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See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Kyoto on a full-day tour from Tokyo. Gain fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the region with an accomplished guide as you visit legendary landmarks like Mt Fuji, Heian Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall. Absorb the sacred ambience of Kioyomizu-dera Temple and satisfy your appetite with a delicious lunch in Kyoto. Take a super-speed bullet train to and from Tokyo for an exciting beginning and end to your excursion.


  • Full-day tour to Kyoto by bullet train
  • Catch great views of Mt Fuji from the train on a clear day
  • Learn from your guide about Kyoto’s rich heritage as you see three important highlights
  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you're short on time but don't want to miss Kyoto, this is the way to go. The guides for this tour are especially personable and caring and make the long day fly by.

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Pickup at select hotels in Tokyo (please refer to Departure Point for details) or meet at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and transfer to Tokyo Station. Catch a super-fast bullet train "Nozomi" and gaze out of the window as you pass spectacular scenery on the 2-hour journey to Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto greet your accomplished 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. Marvel at the opulent decorations and lavish ornaments of the shrine then venture to the majestic Sanjusangen-do Temple to admire the grand wooden structure.

Take a moment of quiet reflection within the temple and appreciate the colossal size of the Thousand Armed Kannon, an altar flanked by more than a 1,000 life-size statues dedicated the Buddhist deities. Listen as your guide sets the interesting historical scene then head to the gorgeous greenery of the hills.

Enjoy the verdant visions afforded by the picturesque perch of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and engage with tales of the turbulent construction of the temple. Note the spring flowing beneath the building and hear about legends that say you are granted a wish if you sip water from the well.
After you enriching exploration of the city, venture to the train station and board the bullet train back to Tokyo.

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Customer Reviews

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!!!!

Tecca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Terrific tour. Staff were amazing!!

Bob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

First let me say I don't normally do tours. My preference would have been to stay in Kyoto and explore myself, but since I only had one day to get to Kyoto from Tokyo, tour and return, this was a great option. The tour was very well organized with good information about pickup spots, times, etc. The guides spoke reasonably well English and were very pleasant. The three tour sites visited in Kyoto were typical tourist spots, but that is just part of the deal. The guide was well informed and provided many insightful details. The tour fit my needs perfectly so I give it a 5 star, but if you are expecting a more casual pace in the destinations, this may not be for you.

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Kyle L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. Very efficient time spent in Kyoto for it just being a day trip. Travel guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Tour guide was excellent and the full day tour covered many of the most interesting sites in Tokyo.

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