Hiro ,Matso oka and Yamaji these were our guides and they were so friendly and cooperative they work for the sunrise trours company which we think is the best in Japan for English speaking tours the golden temple was so beautiful the deers at the Nara temple were funny and the Nara park 20 min walk
Our tour guides Mickey and Yumi were very knowledgeable with their respective tours.
We had a great day. Three children in tow and they handled the long day well. The tour guide was interesting and engaging. Our children especially liked the dear park. The traditional Japanese lunch was just right. We were there in winter and all the sights were truly a winter wonderland. For those who choose this trip, I doubt it will matter what season you go - it will be a day worth doing.
Still i will still recommed this even thou we are not able to see the kyoto castle and nijo castle, because our tour is dec 30 but it was close for the holiday too bad but i still could like to suggest that viator advice in advance if the site suppose to visit is open or not... But im happy to visit the equally important site in kyoto and nara .....
The tour was ausume. Kyoto is very beautiful city. The tour guiders are very good, kindness and helpful.
I recommend to this tour without Nara ( Kyoto full day or half day).
Well organized. The tour guides for Kyoto and Nara were both knowledgeable. Lunch was awesome. The only disapointment was that we did not get to see more of Kyoto.
A fantastic tour! Tour guides were knowledgeable and professional.
Enjoyed tour. Guides were very good. Lots of time to explore sites. Guides were very good at helping people get back to their Osaka hotels. Kyoto and Nara just don't have the fabulous sites like we enjoyed on Viator tours from Munich and Madrid. Maybe because we are westerners not Asians. Still enjoyed it very much.
WOW !!! A full day of exploration.....starting with being picked up promptly by our guide and then being led for a subway-train ride to Kyoto where we boarded a bus for transportation to the various temples and palaces. The guide was able to provide enough background information to better appreciate each sight.
The itinerary was followed and so our appreciation of the city was enhanced.
A lunch break was folloed by a bus transfer to Nara where the highlight was a visit to Nara Park; a park with literally hundreds of deer roaming around and begging for food, typically crackers that could be purchased for a few cents. Here, as in Kyoto, there was lots of walking and visit to several temples.
If one's objective is to get the "flavor" of the area, this tour will provide it!
To experience to public transportation system is eye-opening for an expatriate New Yorker. The extent of service and cleanliness is interesting in that it helps reduce private auto use.
All expenses were covered....with the exception of one subway train fare for a few yen. A hint though...after purchasing a ticket, it is inserted into the turnstile and returned to you. KEEP IT !!! When you exit, it must be inserted into the exit turnstile!
Again, for an overview for the flavor of the cities, this tour will provide it. I have no difficulty is recommending it to others with the same interest, an overview...not an in-depth exposure.
Excellent tour. We saw so much within a one day period. The tour was EXTREMELY well organized.
Great tour except the trip from Osaka to Kyoto, did not enjoy the train trip and the lunch was not the normal classy place Via tours selects, it lacked the ability to interface and socially visit other tour participants. Kyoto and Nara were more than expected, great tour guide.
I liked the tour. It was well organized and interesting. The only thing I would recommend adding to this trip is some "geisha experience" in Kyoto, which was traditional geisha city.