Great tour which in effect was three mini tours bolted together - Nara afternoon tour, Kyoto morning tour and Kyoto afternoon tour. The transfer to Tokyo station for the Shinkansen was great and we were taken to the train and met immediately upon arrival. From there it was a short walk across the road to lunch before starting the tour.
Nara was great and the guide was both humorous and informative. The sights were saw were impressive and I liked the way we were given a leaflet at each venue giving some details and history of the locations.
The day two sights turned the wow factor up to 11. There was an element of feeling a bit rushed, but I suppose trying to see the most important sights of such a historical city in a day is always going to mean keeping moving. However, both the am and pm guides were very good and I left with a good understanding of what I was seeing, and cleverly, a desire to go back and see more!
My only real negative was that breakfast was not included in the overnight hotel. It was detailed on the information, but for the cost of the trip, and the requirement to be ready to be picked up quite early, this seemed like a mean omission.
Overall, a great, well organised trip, with excellent transport, guides and amazing sights. Thanks
Great trip to do which gives you a run around the key sites in Tokyo (it doesn't stop - so if you want to visits these, you'll have to do that separately), to give you a good orientation.
Having been here before, it was nice to sit back and enjoy the view before getting to Asakusa for the first stop and a bit of temple viewing. There's also a great little row of shops to pick up some nice souvenirs of Japan.
The main reason I did this trip was for the Skytree and the fact the groups jump the queue!!! We we in, and up very quickly for stunning views, just at sunset for both a day and night view of Tokyo and beyond. The queue to go to the upper level was very short, so I paid the extra Y1000 (not included) to go up to 450m.
Great trip, with a very good guide throughout - I made my own way back so I had more time to enjoy the amazing shopping and restaurants below the tower. Do this trip, you won't be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this trip. Lovely comfortable bus for the 1hr 45 min run out to the Mount Fuji visitors centre for a quick comfort break and first photo opportunity of Fuji. We then drove up into the snow line for a another visit and photo opportunity, before coming down for a delicious lunch at a hotel with still more views.
After lunch we went to Mount Hakone (a slight change due to high winds). I think we lucked in here as once we'd ridden the cable car we could see steaming vents on the mountain side and also try the hot spring eggs - normal chicken eggs that are put into the sulphur rich vents to cook. Oh yeah, and turn black! I was brave enough to try one and it was just like a normal boiled egg, with a slight sulphur 'tang'.
Next it was down to Lake Ashi for a boat cruise, a chance to see some amazing local wood crafts, a quick refreshment break before boarding the bullet train back to Tokyo.
Brilliant, great value tour which I'd thoroughly recommend.
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