Kyoto Day Trip by Bullet Train from Tokyo Instant Confirmation

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See the majestic Nijo Castle

Ride the famous shinkansen bullet train and zip from Tokyo to ancient Kyoto at a breeze. Visit Kyoto's sights, like Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. The afternoon allows free time to explore!

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  • Kinkakuji Temple reflecting from the water
  • Shinkansen and Cherry Blossoms
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  • Heian Jingu Shrine
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  • Yasaka Pagoda
Set out from Tokyo to Kyoto an on all day adventure. Your day begins as you board the Nozomi, Japan's fastest bullet train. This scenic and efficient way to travel to Kyoto is hard to beat! Once in Kyoto, you will visit Nijo Castle, where in 1867 the last Edo Shogun restored the authority of Japan's Imperial Court. Next is Kinkakuji Temple, home of the Golden Pavilion, a glittering pagoda gilded with about $5 million worth of gold leaf! No visit to Kyoto is complete without seeing the Imperial Palace, where you can catch a glimpse of ancient imperial life. In the afternoon you will have extra time to explore on your own, so you can see the sights you want to as well.
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Please note that there will be no guide in Tokyo to guide you to the station and that the afternoon part of this tour is not guided, allowing you free time before departure to see the sights of Kyoto on your own.
Price
Kyoto Sightseeing Course (Morning: Guided, Afternoon: Free)
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 246.29
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Child (Age 6-11)
USD 183.37
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Infant (Age 0-5)
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 246.29
USD 246.29
Child (Age 6-11)
USD 183.37
USD 183.37
Infant (Age 0-5)
free
free
  • Duration: 16.5 - 17.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Accredited English-speaking guide / Round trip Shinkansen bullet train tickets
  • Schedule
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  • Check-in
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  • 06:00 Departure from Tokyo, Shinagawa or Shin-Yokohama Station
  • Bullet Train to Kyoto (140 min)
    Proceed to your chosen station on your own and board a speedy Nozomi Shinkansen to Kyoto.
    Your train tickets and itineraries with exact times will be delivered to your hotel at least one day prior to your departure.
  • Check-in at AVANTI Sunrise Desk near Kyoto Station's Hachijo Exit
    MAP See the 'Pick up Information' tab for a map of the check-in location.
  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)
    20120313053930_1732680769_10001_4.jpeg The grounds consist of two concentric rings of fortification, the Honmaru (main circle of defense) and the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), along with beautiful gardens and various support buildings.
  • Kinkakuji Temple (45 minutes)
    rokuonji-kinkaku550x414 The top two floors of this gorgeous Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf. Surrounded by one of the most exquisite Muromachi Period gardens in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion is one of Kyoto's must-sees!
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (All Days Except Mondays) (40 minutes)
    20120313054812_1949490875_10001_4.jpeg Located within the beautiful gardens of Kyoto Gyoen, this architectural beauty was the residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1869.
    *Closed on Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday. The following Tuesday will be closed instead. Also closed from Dec 28 2016 to Jan 4 2017.
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Mondays and Days when Imperial Palace is Closed) (40 minutes)
    This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially beautiful during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
  • Free Time in the Afternoon (7~8 hours)
    A shrine maiden in front of Heian Jingu Shrine Explore the ancient capital of Kyoto on your own in the afternoon. Some recommended sights are Kiyomizudera Temple, the geisha district of Gion, Nishiki Market or a stroll through the little streets of HIgashiyama. Visit at your leisure, until it is time to return.
  • 20:00 Kyoto Station
    Board the bullet train back to Tokyo and enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride back.
  • 22:30-23:30 Tour ends upon reaching Tokyo, Shinagawa or Shin-Yokohama Station
Package detail / Schedule
Notes
Restriction(s)
    • Participants under the age of 20 traveling alone require written consent from a parent or a person with parental authority.
    • Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • To guests staying at Airbnb / private homes:

      The tickets must be signed for upon delivery. The exact date and time for delivery cannot be selected. As such, unless you can be 100% certain someone will be at home during the hours of 09:00~18:00, please refrain from booking.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Guests will be asked to provide personal information such as full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Additional Note(s)
    • The tour schedule is subject to change.
    • You will not be able to choose the departure or arrival time of the bullet train. You also cannot choose your specific seating in advance.
    • During your free time in the afternoon, there will be no English-speaking guide to accompany you.
    • This tour is available to overseas visitors only.
    • This tour includes expenses for the guided morning-tour portion and bullet train tickets only. Other expenses incurred during the day will not be included in the tour price.
    • Lost or stolen bullet train tickets will not be replaced. Should you misplace your ticket, you will be required to purchase a new ticket at your own expense.
    • On days when Nijo Castle is closed the tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple. Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December (if Tuesday is a national holiday, Nijo Castle will be closed on Wednesday).
    • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday.
      The following Tuesday will be closed instead. Also closed from Dec 28 2016 to Jan 4 2017.
      In these circumstances, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
    • Upon booking you will be asked to provide information regarding your accommodation in Japan prior to this package date. Your tickets and final itinerary will be delivered to the address you provide at least one day prior to the tour date.
    • As tickets need to be delivered by mail to guests accommodation the day before the tour date, it is typically not possibly for customers to join this tour on the same day they arrive in Japan.
    • We recommend leaving large pieces of baggage at your hotel, as there is little space for luggage on the trains.
    • Children (ages 0-5 years) will be able to participate for free under the following conditions.
      Tour:
      An individual seat will not be provided. Please have them sit on the lap of their parent or guardian. If there are seats available, they are welcome to use it, however they will not be getting a priority in seating.
      If you would like a seat for a child (ages 0-5 years), please book them as a child.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between the booking confirmation date to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
Change policy
  • Please contact Veltra immediately if you make any changes to your booking once it is confirmed, as:

    ・Any changes made between the booking confirmation date to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 246.29
USD 246.29

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(4.13/5.00) 4.13 / 5
(15 reviews)
Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 16.5 - 17.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily

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This is a fantastic tour for people who are staying in Tokyo but want to see Kyoto. Because of scheduling, we were unable to stay outside of Tokyo but this allowed us to travel to Kyoto and experienc...more
by: Tatiana
Our tour was great! I wish we saw more of Kyoto. Our guide was very knowledgeable
The tour was great and really easy for two people with school-level Japanese skills. We caught the shinkansen from Tokyo without any problems and found the tour desk easily in Kyoto. Our tour guide ...more
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