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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.
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.
A great way to experience the bullet train and Kyoto if you don't have much time. The tour is extremely well organised...we arrived at the wrong place to start the trip (our mix up) and they did a great job getting to the train on time!
Very well organised. Chose green class which was very quiet and comfortable. Worth the extra for making a once in a lifetime trip extra special especially as it is quite a long day. Lunch in hotel on arrival was excellent exceeding expectations, three courses with western and Japanese options - the coffee jelly was amazing!
Tour guide was informative. The three stops were interesting with a decent amount of time at each. However, do expect a bit of a climb (about 10 mins) to reach the final temple. There are also a fair number of steps through out the tour. Notably at the final stop where there were no hand rails and we could not find any alternative access so do bear this in mind if taking a buggy or if this might be an issue for someone in your party.
Interesting to see Kyoto, but a long day and quite rushed at the three sites visited
Very good experience. tour guide was excellent. very helpful.Good lunch. Have fallen in love with Kyoto. This is a country worth while coming again
The tour was good. Think it was a bit pricey for a one day tour but the bullet train is expensive. The first 2 shrines was escorted and narrated but the last temple we were on our own. The train was a good experience and saved a lot of time. It was organized and on time. Lunch was delicious.