3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo - Reviews

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JENNIE Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Very professional tour .We were looked after from start to finish.Always a representative present to get us to where we needed to go .Everything organised.Tour guides were very good.Some tours required a fair amount of walking,which was a problem for some people on our tour.

Dale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Guides were amazing, extremely well organized.

starkman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

we saw mount Fji.
Kyoto was great
my upgraded hotel was lovely
Nara was awesome those deer were cute
kadoshi shrine was great
golden shrine great
lunch abundant and great
what a difference a good guide makes!
All were obsessed with time rather than content
lunch at the lake was so so but the lake was great
lake ashi was super the boat ride too short
train ride back was good but wasnt there a direct train rather than a milk run?

Kun L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

It was a well organized tour with personal attention to the detail. Local guides showed up at every departure and transfer station and made sure we do not miss our trains. At Kyoto and Tokyo Stations local guide showed up at arrival platform, again and had each tourist taken to the right hotel by taxi cab. At Mt. Fuji 5th Station, we had only a glimpse of Mt. Fuji due to the fog and rain. After the cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone, we took the gondola to the top of the mountain. Mt. Fuji was not visible from there, either because of the bad weather. In Kyoto we saw Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, and Kinkakuji Temple. In the afternoon we went to Nara and visited Todaji Temple and Kashuga Takisha Shrine. On the the third day which was free day, my wife and I went to Arashiyama by subway and visited Bamboo Grove and Tenryuji Temple.

Japan was affected by typhoon and it rained everyday during our tour. It might have been more enjoyable if weather was nice. But we had a good sightseeing under the circumstances. We would like to visit Japan, again.

jaja

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our group really enjoy every tour. Tour guides are very informative. The tour took us to a lot of place such as Hakone, Mt Fuji and a lot of castle and temples in Kyoto. The Nara park is very amazing with deers all around and the stunning Todai-ji Temple.

jaja

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our group really enjoy every tour. Tour guides are very informative. The tour took us to a lot of place such as Hakone, Mt Fuji and a lot of castle and temples in Kyoto. The Nara park is very amazing with deers all around and the stunning Todai-ji Temple.

Glenda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Loved this tour due to the amazing organisation and assistance by all the tour guides. It was so good to have a tour guide at each station while travelling to and from Kyoto to show us the way.

KAUE M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Amazing! Very well organized trip! It covers the main points all over Mt. Fuji region and Kyoto/Nara region. Very attentive guides the two days. I could learn and enjoy a lot, as well as meet interesting people! Super recommended! =)

Malcolm W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent tour and extremely well organised. The Okura hotel is definitely worth the upgrade and is superbly located for free evenings and your free day.

kbn818

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

The first day of the tour consisted of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi cruise, and aquarium in Hakone. Due to the rain, we didn't see the Mt. Fuji from the 5th station. However, we were able to see Mt. Fuji when we were heading to Hakone and got some nice pictures of mountain from the bus. It was raining during the Lake Ashi cruise. Due to the rain, we didn't go on the Mt. Komagatake ropeway but visited an aquarium instead. The took the bullet train Shinkansen to Kyoto. There was tour attendants waiting for us at various stations to ensure that we had correct transfers. Another attendant also walked with us from the Kyoto station to New Miyako hotel. On the second day, we visited Nijo Castle, Kinkajuki Temple Golden Pavilion, and Imperial Palace in the morning. The tour guide was humorous and informative. He made funny jokes and kept us laughing throughout the tour. At Nijo Castle, we learned about the meanings of various paintings, customs, and practices during the Edo period. It was very crowded at the Golden Pavilion. There were many tourists and lines of students taking field trip. The Golden Pavilion is indeed iconic with its' magnificent gold exterior. In the afternoon, we went to Nara to see Todaiji temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. The Todaiji temple is huge and the Buddha is 16 meters tall. Outside the temple is a park famous for roaming deers. The deers bow when people feed them crackers. Our kids spent a long time at this park petting and feeding the deers. The Taisha shrine is different from other shrines in that it has so many different lanterns in the gardens, and along the steps leading to the shrine. The Miyako hotel is very convenient due to its proximity to the train station. The station has a lot of shops and restaurants. On the third day, we were on our own and visited the Nishiki market and Fushimi Inari shrine. If we have a chance to visit the Fushimi Inari shrine again, we would go there early in the morning to avoid the crowd and to have enough time to walk through the vermilion gates leading up to the mountain. Each of the location has special and unique souvenirs and pastries/sweets. I recommend that you buy what you like at each sight because you may not find the same items near your hotel or at the airport.

