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

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Chiyoda City, Japan

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the historical highlights and cultural delights of Kyoto and Nara on a 2- or 3-day guided tour from Tokyo. Leave Tokyo on a super-speed bullet train and begin your excursion in Nara, a city replete with sacred shrines and holy temples. Luxuriate in comfortable accommodation then spend the following day discovering the legendary landmarks of Kyoto with your accomplished guide. Opt for the 3-day option to experience a day of independent exploration in Kyoto and enjoy round-trip transportation from your hotel on both tours.
  • 2-day or 3-day guided tour of Kyoto and Nara with bullet train, from Tokyo
  • See majestic Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen bullet train (weather permitting)
  • Visit Nara's highlights including Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Deer Park
  • Witness Kyoto’s rich heritage at Kinkaku-ji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Admire the majestic architecture the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle
  • Choice of one or two nights' tourist-class or first-class accommodation in Kyoto
  • Enjoy a worry-free tour that includes an expert guide for daytime tours, transportation, and accommodation
Accommodation in Kyoto
Professional English-speaking guide
Round-trip bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto
Lunch (2)
Baggage handling
Gratuities
Breakfast
Hotel Pick up and Drop off

Departure Point

JP Tower, 2-chōme-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 100-0005, Japan

Departure Time

9:20 AM

Return Details

Tokyo Station, 1 Chome-9 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • Train times may change due to time table alterations or other reasons.The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Seats on the bus and train and train may not be designated.
  • [About Day 1 Itinerary] Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way) .Thank you for your understanding. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission. Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.
  • [About Day 2 Itinerary] When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Close: Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event). The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25. Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end / New Year's holidays, Ryoan -ji Temple will be visited instead.
  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (about 15 min one-way) .
  • Please note that due to repair and restoration work, part or all of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main Hall will not be visible.
  • If you would like a vegetarian menu, please inform us at the time of reservation.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. No meal included
  • This is a special tour for international visitors.Please understand that residents of Japan cannot make bookings for this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
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If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear your broken in comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking." See review
  • "If it is your first visit to Japan, personalized guidance to the Bullet Train departure platforms as well as local trains if you are staying outside of Tokyo is provided at all destinations." See review

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star-5
So well organised!
AJMC_56
, Nov 2019
This was a really well organised trip, which though not cheap made everything so easy. The guides were good, the coaches comfortable, the sights excellent with enough time at each too. The only negative was the other people who kept arriving back late for the coach - but the guides did their best to get people moving. I would have been ruthless, but then I wouldn't have had to deal with the consequences! Even the hotel they arranged was top class, and advice on what to do in the evening very helpful. We took the extra day - do that!
star-5
Very enjoyable trip
Roam469968
, Sep 2019
Highly recommend this as a way to learn more about Japanese culture and history - very knowledgeable guides. A well organized and easy way to see a beautiful area of the country.
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Fantastic 2 day tour.
X7295QYdavidr
, Jul 2019
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 sue 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.
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Too many Temples and Shrines
, Jul 2018
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
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not much to see
hestra2
, Jul 2018
Not much to see. After a while, we were being shown temples that were made for tourism and had no historic meaning.
star-5
Fabilious
Scott L
, Jun 2018
Great trip! The tour company guided us through the entire tour which helped greatly. We had a great time.
star-5
This was really an excellent tour...
Ingabinga
, Mar 2018
This was really an excellent tour. We saw a lot and it was extremely well organized: Pros: 1. You are picked up from your hotel we were at the Keio Plaza and brought to the Tokyo train station by the tour guide who places you on the train with your group. Seats are assigned so no rushing to get a good seat. 2. As soon as you exit the train you are told to just stay put. There was someone already there to pick us up, bring us to lunch and then direct us to the tour bus. Lunch was excellent. Then the afternoon tour begins. There is no possibility of getting lost. 3. The first tour is to Nara. The large Buddha is amazing. You can actually go inside of it. A trip to Kasuga Taisha Shrine and seeing and feeding the free roaming sacred deer is amazing. 4. We stayed at the Kyoto Hotel Okura which provided excellent breakfast buffet and excellent room and service. 5.The 2nd day was also well organized. The castle, Gold Pavilion and Imperial Palace were amazing. 6. Having the 3rd day on our own was a bonus. We took cabs to the Monkey Park, the Gian District and the thousands of traditional gates that make up the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. Cabs are not as expensive in Kyoto. We had plenty of time to get back to the hotel and be escorted to the train and then to our hotel in Tokyo. 7. This tour was well worth the price considering that bullet train and hotel and all entrance fees as well as lunch are included. Cons: 1. If you stay at the Okura hotel breakfast will be extra. The breakfast buffet though is delicious. 2. Wear your broken in comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking. Overall an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it.
star-5
Amazing tour, great accommodation...
Enrique R
, Mar 2018
Amazing tour, great accommodation, the tour guides were very friendly and helpful. The tour is really complete, the main stops are awesome. I strongly recommend it.
star-5
The 2-Day tour to Kyoto and Nara was...
ss
, Feb 2018
The 2-Day tour to Kyoto and Nara was amazing. Very well organized. I highly recommend to take this tour!
star-5
Excellent tour, a bit pricey but...
moore714
, Jan 2018
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.

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