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I have sent a note of appreciation under separate cover. The Viator staff was extremely helpful, the tour was well organized and paced perfectly.
The trip was an excellent way for the novice to get around Japan. The hotel pickups were wonderful and the guides where very informative.
Pick up & delivery to trains excellent! Especially commend Yoki who took us in Tokyo to train. Train seats excellent as was Okura hotel. Lunches good both days. Tour of Nara good - tours of Kyoto even better guides, especially afternoon guide excellent.
In general this was a great trip. Everything was perfectly organized. Only bad thing was the booked "first" class hotel which had the standard of a 3 star hotel and therefore not worth the money.
This was a great tour, with excellent support services throughout.
The tour guides were excellent for the most part. One spoke without waiting for the tour group to gather, so we missed a lot of what she had to say. The places we went were very interesting and beautiful. We loved the hotel--not only was it nice inside and out, but the service was excellent. We were well cared for, and everything went as planned. It was wonderful!!
This trip certainly packs a lot into a short space of time. If you don't have long and you want to see all the "must visit" places in Kyoto and Nara, then this trip is for you. The bullet train adds an extra dimension of cool to the trip! OK, you don't always get a great deal of time at some places, but this is compensated for by the amount that you get to see. The tour guides and transportation between places make it easy for you to maximise your sight-seeing time, rather than trying to make you own way round and getting lost! Overall, I really enjoyed the 2-day trip to the ancient capitals of Japan.
Great trip; the tour folks took us onto the bullet train in Tokyo and then met us at the other end in Kyoto.
Great experience on the Shinkansen. The shrines, temples, Nijo castle, and the Imperial Palace in Kyoto are world-class sights. The New Miyako Hotel was very good as well.
The trip was more than I expected from beginning to end. I stayed at the Okura Hotel and it was superb. The bullet train was exhilarating and the lunch at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto was delicious. The tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting. Despite the rainy weather, the trip was uplifting, informative and recommended to all! I loved having someone take me to the train track in both cities and having someone meeting me at the end of the train ride. A nice touch for a foreigner.
The tour is quite nice but the return trip to Tokyo should depart earlier so that you can arrange dinner plans in Tokyo. The return train trip should depart at 4:30 p.m. instead of 6:15 p.m. Shorten the tour by 2 hours on the last day.
Even though weather a the last day we had rain all day it was a great trip. Eve
Fine tour if you are pressed for time. The tour is structured as 3 half-day tours, plus the roundtrip bullet train from Tokyo. After leaving Tokyo on the morning of the first tour you arrive in Kyoto where you have a Western style buffet lunch. Following lunch you have a 1/2 day tour. In my particular case the tour was of Nara. The next day you have another 1/2 day followed by lunch at Japanese restaurant, then another 1/2 day tour. In my case both 1/2 day tours were of Kyoto. The tour to Nara was about 90 minutes from Kyoto. In Nara you stop at a Buddhist temple containing the largest cast Budda in the world. Then you proceed to a Shinto Shrine. Following this there is a brief rest stop where you can use the toilet and buy snacks and souvenirs. The two Kyoto 1/2 day tours involved driving to someplace, spending about 20 minutes there, and driving someplace else. At any of the places I stopped on either of the 3 tours I could have easily spent much longer exploring-but then I would not have seen all that I saw. I really wished I had spent another day so that I could go back to some of the places for more leisurely sightseeing.
Well organized and efficiently managed. Very helpful and courteous staff at all points. Comfortable hotel.
Overall the tour was excellent. Door to door pickup and drop off (limo to hotel on return) was excellent. The afternoon tour to Nara was excellent. The morning and afternoon Kyoto tours were also excellent. Great variety of places visited ensured that it was not just another shrine type tour. The guide (we had the same one for the 3 tours) was very good, her knowledge and English excellent. Overall would recommend to anyone -- except the Hotel Monterey Kyoto. The public areas on the ground floor are very nice. But this is where it stops. The rooms are small with basic furniture, very poor selection of TV (for English speakers) and the air conditioning is hit and miss. The breakfast room is still in the eighties (and the last time the seats were upholstered). Food was even less appealing. Eat and drink outside the hotel as it is much better and cheaper.
Excellent tour, very informative with knowledgeable tour guides,and everything was very well organised to the minute from pick up from the hotel to the drop off at the train station and drop off to the hotel at the end of the 2 days tour, by taxi after arriving in Tokyo station welcomed by a tour employee.
The tour was nice and the tour guides were very supportive and knowledgeable.
Excellent tour. Very well organised with guides who were both knowledgeable and entertaining. Would highly recommend.
The tour was very well organized. In particular, I appreciate the hotel pick-up and the taxi drop off service. One of the tour guides in Kyoto was very interesting and informative; his sense of humor kept the guests laughing throughout the day. The hotel in Kyoto was situated right across from the train station, but the quality was much better than a normal train station hotel; it was worth the 4-star rating. The sightseeing visits to the shogun palace, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples were all enjoyable. Meals were good. Overall, this was a great tour.
Great trip, well planned and perfectly executed. Excellent guides, although the lady on the second day was very difficult to understand. She was very knowledgeable, but her English left a little to be desired.
I did the 3 day tour and it was great. There's loads to see in Kyoto definitely worth a visit if you have time.