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

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan
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2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
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  • Led by a local guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Rail Tour
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included


Your overnight trip to Kyoto by way of Nara includes pickup from selected Tokyo hotels, your choice of first-class or tourist-class accommodation in Kyoto, and all entrance fees. Your guide will lead you through magnificent temples and shrines in both cities, offering expert commentary on Japanese culture along the way!


Day 1: Tokyo – Nara – Kyoto (L):
After hotel pickup around 9am, transfer to Tokyo Station and board a Shinkansen train with your guide and tour group, headed for the classical city of Kyoto. As you zoom by bullet train to your destination, take in the spectacular views (weather permitting) of impressive Mt Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, which hovers 12,389 feet (3,776.24 meters) above sea level.

Upon arrival in Kyoto, you’ll have lunch at the New Miyako Hotel, located in front of the bullet train stop at Kyoto Station. After your meal, travel by coach to Nara – Japan’s first permanent capital city, established in 710 AD – located in the Kansai region about an hour from Kyoto. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided city tour of Nara’s historical treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

First, visit the 8th-century Todaiji Temple, considered one of the country’s most historically significant temples, and admire Japan's largest Buddha image – an enormous bronze statue – housed in the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall). Next, visit the colorful Kasuga Shrine with its 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Before returning to Kyoto by coach, your guide will take you to the Deer Park, where you can observe more than 1,000 tame deer that freely roam over its 1,250 verdant acres (505 hectares).

Overnight: Kyoto

Day 2: Kyoto – Tokyo (L)
Embark on a morning sightseeing tour around Kyoto, an ancient capital and home to more than 2,000 gorgeous temples, shrines and gardens. Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, where Japan’s emperors once resided, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the gold-plated Golden Pavilion Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple) and Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interior and ‘nightingale’ floors, which were designed to squeak in order to warn the castle’s Tokugawa shoguns of intruders.

After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Starting at Sanjusangendo Hall (also called Sanjusangendo Temple), Japan's longest wooden structure, admire the 1,001 images of Senju Kannon – the goddess of mercy.

Next, take in the glorious vermilion-hued Heian Shrine (a renowned Shinto shrine) followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu Temple to enjoy its wooden veranda and classical Japanese gardens.

In the evening, board the Shinkansen bullet train back to Tokyo at approximately 7:00pm, arriving at Tokyo Station around 9:30pm.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels in Tokyo only)
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Round-trip bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Entrance Fees
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Baggage handling
Additional Info:
  • 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
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. No meal included
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Pickup is only available from select locations in Tokyo. Please refer to “Departure Point” for listed locations
  • Please note: Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
  • If your hotel is not listed, please select Hamamatsucho Bus Station at checkout and wait for your bus there by the scheduled time on the day of travel
  • Please note: The bullet train does not have a luggage compartment. You can only take a day pack or small backpack along with you. It is recommended you store most of your luggage at your Tokyo hotel
  • Please provide the local contact information of your accommodation at checkout or at least 3 days prior to your travel date so they may contact you for anything urgent, otherwise, your tour operator may reject this booking
  • On every Tuesday during Jan, Jul, Aug and Dec, Nijo Castle will be closed and you will instead visit Ryoanji Temple
  • 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 an alternative attraction
  • To enter the Kyoto Imperial Palace, you will be required to fill out a form with your name, sex, age, nationality
  • Regular seat on a bullet train is first come, first served basis
  • Green seats/cars on the bullet train are reserved and offer more amenities than other car classes

Meeting Point

Pickup is available at the following select hotels/locations in Tokyo:
ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Cerulean Tower Tokyu, Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza, Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, Hyatt Regency, Keio Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Tokyo in Ikebukuro, New Sanno, Tokyo Dome Hotel, New Otani Tokyo, and Tokyo Station

ANA InterContinental Tokyo
Asakusa View Hotel
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
Hotel Grand Palace
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Main Bldg.)
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Shiba Park Hotel (Annex Bldg.)
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
Sunshine City Prince Hotel
Departure Time:
7:40am from Cerulean Tower Tokyu and Metropolitan Tokyo (Ikebukuro)  7:50am from New Otani Tokyo 8:05am from Hyatt Regency, New Sanno and Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo 8:15am from Courtyard by Marriot Tokyo Ginza and Tokyo Station 8:20am from Tokyo Dome and ANA InterContinental Tokyo 8:40am from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal 2018 Departure Time:
8:10 AM    Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro 8:20 AM    Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 8:20 AM    Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main 8:20 AM    Sunshine City Prince Hotel 8:30 AM    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba 8:30 AM    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo 8:40 AM    Asakusa View Hotel 8:40 AM    Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa 8:40 AM    Shiba Park Hotel (Annex Bldg.) 8:45 AM    ANA InterContinental Tokyo 8:45 AM    Hotel Grand Palace 8:50 AM    Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal 8:50 AM    Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Main Bldg.) 8:55 AM    Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
Return Details:
Concludes at the Tokyo Station at approximately 9:30pm (hotel drop-off service is available for select hotels in central Tokyo)


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