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I thought every aspect of the day was excellent! I just wish I had planned for more time in Kyoto, like several days!
We loved the train ride in first class. Very relaxing and a treat. Lunch buffet was wonderful. Only advice - don't book the trip for the hottest and most humid week of the year in August which made it hard to concentrate on the beautiful sights. Guide was very nice and informative as we drove around the city.
This was an excellent tour. It's a long day, so they try to get as much in as possible. The Hamamatsucho bus terminal can be chaotic, but the Sunrise Travel staff was very cheery and helpful despite the throngs of tourists trying to get their tickets. We left the station on a bus for Tokyo Station. Once there, we were guided to our train platform where we waited for the Shinkansen to arrive. I was seated in the green car (first class) and would recommend it. It was spacious and not nearly as crowded as the other cars on the train. It was a clear day and we had a nice view of Mt. Fuji on the way down. The bullet train is a great experience. Upon arrival in Kyoto, we were greeted at the platform and led across the street to a hotel for a buffet lunch. From there, we were divided into groups and put on buses for the afternoon tour. We went to Heian Jingu Shrine first. Like many of these group tours that are limited on time, we felt a bit rushed here. You don't really have the time to explore the shrine or grounds unless you want to just leave the tour guide behind for 30 minutes. I felt we could have seen a lot more here. Back on the bus for stop #2 at Sanju-Sangendo temple. Again, we felt rushed. There was not enough time here because you go inside the temple to see the famous statues and hear the stories, but by the time you finish that portion, you have 5 minutes before the bus leaves. I ended up running around (literally) to take some pictures of this beautiful place before the bus left. Third and final stop was at Kiyomizudera temple. This is a very busy place with shops lining the streets nearby. I felt we had enough time to view and shop here. We even saw the sunset over Kyoto from high atop the mountain. Overall, a great tour and well organized, if rushed at times.
I took the 2 day tour 5 years ago and this one day version did not disappoint. I would recommend to any newcomer to Japan.
It was a really great experience, the guides were really helpful an nice.
Though it was a very short trip to Kyoto, I would recommend this to those who don't have much time in Japan, but want to see some highlights of Kyoto :)
I enjoyed the Bullet Train experience. Staff were very good at being present to send you off and meet you at the stations. The afternoon tours of the various temples was OK, but I would have rather had other choices to see.
Smooth and efficient tour. The tourguide was knowledgeable and we gained a lot of interesting information about the places we visited as well as Japan. The other tour guides who accompanied us from station to station were also polite and helpful. Worth the tour if you have never been to Kyoto and/or your command of Japanese is poor.
Great tour! Wish there would have been more shrines but service and coordination was fantastic. I would highly recommend especially if you do not want to stay overnight in Kyoto.
A long day. Finding Sunrise tours was much easier as this was our second tour with them. The bus terminal is extremly busy this time of the morning and we found ourselves against the flow of people. A short coach ride to the train station and onto the bullet train, the guide placed us exactly wher we need to board the train and we had reserved seats. Journey is about 2 hours
At Kyoto the hotel where we had lunch is right opposite the train station. Lunch was very good, a huge buffet plus a main course, drinks were included.
Onto a coach and the site seeing started. An excellent English speaking tour guide.
The afternoon passed so quickly and we were soon back on the coach heading for the hotel to be guided back onto the bullet train.
At the Tokyo end we were met again and taken outside of the train station, and given a taxi to take us back to our hotel.
Very well run. Faultless.
The train ride was great in terms of travel time ( 2 hours each way) but it was cloudy, so no view of Mt Fuji. The hotel restaurant buffet was excellent. The 1/2 day tour was good (especially the 1000 buddhas) but I would advise to make the trip to Kyoto an overnight and do a full day tour which would include the golden and silver pagodas.