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Exactly as advertised - good connections between hotels and stations and hotels were very nice.
Tickets were waiting for me on check-in at Tokyo hotel with very clear instructions on how to get to the right train, which tickets to show when, hotel address etc that I found very helpful. The hotel in Kyoto was so convenient to the train station, modern, clean and spacious room. Hotel in Hiroshima was also very convenient to station, room size small but perfectly fine for an overnight stay. I did not try any of the in-house dining options as there were so many other choices nearby.
Tickets were waiting for us upon arrival to hotel. Highly recommend that you visit Arashiyama the Bamboo Grove, absolutely stunning area. Miyajima Island is a must while you are in Hiroshima, we travelled by the street car which is very easy to use as I'm a novice traveller. Hotels are great too.
If you only do this tour for the hotel and bullet train costs you are on a win. The accommodation is 5 star and close to the train stations. so much to see and pack into the days
Everything worked out well in this build it yourself tour. Every train and every hotel was perfect. We had a wonderful time in Kyoto and Hiroshima. Only advice is to arrive 1 hour early before your first bullet train ride in Tokyo: Ask for directions to your platform at the information desk and learn to follow the bilingual signage. After that you will wiz through at all future train stations.
Excellent tour. Everything worked perfectly. I will recommend it.
This tour is super in many ways, the train ride is already worth the price we paid, the hotels are great! I have no word to describe, so if you are interested to head to Kyoto and Hiroshima: please book with no doubt
I thought this tour was fabulous. Everything worked like a dream. Train tickets and instructions were at my hotel when I arrived! The instructions were clear and the hotels were very well placed for ease of activities and restaurants. A thoroughly well planned tour.
If you have limited time available this is an ideal tour if you are relatively new to Japan. The arrangements worked seamlessly from the delivery of tickets to catching the amazing trains and checking in to the very reasonable hotels. We prefer a more independent style of travel with some of the hassle of train and hotel bookings taken care of. Despite the reasonably clear instructions there were still some challenges making sure you found the right platform and train. Its worth planning what to do in Kyoto and Hiroshima in the limited time available. We chose the late trains and had time each day to tour. If you travel to the island next to Hiroshima it takes 70mins each way on the tram to the ferry, you will need most of the day to visit and when we went it was overrun with school groups.
The train experience is to be recommended. Interesting though was the cultural shock on entering the subway to find the ticket machines alongside the 1000s of local commuters, as well as the correct platform. The three day independent tour is perfect as the accommodation is brilliantly located in both Kyoto and Hiroshima. The timeline was perfect for us. Kyoto has a lot to offer in history and culture changes over 100s of years. Hiroshima speaks for itself. The bomb site and the museum are a must. This is now a very modern and beautiful city. The Japanese people could not be more polite and friendly if they tried. Try and find some rubbish on the ground. If you are so lucky try then to find a bin!
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