2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels in Tokyo only)
- Overnight accommodation
- Round-trip bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto
- 2 lunches
- Entrance Fees
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Baggage handling
What You Can Expect
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!
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: New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Hotel Okura, or Gion Yoshi-ima (Japanese-style ryokan) (depending on your hotel selection at checkout)
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 Japanese/western style buffet 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 and arrive at Tokyo Station around 9:30pm.
Additional Important Information
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- A maximum of 3 people per booking due to room type restriction; 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. No customized pickup location is available
- 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 reserve the right to reject the booking
- On every Tuesday in January, July, August, and December, Nijo Castle is closed and Ryoanji Temple will be visited instead
- 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
- Train type: Standard Car seats on first come, first served basis. Green Car offers reserved seats and more amenities than Standard Car
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