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Reply by Viator, November 2012
Doing what: 2-Day Mt Fuji and Onsen Experience from Tokyo
It was great. The guide was excellent and informative, the view was magnificent, Mt. Fuji was majestic, Prince Hotel with its onsen is superb, hotel staff was ever-so-helpful, Hakone pass was handy as we traveled to various spots around Hakone and it's good to experience the bullet train.
Reply by Viator, November 2012
Doing what: 2-Day Mt Fuji, Hakone and Bullet Train Tour from Tokyo
Definitely worth doing. Guide v knowledgeable and entertaining. Mount Fuji spectacular when she appears and just the right amount of time spent at visitor centre and 5th station. Bad traffic in Hakone meant missing out the rope way during organised day 1 but we were able to do on day 2 with Hakone free pass. hotel OK - a bit 60's but comfortable. Food extortionate so go to FamilyMart next door. Make sure you plan ahead to make the most of day 2 - there is a lot to be seen but you need to work on the itinerary. Definitely recommend Owakadani and visiting the shrine visible by the Torii gates on Lake Ashi. Hakone Open Air Museum has some wonderful exhibits. Tozan railway offers excellent service and v. Reliable to get you back to Odawara to catch the Shinkansen, which is incredible. Try and arrive at Odawara a bit early so you can watch other bullet trains pass through. Fantastic time overall, if you have the time and money to do the 2 day trip over the 1 day trip it is worth trying to do, but make sure you read up on guidebooks/trip info before you get there!
Over all it was a good trip. Could not see Lake Ashi due to huge trafic and did not feel that was a bullet train but sure it was fast express train. I will try again.
The view of Mt Fuji was great, The bullet train was a lovely experience and the tour guide was entertaining.
Fast paced tour, nice highlights of the countryside. Highlights were Mount Fuji and the Bullet ride back into Toyko. Worth doing.
Reply by Viator, October 2012
Doing what: Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
It was a fabulous tour, meticulously planned and perfectly executed. Bus picked us on time, tour guide handed over detailed instructions and accompanied us to the railway platform to board the Bullet train. Another guide received us at the Kyoto railway station. The two day sight seeing tour was well planned with regular toilet breaks and enough time for leisurely lunches. Our overnight stay hotel had well appointed, big rooms. Food was tasty and special care was taken to cater to vegetarians. Tour guides spoke reasonable English and were well informed of the history and culture of Japan. The staff was very caring and respectful. We have travelled the world but no where have we experienced such personal attention and a helpful attitude.
When I booked the tour from India I felt it was quite expensive, considering travel in India is cheap. But the wonderful experience and the care of staff and quality of hotel I think we got good value for money.
We will recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Japan.
Very well done tour. We had bad weather (not unusual for this area) and Mt Fuji was closed for the day and the normal boat tour was closed, but the tour company substituted a different boat tour and some unscheduled stops. All the passengers on the tour felt this was done very well and for a few minutes at the top of the cable car ride, Mt Fuji made her appearance. The bullet train was a remarkable experience, but, since you travel back to Tokyo (about a 30 minute ride) in the dark, you kind of lose the feel of the speed that you would get if you could see the countryside speeding along aside the train.
A very well organised trip and a good day on the whole. We only glimpsed Mt Fuji but understood the chances were slim. It did not spoil our day. We included the meal and the Bullet train in our booking. The Bullet train was great but the meal was a disappointment and we would not recommend it. There are other options available at the lunch stop. Overall a good day and a trip we would recommend.
We had a beautiful day. Our guide was wonderful and gave us many laughs and informative commentary. The visitor centre stop isn't that interesting but the area around Mt Fuji is beautiful. We were lucky to have a perfect weather day and saw the full profile. The light lunch was delicious and relaxed. The Lake Ashi lake trip was also pleasantly relaxing. Unfortunately we couldn't really appreciate the bullet trip fully because it was already night by that stage of the tour ( so couldn't "see" we were travelling fast) and we were exhausted at the end of a long day.
Overall we felt well looked after and very happy with the experience.
The coach takes you up really pretty high where I was lucky to see summit albeit I did again later at a much lower down location. The bullet train only did one stretch at full speed due to being too close to Tokyo and it was dark - so it was harder to get a sense of speed.
Very good trip with an excellent guide. The extra cost for the Bullet Train back to Tokyo was well worth it.
Hello and God Bless all my fellow Mount Fuji seekers. My tour guide Amy was so freggin awesome. She was funny and corny about it at times mostly during the boring bus ride part. She put action into and did alot of group interaction thingys to keep us busy and passed around some Japanese games and what not. The tour started out by bus at the hammamatsucho bus station which is extremely easy to find via JR line I "believe". Once we arrived to Mt. Fuji via bus unfortunately the mountain was shy and was hidden by the fog which is totally understandable because 75% of the time the mountain is NOT visible so it's literally a gamlbe. But there is things to do once you are there. We went to the 5th level of the mountain and they had a rad souvenir shop and i bought ice cream there. then we took a cable thingy up to Hakone, that was rad. then a cruise "lake ashi" with a pirate. that was rad too. then a hot spring, but you have to climb up a stone step hill to get to it. only 2 of us saw that. then we got dropped off to take bullet train back to tokyo station. oh there was a cute little bento box lunch at some random hotel up there for an extra $20 bucks which is somewhat worth it. the trip is pretty good and worth it. i highly recommend it. request Amy the tour guide. She's the best! the bullet train is super fast but when on it, kinda boring. from outside it sounds cool but inside feels slow. it's just weird like that! oh and its cold up in fuji sometimes. and hot below the mount.
The great things about this tour: The tour guide who was extremely friendly and informative, the trip to Lake Ashi, which was absolutely beautiful and the chance to ride the bullet train. All highlights for me. That being said, a LARGE portion of this tour is spent on the bus carting around from place to place and I feel like you lose out on actually spending time at each of the places. Going to the 5th station of mount fuji was great, but I think you could have gotten equally great photo opportunities from elsewhere if it meant more time on Lake Ashi (my personal favorite). The 'Boat tour' we took only went one stop! we were on the boat for about 10 minutes, maximum. I could have easily enjoyed being on that boat for an hour or more. That being said, if you are trying to max out your sight seeing by seeing a lot in a short period of time, that can be accomplished here, but otherwise, I think you might be better off just trying to tackle one of the items on this tour.
The lunch was also substandard for japanese food and not really worth the price. I would definitely recommend packing. Also, even if you don't, pack snacks or be prepared to buy them along the way! We had lunch before 12 and didn't get back to the city until after 8pm.
Great tour! Very well organised, fantastic guide and nice to have been in the bullet train as well. Lunch was delicious.
It was just an wonderful little get away from the city. The tour guide was very accommodating and helpful! The coach bus from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji was very comfortable and the bullet train was just awesome! So glad we did bullet train back to Tokyo. We didn't add lunch on our venue, cause we hate to eat prefix lunch. But we did went to same restaurant with the group and ordered a la carte. My bf ordered Chirashi (sashmi over rice) set and I ordered Udon set, they were so yummy and were cheaper than adding lunch on top of tour!
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