Bullet Train to Kyoto
Duration: 5 1/2 hours
Tour Code: OSA-006
Depart from the pier and drive directly to the train station, where you'll board the famed Shinkansen, known familiarly as the Bullet Train for its high speed and sleek shape. Traveling in complete comfort, you'll zip over the specially built train rails at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour, arriving in downtown Kyoto within a half hour. The bullet train's advanced technology and ever-changing scenery along the way are truly awe-inspiring.
Continuing on, now by motor coach, you'll drive to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. The temple's pillars and beams were constructed using no nails, but rather a unique mortise joint. The main hall's large verandah extends out over the hillside and has led to the popular expression "To have the courage to jump from the platform balcony of Kiyomizu-dera Temple" when starting anything new, which is the English version of "taking the plunge". The panoramic view (weather permitting) of Kyoto City from the balcony is magnificent. Located beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting powers. Following your visit of approximately ninety minutes, you'll re-board your coach and drive back to Osaka.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking and there are a significant number of steps to negotiate. The temple sits atop a hill and there are inclines. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is suggested that participants bring along local currency for any purchases as U.S. currency is not widely accepted and many merchants cannot take credit cards. The Bullet Train cannot accommodate motorized scooters. The drive between Kyoto and Osaka is approximately 90-minutes and is subject to traffic delays.