Day 1: Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara
Pass By: Tokyo Central Railway Station, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture
An English-speaking tour conductor will guide you to the bullet train at Tokyo Station.
Take the Nozomi bullet train to Kyoto.(140 min)
Guides and other staff do not ride on the bullet train with tour participants.
Stop At: Todai-ji Temple, 406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara 630-8587 Nara Prefecture
After Lunch, we will go to Todai-ji Temple.
A World Heritage site. This is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kasuga Grand Shrine, 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212 Nara Prefecture
This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site.
The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
Duration: 40 minutes
Accommodation included: In kyoto
Day 2: Kyoto - Tokyo
Stop At: Nijo Castle, 541 Nijo-jo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-jo-dori, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8301 Kyoto Prefecture
A World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture
A World Heritage site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Kyoto Imperial Palace, 3 Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto 602-0881 Kyoto Prefecture
[Except Mondays]Kyoto Imperial Palace
[Mondays (and Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday)] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture
Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of 40,000 inari-jinja shrines located all over Japan. The bright red Senbon Torii gates are a must-see attraction.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Sanjusangendo Temple, 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0941 Kyoto Prefecture
Visit the world's longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture
The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Pass By: Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
From Kyoto Station to Tokyo Station by bullet train(140 min)
No accommodation included on this day.
JP Tower, 2-chōme-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 100-0005, Japan
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.
Wonderful experience on the bullet train from Toyko to Kyoto. Fabulous buffet lunch @ Miyako Hotel. Incredible overnight stay @ Kyoto Hotel Okura. Enjoyed visiting Nara Park and The Big Buddha of Nara. Also the temples and shrines.
Thank you to our guides! Every person we interacted with was professional and exceptional. The guides were knowledgeable and fun. We fully expected the itinerary to be tight, but it allowed us to see many things in a short time. The food and hotel were great.
Loved this trip!! I stayed in Gion Yoshi-ima a Japanese-style hotel and it was one of my favorite experiences from my stay in Japan. The house was beautiful, my room faced the garden and I got my exquisite dinner and breakfast served in my room. I highly recommend it.
The provider pays attention to all minor details for people transfers to-from the hotel and making sure the experience is smooth in that area. The guides are also good in providing a good tour of the monuments and shrines for people. Unfortunately, they try to squeeze too much in the itinerary and that leads to rushing through the Sightseeings with no tolerance for any delay - need to be always on time when returning to the bus - few minutes delay and you will be left behind. Would have been much better if they were allowing on each day 20-30 minutes more for the tour - this would have made everyone happier and people would not feel the rush they currently do.
Excellent organization and tour guides. The reason I'm giving this a 4-star rating is because the last stop on the itinerary, Kiyomizudera Temple, is currently under renovation. While the views from the temple can still be enjoyed, there is no view of the main temple at this time. I would recommend to replace this part of the itinerary with something else for the time being but that's just my personal view.
It's a nice 2 day tours but it can be done a bit better and if lunch can be included, it would be wonderful.
Enjoyed seeing Kyoto. Wish we had booked one more day.
The personal service we received from the tour operators was great including transfers in Tokyo and Kyoto. The itinerary is ambitious and may have been a bit too much. Unfortunately the sites visited were extremely crowded and at times the tours felt somewhat rushed, however the guides were very good.
Although the sights were great I felt as though everything was rushed. Often the tour guides would start talking before everyone in the group was at the same point. Honestly, that really bothered me. These are expensive tours and the tour guides need to have the courtesy to wait for the group to give an explanation.
Tour in a rush with no real interesting background informations. Quite disappointing
Venture by bullet train from Tokyo to the historical sites of Nara, and enjoy an overnight stay in Kyoto – the heart of Japanese culture! On this two-day trip, visit top attractions including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – from Nara’s Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine to Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion Temple, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Enjoy a morning and afternoon sightseeing tour of Kyoto with a professional guide, who will take you to the Imperial Palace and Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine, including daily lunch and a stop at the Deer Park.