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Overview

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
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.

Reviews

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, Oct 2018

We were seeking a Bullet train experience and the flavor of Kyoto’s history. We got that but wrapped in a schedule that was too ambitious for time allotted mixed with periods of downtime. Perhaps it’s personal taste, but felt like we either glossed over the details at the temples or were so rushed that we didn’t have time to properly explore the unique characteristics, so why bother? The guide was capable but knowledge was superficial and unable to answer questions about some of the unusual elements. Logistics were overly ambitious and caused rushing to fit 10 pounds of activity in a 5 pound bag. All the staff were very polite and accommodating but were put in tough situations by the aggressive timeline. Tick the box on bullet train and seeing a few of Kyoto’s offerings but swing and miss on much of the detail and flavor that makes Kyoto so unique.

r
, Sep 2018

Enjoyed the Hospitality and tour

l
, Aug 2018

I do not recommend taking this tour from Tokyo. The tour may have been nice if we started it in Kyoto, but it is an exceptionally long day from Tokyo. We met at the Keio Plaza Hotel at 8:30 in the morning and were taken to Tokyo station for a 9:50 bullet train ride. The bullet train was cool, but it was about a 2 hour ride. Once we arrived in Kyoto, we were taken to a hotel for lunch and given an hour and a half to eat. The lunch was very nice, but it was WAY too much time to kill. The bus picked us up around 1:30, then we had to go and pick up another group. The tour itself did not even start until around 2:00/2:30. That's 6 hours of travel and killing time. It is not worth it at all. I also recommend not going in August. We went on Friday, August 10th and everyone we encountered from the tour company told us how hot and humid it would be, which it was. I don't recall seeing the golden shrine that was in the video for this tour I am not sure if I misunderstood or misread that part. The 3 sites we did see though, 2 Shinto shrines and 1 Buddhist temple, were very cool. The last stop was Kiyomizu-dera Temple and this was AMAZING! I absolutely highly recommend going there on your own. It was about a 10 minute walk up a hill with hundreds of shops for souvenirs, ice cream, drinks, etc. Once you get up to the top, the views are incredible, the structures are incredible, you can take your shoes off and walk inside the temple I wish we could have spent a couple hours here walking around and exploring, but we had to be back on the bus within 30-40 minutes. We felt very rushed, we did not have time to shop at all. We then needed to take the bullet train 2 hours back. All in all, the transit time is just not worth the 3 places you see. The tour company itself is very organized, helpful and friendly. Our guide was smiling the whole time and taught us some cool facts about Kyoto and Japan in general. Again, if you are already in Kyoto, it may be worth the tour, but coming from Tokyo it is a lot of wasted time.

C
, Jul 2018

It was a great experience travelling in a Shinkansen. And especially if you are a first time or lone traveller. However, as the Travel is quite long, the tour in Kyoto was really compressed and you only have ample time to go around. Rain during my trip made it even more difficult but the experience is memorable and enjoyable.

N
, 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.

M
, May 2018

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

J
, 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

B
, Apr 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.

p
, Apr 2018

Bullet train ride was excellent as we had a great view of mt.fuji on our way, although it was a bit cramped up tour to explore Kyoto, the tour guide did extremely well to keep us entertained.

P
, Mar 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.


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