jjyee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Overall, it was an amazing tour and the Sunset Tour agency that ran it was very well organized and proficient. What I didn't know at the time of the booking is that 3-day tour really consisted of multiple tours stitched together. So it's not the same group of people that are on a 3-day tour, but rather a 1-day tour, following by a separate morning tour and then another afternoon tour, really 3 separate tours put together. The good thing about this approach was that there were no predetermined dates that the tour would be provided. We basically choose the dates that fit best in our schedule and the tour company just needed to fill 1 day tours or half day tours instead of trying to make everyone fit into a 3-day tour. So we were the only couple that did this 3-day tour starting on a particular day, but the tour company did a magnificent job in managing our experience. They made sure there was someone from the tour company meeting us in every train station and location that guided us to our next destination. There was even a guide that waited in a connection train station only to ensure we transferred to the right train and another one that met us at our destination and rode with us in a taxi to our hotel. The level of service was excellent.

The tour guides themselves were also excellent, each providing history of Japan including visual aides on the bus rides to the destination and at every location, they were knowledgeable and friendly. At the time of our tour, it was also excursion time for school children in Japan so there was an onslaught of people at each of the stops in Kyoto and they did a great job keeping the group together while providing helpful facts along the way.

Seeing Mt Fuji is an incredible experience, just the sheer size of it is amazing. Seeing the castles in Kyoto were good, but was a little overwhelming with the amount of people visiting. The shrines in Nara were more interesting and feeding the deer was fun. I would recommend planning the last day of the 3-day tour which is free time with no scheduled tours ahead of time or booking some additional tours for the last day. We ended up seeing a few sights on our own but also wandered a bit and had to kill time because we didn't organize it better. The hotel options available to choose from on the Viator site are all conveniently located, but I would recommend spending a little more and choosing a 4 star or above hotel.

Annie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Wonderful trip. We were well looked after all the way. great way to see that part of Japan if you only have a few days

Gopal K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

A very well organised tour, meticulously planned and executed.
The tour operator took care of each one of us from our group in every step. Would highly recommend this tour to tourists who are still considering. All the tour guides communicate very well in English and are extremely cooperative.

lisabadovinac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Fabulous! This trip was so convenient to cover a lot of ground in a few days. Our guides were excellent and we loved every site. The deer are precious!

Carolien S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Highlights of taking Japan tours with Viator:
- You aren't stuck with the same people for the entire tour! They separated our 3 day tour into morning and afternoon sessions, each with people joining and leaving. That means we didn't have to put up with each other long enough to become familiar with each others' annoying habits. You know what I'm talking about if you've done overseas tours before. Not a great thing if you're touring alone because there isn't such a great sense of community.
- Public transportation in Japan is NOT tourist friendly. We are pretty well versed with international subway/train/bus navigation but we would've been completely lost without this tour. It was amazing to literally have a staff member guide us through train stations to the very platform and correct train and have a staff member waiting directly outside of our train exit at our destination. Specifically for this 3-day tour, we had someone pick us up from the hotel in Tokyo on day 1, take us to a bus terminal where they had all their tourists separate into groups and get on correct tour buses. After the day-long tour the bus dropped us off at Tokyo station with someone who gave us our bullet train cards and walked us up to the correct platform and train car entrance. When we arrived in Kyoto there was someone who knew our names and seat numbers who met us at the platform and walked us into the lobby of our hotel If the hotel wasn't within walking distance they would have had a taxi ready for us. Day 2 we were picked up and dropped off at the hotel. Day 3 we spent on our own and at 6pm we met a Viator staff member in the lobby who walked us to the platform of the bullet train back to Tokyo. Again, someone met us at the exit of the train in Tokyo and walked us to a taxi they had waiting. It was already paid for and the driver knew where to take us.
-Recommendations: New Miyako hotel in Kyoto. Very nice, across the street from the train station, next to a mall with a food court, and walking distance from a 5 story pagoda and Toji temple for your day off. Tobu Tokyo Levant Hotel if you decide to go back to Tokyo after the tour. It's in the Asakusa district which has everything you want to see/do.

Sheepdoc United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This was an amazing tour. Apparently Mt Fuji is usually shrouded in clouds, but December is the time to go. All the stops were great. The tour company had English speaking guides meet you at every change of venue. We went for the more expensive hotel and it was right across the street from Kyoto's street markets.

