• Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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
  • Lunch included
  • Have your choice of standard or first-class bullet train ticket

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

After early morning pickup at selected Tokyo hotels or the designated meeting location (depending on the tour option you select), 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Enjoyed the Hospitality and tour

Nick A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The Bullet Train is an experience worth trying. You won't believe how fast the country side blurs past your window! If it's an option for you, I highly recommend selecting the 1st class ticket. 2nd class seemed fine - but was sold out - which means you were shoulder-to-shoulder with other passengers, similar to coach seats on a plane. But 1st class was practically empty. I was seated at a 4-seat banket with a little table in the middle. And I was the only one - so I got all four seats and the table to myself! Arriving in Kyoto, we were quickly ushered onto a tour bus and taken to three temples - each more beautiful and inspirational than the last. If I had more time, I would have loved to spend several days in Kyoto. There are dozens of temples, and we only had time to see three. This tour is fast-paced and you walk A LOT. Not including time spend on trains, my Fit Bit recorded about 7 miles of walking and 12 stories of stairs.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Love it, it was amazing and someone from the company was with us alwaya

Jose Juan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Excelent trip... Higly recommended... In fact you should take more than one day... Kyoto is amazing... Temples, the food, the experience, everything is great

Beverley H B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was fantastic very well organised all attending staff were very efficient and friendly the scenery and Bullet Train a wonderful experience we chose to travel in first class service it was excellent - although a long day it was totally worth it the scenery was amazing we will be returning to Tokyo and will do another trip with Viator.

Prasanna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Highly recommend. The bullet train ride was amazing. The trip was very well coordinated with guides to help us from hotel pickup to drop off.

Marina Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Perfect for people who don’t want to think where to go, met tour assistant who held our hand until we got on the bullet train and sat in our seats. The Kyoto guides were less hands on. Lastly, wanted to see Fushimi-Ku and the guide suggested when we can abandon the tour, best experience ever!

David A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was the exact trip I wanted to do to Kyoto since I didn't have much time off in Tokyo. To be clear, it is a very quick, fast paced tour of 3 sites in Kyoto plus a ride on the bullet train. It is a long day and the tour does not spend much time at each site. At the last site, there is a ton of shopping and you will have 30-45 minutes to browse around. Our guide KC was knowledgeable and spoke English very well.

G V Ramesh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A hectic, but efficient way to see Kyoto in one day for those staying in Tokyo who cannot spend a night in Kyoto. The tour covers 3 out of the 20 or so major shrines and temples one Shinto shrine and two Buddhist temples to be accurate. Gives a taste for this special place. Felt a bit rushed in the end left the last temple at 5:00 to get back to the railway station at 5:15, train back to Tokyo wasn't until 6:45 pm.

FREDDY Colombia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Gran tour , muy costoso como todo en Japón , el tren bala formidable , aunque en Kioto deberían aprovechar más el tiempo , ya que el tiempo del almuerzo fue excesivo y también de visitó un templo el primero que no fue nada del otro mundo

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