Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Kyoto and Nara Day Tour including Golden Pavilion and Todaiji Temple from Osaka. 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.
It was ok for an introduction to the area. Not enough time to see the places we went to. Missing the palace was a big deal for me but I went by myself the next day anyway instead.
A long day, but worth it. The Golden Pavilion is beautiful and the park at Nara is magnificent - you would need two whole days to explore it all. A taster, leaving you wanting more.
Great Day. A must for the first time person to Japan and the Osaka Region. Hassle free, tour guides do everything, even escorting you on the train to and from Osaka.
Overall I am pleased with the tour and I have learnt quite a lot from the guide about Kyoto and Nara but the buffet lunch is a bit of a let down.. ;-(
A tour that was worth doing as it takes you to the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara. The tour guides were really helpful and made the day easy and informative. There is very little information at tourist destinations in English and this is where the tour pays for itself.
Originally, I wanted a Saturday tour, but when my husband saw that the Saturday tour will not include Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace, two hours after booking we decided to change the date to Friday. We found out that viator.com cannot process that quickly. We were told that there will be a cancellation charge. It wasn't a cancellation but a change of date only. The places we visited were nice (though it might have been great if we saw the Nijo and Imperial castles instead) but the tour guide was not that articulate. The escort (the sweet lady who met us near our hotel and accompanied us to the meeting place of the group) was very accommodating and she speaks English fluently. The buffet lunch was just very simple. All in all, the tour did not meet our expectations.
The guides are very professional and knowledgable in the respective locations we were shown around.
The only set back is the buffet lunch which I would rate as poor as there is insufficient variety and of minimal standard. We do not mind paying more if that means we can get better food, if cost is an issue for your company, not that the trip cost is cheap.
Overall experience was good. The tour guide spoke very good english. I would suggest though that other attractions like museums and parks be included in this itinerary.
There were far too many people on the tour and it was difficult to group around the tour guide and hear what she was saying.I would have appreciated being provided with some background to the history of Japan. Without this it was difficult to put the buildings into context.The lunch provided was truly awful!!!!
Unfortunately the group was much too big. Therefore a lot of time was wasted by waiting for all passengers getting out of the bus. Kyoto is definitely worth of visiting - but not in such a flock of sheep. The afternoon in Nara was a smaller group and we had enough time to see everything.