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  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:  2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

This was the best way to see Kyoto. They guide you through ever step, including taking you to the train platform. Our hotel was great and the attractions were awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

fantastic... everything was perfect...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

It was very good, everything was perfectly on time and of a good quality.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

EXPERIENCE WAS VERY PLEASING. GUIDES PROVIDED INTERESTING AND WELL PRESENTED INFORMATION IN EXCELLENT ENGLISH AND WERE ATTENTIVE AND FRIENDLY WITHOUT BEING OVERBEARING. SITES VISITED WERE CULTURALLY RELEVANT AND WE WERE GIVEN EXACT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY OF ACCESS (ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT SINCE I WAS TRAVELLING WITH AN 87 YEAR OLD PARENT). FROM LEAVING OUR HOTEL IN TOKYO UNTIL OUR RETURN, THE TOUR WAS SMOOTHLY EXECUTED WITH PRECISION BUT NOT ANXIETY OR BUSTLE. I WOULD HAVE NOT HESITATION IN HIGHLY RECOMMENDING THIS TOUR TO OTHERS. ON REFLECTION, I ALSO REALISED THAT THERE WERE NO "FORCED" SHOPPING EXPERIENCES WHICH IS SO OFTEN THE CASE ELSEWHERE. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU.
OVERALL THIS WAS THE BEST TOUR I HAVE EVER UNDERTAKEN. CONGRATULATIONS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

My tour of Nara was with Mickey and I loved it. He was a wealth information and so helpful afterwards with tips and suggestions for the evening in Kyoto. The tour of Kyoto and the guides for the bullet train was nice as well. Only note is the bus air con might need antifreeze. Overall amazing tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Extremely efficient, extremely friendly, wonderful experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was very interesting and very well organized. The guides were very good and they have a very good English.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Your tour was really good! Our guide was brilliant, really informative and numerous!! We really learnt a lot!!
The day off was great too, pick up and drop off was great too!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

This tour was so well organised, we had 2 tour leaders they were both so professional and helpful!! I have already recommended this tour to my friends and family, best tour iv done!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Excellent. Gave us a quick overview of Nara and Kyoto. All the details were done so we could just enjoy the sightseeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Unbelievable. Very organized and we had so much fun. Guides were very good as well

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Enjoyed this tour greatly. The Bullet Train is amazing, so fast, so quiet.
Kyoto and Nara are so different from Tennessee. The tour guides did a wonderful job.
Knew their history and answered questions well.
The hotel was better than expected. Well worth the money to go with the first class option.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Well worthwhile. Superbly efficient arrangements and very knowledgeable and friendly guides. We stayed in Hotel Monterey in Kyoto which was very nice,but we struggled to find somewhere to eat close by. We actually found an 80's style bar in a basement down the street on the left which was great and quite cheap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

We had a fantastic time! We were well looked after from beginning to end. We were taken to every site on the itinerary (although Mt. Fuji did not make an appearance for us) and they were all phenomenal. We scheduled our trip during the week, which meant the crowds were at a minimum everywhere we went. This meant no waiting in lines and awesome photo opportunities. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable about the sites, the cities, and Japan in general. They were pleasant, accommodating, and humorous too! There were several hotel options and we stayed at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, which turned out to be a great choice due to the roomy accommodations and the wonderful location near several historical sites, restaurants, and shopping. The only problem occurred because we were staying with friends in Japan, not at one of the downtown Tokyo hotels where they'd pick you up. We'd been given a phone number for the local contact to call once we arrived, but the phone number was incorrect (a number had been left out) and so there was some stress involved in finding out where we needed to go. Since Viator only takes email contact, which they don't answer immediately, we thought we may miss our trip. Luckily someone local helped us find the Japanese tour company location and helped us figure out how to get there. Viator did respond to my emails, 20 minutes before our tour left from downtown Tokyo, which was an hour away from where we stayed. Once we found the tour operator at the bus terminal, all was well and we had a great time. Overall, we would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a taste of Japanese history, culture, and architecture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Nara was something else, I really felt like I was far far away from reality. The deer park was amazing and fun. There were a ton of school kids there giggling and eating ice cream. Kyoto was out of this world, seeing the Imperial Palace and the 500 Buddha statues...now this is TOTALLY different than Europe! The Okura hotel will make you feel like a celebrity and has several great restaurants tucked in all over. It is also near a river with restaurants lining that all the way up and down. We had free time on the last day so we arranged a bike tour which was great and went to the mall! That was fun too since we got a foot massage and had a nice long lunch in the air conditioning. If I returned to Japan, it would not be in summer. Saw the back of a real geisha getting into a cab (the tour guide told me) and the Shinkansen made me wish the United States was this streamlined and organized. Worth every penny.

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