yet another guide got me to a city tour where there were other travelers and we saw the major sites of Kyoto. Then, the process was reversed to get me home. I felt pampered, safe and I had a great time. So glad I did this tour!

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

While not inexpensive this was a great experience. We were amazed with the level of detail and attention provided by the tour operator beginning with hotel pickup, literally walking us onto the train, meet and greet at the other end with lunch, half day bus tour merged with other groups which was probably the best the operator could have offered though not as efficient, then literally walking us back on to the train, and meet and greet and return to our hotel end of day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour and fantastic service by Viator/JTB Sunrise... Really enjoyed it.

Sharon Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the most beautiful places on earth. Your guide was fabulous!!!!

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