Pinsi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Loved! Mt. Fuji was in complete view and we were able to go to step 4. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and friendly. Our Nara tour guide was a Japanese girl who spoke perfect English. She was the sweetest and we could tell she loved her job. The deer in Nara were so fun to be around. Feeding them is definitely an experience you'll remember. Highly recommend this 3 day tour!

janelives25

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This was an excellent way to see a lot in a short space of time. The organisation was exceptional. At every stage of the journey we were met by Sunrise tour guides who made sure that we were well looked after.
The visit to Mount Fuji was wonderful. We were lucky to have such brilliant weather so we were able to catch glimpses of the mountain from just outside Tokyo. It was very busy when we arrived at the fifth station and very cold. The area was full of tourist shops but it was easy to turn your back on them and enjoy the beauty of the snow clad summit glistening in the sun.
Back down to ground level and we enjoyed a very good lunch of local food with a good vegetarian option too.
On to Lake Ashi. The boat trip was really hardly worth the effort but it took us to the cable car station and, again, it was very crowded. But we were moved to the front in order to get to the top to enjoy the views before the sunset. Mount Fuji, the lake and out to the Pacific ocean....beautiful.
There were just three of us continuing to Kyoto on the bullet train and the journey involved a change with just 4 minutes to make our connection. This could have been quite a challenge but the organisation was perfect. We were accompanied to the first train and given numbered seats. At the transfer station another guide was waiting for us as we arrived and she took us to the next train. At Kyoto we were met by yet another guide who took us to a taxi to take us to the hotel.
The hotel was lovely with a big, comfortable room and very well situated with a Starbucks next door and a 7-11 just across the road.
The next day consisted of two tours. The morning tour concentrated on the sights of Kyoto. A bit hectic but lots to see and a very informative guide.We had a buffet lunch with plenty of choices at a heritage centre. In the afternoon we headed out to Nara and the beautiful parks and temples with an excellent guide who showed us some different aspects and explained the history.
Another night in Kyoto and we had the next day to explore for ourselves. We really enjoyed the amazing street market selling anything and everything.
The return journey to Tokyo, also on the bullet train was equally stress free.
As first timers in Japan, this was an excellent trip and it has given us lots of ideas for a return visit and left us very impressed with the Japanese transport system.

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

The tour was fantastic and they took care of us every step of the way! Couldn and #39;t have been easier.

shereelan8

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Excellent tour.
We went to Mt. Fuji on the first day, the sky was clouded at the beginning when we get to the 5th point. Couldn't see any of the Mt. Fuji even we were right next to it. Fortunately the sun came out and we had a wonderful view.
The tram ride up to Mt. Komagatake was the best part of the trip. We took many pictures.
The bullet train ride was well organized, there were tour guides at each stop to greet us and took us to the next train track.
Hotel is fine, we did not upgrade to the better one. It is in the middle of the town and have plenty of restaurants.
Kyoto and Nara trip was very nice. We came at the right time, the foliage was so pretty,
The scenery and the tour experience was the best, we enjoyed so much!!

Mark and Judy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

I highly recommend this tour. It is a great way to see sights outside of Tokyo without having to do a lot of planning or research. The tour guides were all well informed and spoke good English. First you are picked up at your hotel in Tokyo and travel with a small group by bus to Mt Fuji, where you go halfway up the mountain. There are great photo ops and a gift store. We were blessed with a very crisp clear November day. Then you will stop for lunch, which was surprisingly excellent! Then you take a ferry and a cable car up Mt Hakone, where there are great views of Mt Fuji. We were then dropped off at the Shinkansen station to travel on to Kyoto. Tour operators met us every step along the way during bus, rail, and hotel transfers. In Kyoto, the hotel was first class! The next day you are in for a whirlwind day: touring palaces in Kyoto in the morning, another great buffet lunch, then an afternoon bus ride to Nara where you will absolutely marvel at the World's Largest Bronze Buddha an eerie ancient Shinto Shrine and hundreds of deer roaming free. The following day you are free to explore Kyoto on your own, and I would highly recommend the Old City Ninenzawa district. Then at 1700 you are picked up at the hotel, back on the Shinkansen to Tokyo, and taxi'd back to your hotel. This tour was well worth the money, and when we consider all we saw and the superior service, was actually quite reasonably priced!

Yon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

I love the tours of Japan, tour guide were the BEST!!

desmond.koh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Rush but managed to follow-up. Excellent!

Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

We enjoyed all aspects of our tour...even got to see Mt. Fuji which isn't always available. Very good tour guides entertained us.

Armando G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

We absolutely loved the trip! It was perfectly organised, on time, very professional and kind tour guides, they accompanied us until the very last minute we took the train back to Tokyo. We were very impressed. Would recommend to everyone!

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