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Grace L

Grace L

USA

Dec032012

Tour/Activity

Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu

Oahu, Hawaii

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This tour is NOT worth the cost. We spent more than half of the time going to non-volcano related gift shops and eating at a disgusting cafe. Only 3-4 hrs were at the park, which was mostly driving around and being rushed through each crater stop. Tour guide was not entertaining or informative.

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Apr032008

Tour/Activity

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

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Taking the bus up to the middle of Mt Fuji was definitely an experience not to be missed! Hakone was a nice place with many little shops to buy souvenirs and snacks. The cruise was rather windy and a bit chilly, but nothing a good jacket couldn't combat. I think I could have skipped this portion of the trip and been just as happy. The bullet train ride was definitely a new experience for me. I had purchased the upgraded tour package, so I got to ride in the "Green Car" of the bullet train which was the first-class seats. It was almost as nice as first class on an airplane! Kyoto was amazing with Nara deer park being the highlight of my day. I got to purchase crackers to feed the deer! Also there was plenty of leisure time after the tour to roam around Kyoto and see some of the Gion district. There are many shops and restaurants all around. I enjoyed the entire trip, and the only confusion that occurred for me during the trip was the different tour guides each day. The guide I had for the Mt Fuji and Hakone portion of the trip made many comments about his personal life, which made me feel a little awkward. The guide also hand drew maps and charts of where we were going on the back of old calendar paper. I thought the tour could have provided maps for him that would have been more legible. Also, at times, the guide's English was hard to understand. However, all-in-all, all of the guides were very helpful and, when asked, gave great suggestions of places we could see cherry blossoms, where we could find a good place to eat, and where to visit.

Apr012008

Tour/Activity

Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The panoramic tour kick started our week in Tokyo. The itinerary is a bit packed so sometimes it feels rushed when you only have thirty minutes to spend at one place. But that's the nature of tours. Besides seeing all of the different places in Tokyo, the next best part of the tour was our tour guide! Our guide was extremely entertaining and helpful. He had a humorous way of explaining to us the Japanese culture and surroundings. The price of the tour is so reasonable that I highly recommend taking this tour if you want a quick glimpse of Tokyo. It definitely allowed me to see more and to decide where I wanted to go back to the next day and in the future.

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