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If you want to get the most out of your time in Japan—this is the way to do it. Your three day tour will take you to Mt. Fuji, you’ll experience the thrill of a bullet train, see multiple UNESCO-listed sites in Kyoto, visit the deer park in Nara, and much more. You’ll have a stress-free experience with accommodation and transport organized for you, and a guide to navigate.
This was a busy trip! The guides for all parts of this journey were excellent. While on the bus, they gave information about where we were going, the areas we were passing through, and sights along the way. While at the various locations, they did a great job with explaining the layout of the place, the history of the place, and tips about how to get around the place. There were a lot of moving parts with this trip, between getting picked up on day 1 and 2, having to get back on the bus at a certain time after free time at the sight, and the traveling via shinkansen to Kyoto. There was always someone at the location we were at, so I never felt lost at all, even when I was transferring trains in between Mt. Fuji and Kyoto. It was a 100 worry-free trip on my part because they took care of everything else. The guides always took the time to talk to us on the bus if we had any questions about how we were getting to the next location when this phase of the tour ended. This tour was actually a combination of 3 tours, with different people's trips ending or starting at different times, but it was all done so smoothly that you didn't really notice it. There was free time at each sight after the guided tour part, but since we were visiting many locations each day, it wasn't as much free time as you would have if you were visiting somewhere at your own pace. Sometimes you did wish you could have more time at each location.
On the first day, I ended up in Kyoto around 10pm, while the description made it seem like you'd get there early enough to go out and eat somewhere. Instead, I ate dinner at the shinkansen station around 6pm after the Mt. Fuji part of the trip and before boarding the shinkansen.
I got the one-way option because I wanted to wander around Kyoto a bit in the morning before heading back to Tokyo. You could easily stretch that last day into a full day, though, and walk around with a backpack like I did and get a late train into Tokyo. I walked to Kyoto station, got a shinkansen ticket on a machine, and headed back.
Also, if you do get a return train back to Tokyo after the trip, I'd recommend getting off at Shinagawa and transferring to the Yamanote line there if you're going somewhere on the west side of the city, because you don't have to pay any extra fare since it's still a JR line.
Charles W United States of ...
We saw everything except mt. Fujii! I guess it is the norm NOT to be able to see the mmy. The tour guide was very informative and worked so hard to make our tour enjoyable.
I was very impressed with the quality of this tour. It was run so efficiently with attention every little detail. All the staff were so friendly and extremely helpful.
Our tour guidelines, esp Yuki, were amazing. There was someone to guide you at every stop, starting from your hotel lobby and to your return, so you were never left alone to struggle in a foreign country.
I would definitely use this tour again if/when I return back to Japan.
This 3 day tour overall was a fantastic experience. We not only met some great people on the trip from around the world that we became friends with, but what we found to be exceptional was the logistics. All of the transportation and luggage handling from the moment we met our day 1 tour guide to the moment we checked out on day 3 was seamlessly handled and very professional. Along the way, every single train ride, taxi ride, or bus ride was accompanied by a uniform-wearing staff, so there is not one single moment where you felt lost or on your own. They even have someone wait for you as you exit a train to walk you to your next transfer train - for us that was at 10 PM on a Sunday night. Incredible! The sights were fantastic. While we were initially excited to see Mt Fuji, we found it to be mostly OK because it took a lot of driving and you end up only being at the fifth transfer station. So, you only see the top of Mt. Fuji, while the majority of your short 15 minute stop is spent battling tourists in what amounts to a gigantic bathroom and gift shop stop. We thoroughly enjoyed Nara and wish we had another hour to feed the deers that were on the ground. Kyoto was a great city - don't forget to check out Nashiki Market on your own, during free time. If I had one gripe, it's that much of the 3 days were spent travelling, whether on a bus or on a train. While that might be inevitable, I felt like the time spent a each stop was a little short. For example, some gift shop stops or shrine visits were only 10 or 15 minutes long. If you consider that the bus has to first park, and it takes a few minutes to get off the bus, you're only spending 7 or 8 minutes at a stop. Before you get to really get your footing or see anything, you're expected to be back on the bus. Maybe this is a universal downside to all group-style tours? Finally, for hotel choice, I would not recommend choosing the Karasuma Kyoto hotel if you don't like hot rooms. The location of the hotel was fantastic close to Ippudo, NIshiki Market, Tokyu Hands department store however, there is no air conditioning in the room. Each room has a switch that says low-medium-high, but there is not temperature adjustment. The entire hotel is set to one temperature, the front desk explained, and more likely than not it will be blowing hot air or some temperature not to your liking. In our 2 night stay, our room was so hot that I barely slept - it felt like I was in a humid sauna. We met another guest who had exactly the same comments about their room. Otherwise, this is a trip worth taking especially if it is your first visit to each of these locations. The tour certainly takes the thinking and planning out of your hands, and you are guided by some fantastic, nice, and knowledgeable tour guides!
Emilymlow United States of ...
This tour was more than I imagined. We had spectacular weather, beautiful cherry blossom viewing, and terrific information about Japan and its people. The Golden Palace and its beautiful grounds were a high point. Our guides and drivers were expert, and provided wonderful information. We enjoyed the tour tremendously and recommend it to anyone who wants an overview of these cultural treasures.
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were looked after amazingly well throughout our trip.
Jimmicito United States of ...
Sunrise Tours did a class job. We got pretty good pictures of Mt Full because our guide and driver worked together to optimize timing under the weather conditions. They treated us well with our bullet train trip to Kyoto.
This tour was amazing!
My family and I enjoyed this trip very much. Our guides for the 3 days were very knowledgeable and shared lots of wonderful facts about Japan’s history. If you want a fun, interesting and breathtaking side trip, this tour is great!
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