2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo - Reviews

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lilia s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Loved this trip!! I stayed in Gion Yoshi-ima a Japanese-style hotel and it was one of my favorite experiences from my stay in Japan. The house was beautiful, my room faced the garden and I got my exquisite dinner and breakfast served in my room. I highly recommend it.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

On time, great professional staff and fun tours

Donatella M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

organized in an excellent manner, very experienced and polite guides, planned to the minimal detail. I felt very safe and well accompanied, excellent bus and bus driver. The places visisted were extremely interesting, pity that the masses of toursists and students made it hard to walk and see and that the atmosphere could not be enjoyed. Students should be told to be less loud perhaps?


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

We had intermittent rain, but were lucky not to miss anything. Japanese history throughout. 1000 Buddha temple was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great!!! Well organized

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

First Class experience. Faultless.

Venkatram K M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014


Cheryl A S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The trip was well planned. We enjoyed the ride on the bullet train. The guides gave us lots of information about the shrines and temples we visited. A good value for the money.

Jose C Rodriguez USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

This was a great tour. The tour company used was very friendly, informative, and made you feel comfortable during the entire excursion. Guides are at each end of the train ride. They take you to the proper, platform, make sure you are on the correct train, train car, and seat. When you arrive someone is there to meet you, take you to your hotel, and get you to the correct tour buses. Each tour (Nara, Kyoto morning, and Kyoto afternoon) was informative and wonderful. Getting back to Tokyo included a cab ride from the train station direct to your Hotel. I highly recommend this trip as a quick introduction to Kyoto and Nara from Tokyo.

Jaclyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Wonderful tour! Our guides were great. They helped to the bullet train and all along the way. The tours in Kyoto were very fun and we saw a lot of sights in a day and a half. Would definitely do again. Our hotel was very nice too!

Marion B

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

Excellent organization and tour guides. The reason I'm giving this a 4-star rating is because the last stop on the itinerary, Kiyomizudera Temple, is currently under renovation. While the views from the temple can still be enjoyed, there is no view of the main temple at this time. I would recommend to replace this part of the itinerary with something else for the time being but that's just my personal view.


4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

It's a nice 2 day tours but it can be done a bit better and if lunch can be included, it would be wonderful.


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2017

Enjoyed seeing Kyoto. Wish we had booked one more day.


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Nara was awesome and our tour guide was amazing, totally recommended! The overnight in the Japanese style hotel, so wonderful, what a great experience! The afternoon tour for Kyoto was also awesome, very cool stops - although some were too crowded. The morning tour for Kyoto was too rushed, not fun.

Carlos G

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Very well organized tour. Great tour guides too.

Rod J

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Highest ratings to the tour company Sunrise Tours. In Tokyo the agents took great care to make sure we were all secure in moving from bus to bus to train--personal escorts to the door of the bullet train were appreciated. Excellent train ride and superb hotel I upgraded to the Kyoto Okura. The summer season meant some very crowded venues, which was unfortunate but inevitable. One of the tour guides had trouble with her English and was kind of dull, but the other two were excellent in both language skill and personality. The choice of sites was just right. Altogether an excellent tour!

Alon S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2015

This tour was amazing!

Jack P

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

Very beautiful and relaxing. Bus ride to Nara not so fun but it is well worth the ride to get to Nara and see the "honorable deer" haha not to leave out the monastery an shrines. WOW

Ian P

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2013

Great tour which in effect was three mini tours bolted together - Nara afternoon tour, Kyoto morning tour and Kyoto afternoon tour. The transfer to Tokyo station for the Shinkansen was great and we were taken to the train and met immediately upon arrival. From there it was a short walk across the road to lunch before starting the tour.

Nara was great and the guide was both humorous and informative. The sights were saw were impressive and I liked the way we were given a leaflet at each venue giving some details and history of the locations.

The day two sights turned the wow factor up to 11. There was an element of feeling a bit rushed, but I suppose trying to see the most important sights of such a historical city in a day is always going to mean keeping moving. However, both the am and pm guides were very good and I left with a good understanding of what I was seeing, and cleverly, a desire to go back and see more!

My only real negative was that breakfast was not included in the overnight hotel. It was detailed on the information, but for the cost of the trip, and the requirement to be ready to be picked up quite early, this seemed like a mean omission.

Overall, a great, well organised trip, with excellent transport, guides and amazing sights. Thanks

Bradley R

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2017

The personal service we received from the tour operators was great including transfers in Tokyo and Kyoto. The itinerary is ambitious and may have been a bit too much. Unfortunately the sites visited were extremely crowded and at times the tours felt somewhat rushed, however the guides were very good.


3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2017

Although the sights were great I felt as though everything was rushed. Often the tour guides would start talking before everyone in the group was at the same point. Honestly, that really bothered me. These are expensive tours and the tour guides need to have the courtesy to wait for the group to give an explanation.


3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2016

Tour company employees were very attentive and professional although their English language skills need improvement. The overnight hotel was not a first class hotel as described in the tour package.


3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2015

Good tour but too many temples/shrines.
Didn't visit the more interesting older area of Kyoto, being GION - disappointed we were not taken to Gion instead of yet another temple/shrine

Katherine D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2015

Kyoto has many beautiful sights to see-- unfortunately much of our time was wasted sitting in the bus waiting!!!
The groups are much too large-- difficult to control . We would not do a tour luje this again. Fuji mountain, the bucket train and the palaces were beautiful. Food also not good

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