Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
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Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

3 days
By train
About this activity
Choose from the 2-day or 3-day tours of Kyoto and Nara, which include all transportation; accommodation in Kyoto at your choice of a first class or tourist class hotel; a professional guide to show you the sights during the day; evenings free to spend as you choose; and lunch on the first and second days. Ask your friendly guide or hotel staff for recommendations of where to find other great meals.

Have the option to return to Tokyo late on the second day or remain in Kyoto for one more day, the choice is up to you depending on whether you choose a 2-day or 3-day tour. Please note, you will be taken to the train station to catch your bullet train but the guide will not accompany you on the train journeys. You will be met in both Tokyo and Kyoto for transfer between your hotel and the train.

Both the 2-day and 3-day options are detailed in the Itinerary below. Note that Day 1 and the daytime portion of Day 2 are the same for both tours.
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  • 1 or 2 nights accommodation (depending on the tour option you select)
  • Round-trip bullet train tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Morning and afternoon sightseeing tours of Kyoto
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at select hotels in Tokyo
Not included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Baggage handling
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 3 people per booking; if you have more than 3 people in the group, please make multiple bookings
  • Children between 0-5 years old are free of charge provided they don't occupy a seat and no meal will be provided
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Important Note: Hotel pickup is only available at select hotels and locations in Tokyo. No customized pickup location available. It is important to select a hotel/location from the drop-down list at checkout
  • Please provide the local contact information of your accommodation to the tour operator at least 3 days prior to your travel date so they may contact you for anything urgent. Otherwise, the tour operator may reserve the right not to confirm your booking
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and, if Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed. When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The schedule applies to the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in April and Oct, and the Aoi Festival from May 14-17, as well as other Imperial Household events without notice
  • If you would like a vegetarian menu, please inform us at the time of reservation. (Only applies to lunch on Day 1.)
  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
  • Drop-off service is not available for participants who disembark at stations other than Tokyo (Shinagawa/Shin-Yokohama stations). If you wish to disembark at a station other than Tokyo Station, please book the plan without shuttle service included. Please be aware that changes to the train ticket use area cannot be made after departure.
David R
5 | 2019-07-25

The tour waswell done from the hotel in Tokyo to the trip to Nara and Kyoto. The tour guides were very informative and funny. They made sure that everything went smoothly. It was in the mid of July so it was hot. Drink a lot of water and enjoy this very historic area of Japan.

5 | 2019-04-15

Excellent tour, a bit pricey but worth it. We chose to go first class with the train and hotel and I am glad I did! It was worth the extra money. We stayed at the Hotel Okura which was very expensive to eat there. But the hotel lobby was great. It was sort of like the old hotels from the 1920's you see in movies. The room was fine. It was small but I did not care because the lobby made up for it. The began with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. It was great in that we had the best class and you could see Mt Fuji. There was a typhoon the night before that cleared the clouds. We had lunch in a hotel which was OK. The tour to Nara was fine. We saw the big Buddha and the deer. It was a long day but worth it. The hotel helped set up a RSVP for Kobe Steak at a Nobu restaurant, It was expensive but not as expensive as thought is would be. It was worth every yen! The full day tour was good. It is basically two tours back to back with a lunch and shopping at th eKyoto Craft Center in between. The morning guide was strict to say the least. I think she had to be to get our large group through the crowds. The afternoon guide was great. He was not all that knowledgeable but he was really funny. I preferred the PM tour. They take you to a temple with 1000 Bodhisatvas. Amazing. Between the two tours we saw almost all the sights that are well photographed save for one. We stayed the third day and saw that one that was missed on our own. The ride back to Tokyo was well organized with guides in Kyoto that got us on the right train and guides in Tokyo that met us and got us to the hotel. He only complaint we had was the long wait for lunch and the transfer to the second tour. It took a long time. Time wasted in my opinion. I would recommend this tour - especially if you get the first class train tickets and stay at the Okura.

3 | 2018-07-16

Lots of wasted time on this tour. Poorly organized. We were sent to one train station for which we paid a large taxi fare then waited an hour and a half only to be taken to Tokyo Station which was closer to our hotel to start. We were asked to be there at 8AM for a train ride at 10:30. Bullet train was the best part of this tour. In Kyoto and Nara I thought I would scream if they showed me another Temple or shrine. Entire tour consists of temples and shrines, the entire group was complaining. Hotel was very good, right across from station. Second day tour of Kyoto consisted of a visit to Golden Palace and more temples and shrines with a cafeteria style lunch, complete with coupon. Just awful. This entire trip can be done in 1 day round trip. By the way the price was very, very expensive. I don't recommend this tour

5 | 2018-07-10

Great trip! The tour company guided us through the entire tour which helped greatly. We had a great time.

Denise C
5 | 2017-11-25

Very well organized tour. Guides were very good.

5 | 2017-10-19

What an amazing Tour...Saw beautiful places and experienced the bullet Train....Recommend it to all

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