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Well organised except sight seeing tour is a bit rush. I think older adults and younger children might not be able to keep up to the pace.
The 3 day tour was great. The tour guides were good and timely and orderly which I really appreciated. I would travel with your company again.
We had a 2 day trip. Looked forward to riding bullet train. It was expensive compared to other tours, I think
this was because of inclusion of bullet train. After a few minutes ride, the bullet train did not seem any faster or special than Acela train in USA.! . We had Nara trip in the afternoon of first day. Buffet lunch was good. The guide provided full details of shrines etc. Enjoyed taking pictures of Kyoto gardens and shrines.
Pick up and drop off arrangements were very much appreciated. .
This was great tour. Everything went like clockwork. The tour guides and coordinators were efficient and very informative. One small glitch was the tour guide for the afternoon for Kyoto didn't have a microphone and at times it was difficult to hear him, since we had a large group.
Everything went well. Air conditioner on the bus was not working properly
I had a wonderful time on this trip and is well worth doing if able to see Kyoto, very different to Tokyo. Only criticism I would state is that the imperial palace is very strict so you are unable to have any free time, but you can take photos. The only other downside is that you do not get much free time at each place to do much gift/tourist shopping. However, I must say that the tour company is very good and as the trains are so punctual someone was there to put me onto the bullet train and then somebody was there to meet me on the platform at Kyoto. Everything to the trip was so organised and the English guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend anyone to go on this trip as I know at some point I will definately return to Japan and even do these trips again.
We found the organization, the service and the attention of the tour guides to be excellent. Where there seemed to be a drop in the excellent service was the meal and visit of the craft center. Otherwise: A+.
I was very pleased with my Sunrise two day tour from Tokyo to Nara and Kyoto. The individual tours ran on time, the guides spoked excellent English and were very knowledgeable about the subject matter. The lunches were more than enough, the tour buses and accommodation were very good. My only quibble was in surfing the net to decide on a tour from Tokyo - I wish it had been mentioned that people who take the three day tour often use the third day to go to Hiroshima by train. Had I known that I would have booked the three day tour. Aside from that the tour I took was excellent. Thank you. I would definitely seek out Sunrise through Viator again. Regards, Kate Hannon.
Great trip, well organized with helpful guides. Would join future trips in the future.
Well organised tour with knowledgeable guides. Luck of the draw as to whether the bus is going to be too full. I did the two day tour and would recommend it.
It was a nice trip but the bus was full 40 people. It was difficult to hear something when you were in the back, plus we always had to wait for someone who was late.
The trip is worth doing. But I would recommend to do 2 day trip instead of 3 day trip which I made. You will see everything in the first 2 days and there is almost nothing to do in the 3rd day.
Sites visited were all good, guides and organisation professional.
Because of the holiday I assume, there was a lot of traffic between some of the tour locations. This put the morning tour behind schedule, which then made the afternoon tour start late. We ended up very rushed at all 3 locations in the afternoon as a result. The tour company can't control, or probably even predict, the traffic, and the bus is not a helicopter, so once the traffic builds up, there isn't much to be done. However, one suggestion is for the tour guide to have the authority, or to suggest to the tour participants, that the itinerary be shortened from 3 sites to 2 in order to provide enough time at the 2 sites. It's possible that not all the tour customers would agree, or some might insist on partial refunds, etc. I would have been agreeable to skipping 1 location and not feeling so rushed at the other two locations. That's just a suggestion, though. The rest of the tour arrangements were great.