Kyoto Day Trip by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo

Loved seeing the highlights of the Kyoto area! Must do! Worth to look into visiting Nara, Osaka and other cities as well if you have time - very accessible by bullet train!Theresa Mae A., United Arab Emirates – See more reviews
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Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Weather permitting, Mount Fuji can sometimes be seen from the train.
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Kyoto Day Trip by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo - Picture 6
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What To Expect

Ride the famous bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and see some of the city's most famous sites on this day trip - you may even see Mt. Fuji from the train! Visit the Heian Jingu Shinto shrine, Sanjusangen-do Buddhist temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, part of the UNESCO World Heritage "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto."


  • Get the chance to see Mount Fuji from the train on the way to Kyoto

  • Take a high-speed rail tour to Kyoto via Japan's famous shinkansen bullet train

  • Enjoy a spectacular view of the Kyoto area from the World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera.


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Take a quick rail tour to Kyoto via the famous Japanese shinkansen bullet train. This day trip from Tokyo visits some of the top Kyoto attractions like the Sanjusangen-do Buddhist temple, the Heian Jingu Shinto shrine, and the UNESCO World Heritage listed temple Kiyomizu-dera, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage site.


07:30 to 09:00 - Pick-up service from major Tokyo area hotels.

09:00 - Depart from the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal

09:45 to 10:15 - Depart from Tokyo Station by Nozomi Shinkansen

11:50 to 12:20 - Expected arrival in Kyoto Station

13:40 - Kyoto Tour - Heian Shrine, Sanjusangen-do, Kiyomizu Temple

18:00 to 19:00 - Departure from Kyoto Station by Nozomi Shinkansen

21:00 to 22:00 - Expected arrival time in Tokyo Station

Times are estimates. Order of Kyoto sights visits may change.

After guests are picked up from the central Tokyo area, tour will assemble at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal before transferring to the Tokyo Station to take the Nozomi shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. Sit back and enjoy the high-speed ride which, on clear days, gives you the opportunity to view the iconic Mt. Fuji.

Upon arrival in Kyoto, take a break and feast on Western-style lunch at the New Miyako Hotel before enjoying an afternoon tour exploring the Kyoto area visiting some of the best attractions in the city - Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo and the Kiyomizu Temple (in no particular order).

See the Sanjusangen-do Buddhist temple, characterized by its main hall which houses thousands of life-size Buddhist Kannon statues from the 13th century and is considered to be Japan's longest wooden structure. Visit the Heian Jingu Shinto shrine, built to partially replicate the Heian era Imperial Palace. Go up to the Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto which is listed as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)" UNESCO World Heritage site and offers magnificent views of the surrounding area.

At the end of the day, head back to the Kyoto Station and board the Nozomi shinkansen for the trip back to Tokyo. Tour ends upon arrival at the Tokyo station where guests will be assisted in finding a ride back to hotels.


  • 1 lunch

  • English-speaking assistant or guide service is provided except during onboard Shinkansen

  • Hotel pick up

  • Roundtrip Shinkansen tickets to/from Kyoto


  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • This tour must be booked at least 3 days in advance.

  • *Pick up service is available from selected Tokyo hotels. (View Hotel Pick-up List)

  • Children 5 years old and below are free of charge, provided they sit on an adult's lap. If they need a seat, they will be charged (child rates).

  • Baggage carriage is not included. Please carry your baggage on your own. However, trains do not have areas for storing large pieces of baggage. We recommend leaving large piece of baggage at your hotel while you travel by train.

  • Chishakuin Temple will be visited when Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to public during Festival of the Ages on October 22nd. Note in the case that the festival is postponed, changes in the itinerary will be delayed.

  • Drop-off services cannot be provided from stations other than Tokyo (Shin-Yokohama, Shinagawa).

  • The train schedule is subject to change due to time adjustments.

  • This tour does not include entry to the Gardens of the Heian Jingu Shrine.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 3 to 8 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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