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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!
PAT Sri Lanka
Everything as described and cheap and best.
Hotels are closed to the Railway stations also 3 star rank.
The tour agent JTB fulfilled my wishes in train seat bookings.
Thank u so much.
We had a problem with handling the tickets properly and had to pay extra for a ticket that was lost. upon contact with Viator and upon return to USA we had a refund properly handled as we provided the data. Excellent and prompt service. The 3 day tour and accomodations were very well done. We enjoyed our entire trip
Great trip. The bullet train can't be beat. Everything was very organised. The hotels chosen for my trip were fantastic with very helpful staff.
Just made it so easy to see more of Japan. Great hotels and so impressed by Japanese transport.
to start with the instructions and tickets were waiting for me at my Tokyo hotel before I booked in. The instructions were easy to understand. I opted for the late train time and I thought I would give up some time in each of the cities but this was not the case the way the train times went there was plenty of time to look around. Seating on the train is reserved and they booked window seats on all journeys. The hotels were 1st class and a lot better than I expected, the bonus was they were only 5 minutes from the train stations so not much carrying luggage around. I was only in Japan for 7 days and wanted to see more than Tokyo, if visiting other sites is something you want to do I would highly recommend this tour
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to experience the real Japan. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. Also, thanks to Walter for being so helpful with our questions. The hotels were amazing and we didn't have to worry about anything as everything was booked for us.
Jan M USA
What great value! Everything was straightforward and easy to follow. The hotels were amazing and couldn't have been more convenient. I would recommend taking the early morning trains so you maximize your time in Kyoto and have the option of leaving later in unreserved cars. The cars are all the same beautiful. I would recommend traveling with as little luggage as you can so you can enjoy the experience without the hassle of the bags. I too would recommend going to the Peace Park on day of arrival and utilizing those hours so that you can either return or go to the Island the following day. A good restaurant near the Museum across the street with the Peace Bridges is Mario's Italian! Even National Geographic tourists were eating there! Another day in Hiroshima would have been nice.
This trip is fantastic! Arrived Tokyo on Sunday evening and the train tickets were waiting for us at our hotel. From that moment everything worked perfectly, and the hotels were better than I expected. No breakfast included but because the hotels are in or very close to train stations, there are plenty of great food options within reach. For Hiroshima, I would recommend doing the peace park etc on day of arrival and then Miyajima on Day 2. Enjoy!
Awesome is all I can say. The hotels were very nice and the staff there were great. The Shinkansen instructions were right in the money. Great trip.
A must see, and the experience on the Bullet was amazing. Fabulous scenery and a great train ride
Everything went perfect - information, transport and hotels - could not have been better!!!
I was traveling to Tokyo alone and was a little bit cautious about paying for something were I did not receive my ticket straight away. However I decided to go ahead, my hotel was not listed so I imputed the address and contact number I received an email a day or two after from a real person asking me to confirm this, payment was then made. The tickets was delivered to my hotel about 3 days before departure and had all the times, schedules and tips needed. It was really easy!! hotels were right next to the train station and the rooms and hotels were extremely nice. Considering I am a massive worrier, I did not panic once as it was so well organised. This was one of the highlights of my trip and would book my trips through Viator again. If you are unsure, I hope I can assure you that if I can do it on my own at 22 being a big worrier then you can!!
Oliver Dawson London
Great value, if only for the planning. Not a single problem during the whole 3 days. Tickets, reserved seats on the Bullet Trains and two excellent hotels. The hotel in Kyoto has a Tour Desk where you can book the Morning Tour on arrival for the next day. In Hiroshima, just ask Hotel Reception for a Day Pass JPY400 on the Loop Bus. The Red and Green Routes take you everywhere you're likely to want to visit. Simple!
The hotels of this trip are in such great, central locations and were comfortable as well! Shinkansen tickets were easy to use - just know you can't get on any earlier trains if you decide not to use on the pre-reserved seat - you can only get on later trains if non-reserved seats are available.
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