Kyoto by Bullet Train: Day 2 – 3

Kyoto: Japan’s historical and cultural heart, capital for over 1,000 years, and popular destination for travellers across the world. When travelling to Kyoto, make sure to book your bullet train tickets and accommodation together at!

With our Shinkansen Tours, a bargain package designed especially for visitors to Japan, you can reserve your bullet train tickets and room with ease, plus save up to 52%! (Based on rates effective until December 2009 including tours to areas other than Kyoto.) Compared with the Japan Rail Pass, which can only be reserved in multiples of 7 days, the Shinkansen Tour has daytrips and short 2-3 day options, giving you more choices and more value!

We wanted to see what our customers get to experience on the Shinkansen Tour, so JAPANiCAN staffers Kazumi and Rie hopped on the bullet train and sped off to Japan’s ancient capital. Read all of their experiences here!

Day2: Full-Day Guided Tours

Kyoto has a network of public buses that provide access to many spots of interest throughout the city. But, upon arriving in Kyoto, the sheer number of temples and shrines vying for attention can make choosing one and finding the right bus to get there confusing. We recommend joining a guided tour of Kyoto’s famous landmarks, both to make it easier to get to your destination, and to make it even more memorable thanks to the expertise of our guides.

For example, the Kyoto 1 Day Tour, which departs from hotel pickup points between 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., lets you visit Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjyusangendo Temple, and Kiyomizudera Temple. This is a great option for Kyoto first timers and anyone pressed for time!

Kyoto Special Night Tour


After travelling all the way to Kyoto, you owe it to yourself to sample the city’s unique atmosphere by night. The Kyoto Special Night tour lets you partake in a Japanese tea ceremony and Zen-style meal at a local ryokan, stroll through Gion streets, and sample seven traditional Japanese performance arts. You may even be lucky enough to spot a geisha or maiko en route!
* Kyoto 1 Day Tour, and Kyoto Afternoon Tour participants can join this tour from the Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Day 3: Kyoto Station & Return to Tokyo

day3_kyoto_station.jpgKyoto Station underwent a modern revival in 1997. The 16-story expanse of glass and steel encompassing Shinkansen lines, local trains, subways, and buses, creates a striking presence with an open, airy feel. The hotel, department store and other businesses contained within its walls make Kyoto Station in and of itself a tourist destination.

Many famous Kyoto stores have set up shop within Kyoto Station, making it easy to pick up a memento of your journey at your last stop before leaving. Stop by the food level of Isetan Department Store for some tasty souvenirs of Kyoto and Japan like green tea, pickled vegetables, or Japanese-style sweets. Or, prepare for the train ride by picking up a gourmet boxed lunch full of Kyoto delicacies!

Of course, once entering the Shinkansen gates, there are still plenty of opportunities to do some last minute shopping while you wait for your train!

But, if you have a bit of time before your train departs, why not visit Kyoto Tower? Rising high above the station, you’ll get an excellent view of the surrounding area, and an excellent farewell to Japan’s cultural home from Kyoto Tower’s observation deck.


We hope you can return to Tokyo carrying many wonderful memories of Kyoto!


Save up to 52% on bullet train tickets and accommodation with the Shinkansen Tour, our bargain package exclusively for visitors to Japan!

The Shinkansen Tour