The local tour operator for Viator on this tour was wonderful in moving the people smoothly from Tokyo to Kyoto and back via the bullet train. They are very organized for logistics every day of the tour. But while actually touring in Kyoto and Nara, you are combined in a big tour bus of about 40 people to view the sights, With one guide who often speaks to only the closest 5 - 10 people, it is not the most intimate experience. If you don't like large groups, from all ethnic backgrounds which is interesting, but often include tourists who need to be taking selfies constantly, this may not be the tour for you. But if you want a really organized tour that gets you from Tokyo to Kyoto and Nara and back and to many of the most important sights including the bullet train experience, this tour does all the work for putting this together for you. We stayed at the New Miyako hotel, which has nice sized rooms for Japan, is extremely conveniently located by Kyoto Station and had a very helpful staff.