What was impressive about the tour was how well it was organized. Every event was on time with well spoken informative guides who were friendly, polite and personable. While popular shrines and temples were visited that would be in travel guides, the tour provided the ability to see sights in a short period of time that you would probably be able to do on your own. If it is your first visit to Japan, personalized guidance to the Bullet Train departure platforms as well as local trains if you are staying outside of Tokyo is provided at all destinations. Any of the hotels offered standard, traditional Japanese or luxury is perfectly acceptable. This tour is highly recommended,
Very well organized tour. Guides were very good.
What an amazing Tour...Saw beautiful places and experienced the bullet Train....Recommend it to all
This trip was fabulous from beginning to end. The tour company took care of every detail including putting us on the Bullet Train in Tokyo, meeting us on the platform in Kyoto and reversing this process to get us back again. This attention to all the details allowed us to enjoy the beauty of the countryside and the splendors of Kyoto because they took very good care of us. We would take this tour again. Loved it.
This tour was amazing!
We had a really good time. A very well organised and planned 2 days - all went like clockwork. Trains buses etc all worked very well. The stay in the New Miyako Hotel was perfectly good and very convenient - positioned right by the station with its many food and drink facilities - really useful for the evening after the day 1 tour. First day we had no issues at all - a good lunch in previously mentioned hotel, and a good tour to Nara with good guides. Second day consisted of two good separate tours to various parts of Kyoto - one morning and one afternoon tour. However, between these two tours we felt we were 'abandoned' with over two hours to fill at a small craft centre which was near to nothing else in town, and which was pretty limited in entertainment value. The included lunch both Western and Japanese food at the craft centre was of very poor quality, totally cold, and in somewhat downmarket surroundings and definitely not befitting what was a fairly expensive tour. It did take the shine off an otherwise great experience and much enjoyed couple of days.
Well organised, guides good but difficult to understand, interesting sights, accomodation good.
Maybe a little rushed.
The local tour operator for Viator on this tour was wonderful in moving the people smoothly from Tokyo to Kyoto and back via the bullet train. They are very organized for logistics every day of the tour. But while actually touring in Kyoto and Nara, you are combined in a big tour bus of about 40 people to view the sights, With one guide who often speaks to only the closest 5 - 10 people, it is not the most intimate experience. If you don't like large groups, from all ethnic backgrounds which is interesting, but often include tourists who need to be taking selfies constantly, this may not be the tour for you. But if you want a really organized tour that gets you from Tokyo to Kyoto and Nara and back and to many of the most important sights including the bullet train experience, this tour does all the work for putting this together for you. We stayed at the New Miyako hotel, which has nice sized rooms for Japan, is extremely conveniently located by Kyoto Station and had a very helpful staff.