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May142012

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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour was the best one I took while in Japan my first time. The guide was very friendly, helpful, and knew her stuff. The scenery was amazing. The Toshogu shrine was great, and the gardens in the Tamozawa Imperial Villa were the best I saw on my trip. And the end stop of visiting the Kirifuri Waterfall was a fantastic way to end the trip.

However, the trip on the bus to and from the park was long and luckily the bus was only half full so I could choose a better seat to be more comfortable. And I definitely would have liked more time in all three places.

But these are minor issues that come with going on a tour, and for the price and the places you visit this is definitely a great tour to take.

May122012

Tour/Activity

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

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Overall I enjoyed this tour around Tokyo. The Meiji Shrine was the first shrine I visited while in Tokyo and was great to see, plus there was a traditional wedding happening at the same time so that was great to see. The Imperial Palace East Garden was interesting to visit and the Asakusa Kannon Temple was great.

There are some things that were a little disappointing with the tour. The guide was a little standof-ish, which considering the amount of people on the tour was probably just something that happens. The Imperial Palace gardens were a disappointment after seeing some of the other sights of Tokyo. The Tokyo Bay cruise was fairly short and you didn't really see that much (luckily there was another wedding on the boat to captivate people).

Also, though it is listed as a Western-style lunch, it was still disappointing to eat Western food while in Tokyo. One of my reasons for going to Japan was to try the local cuisine. And then finishing off the tour in Odaiba, while great cause I got to see the Statue of Liberty and Gundam statue, was another let-down cause there wasn't much else to do.

I would have liked more time in Asakusa, especially since that was a tourist spot with shopping opportunities, and maybe a stop in Ginza instead of just driving by and saying it is the upmarket shopping area.

I know there are a few criticisms there, but with some modification this could be a really good showcase of Tokyo, and after spending several days there, there is just so much interesting stuff to see.

This is a really good tour and a good way to become familiar with some of the landmarks that make up this great city.

May112012

Tour/Activity

Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I'm going to start by saying that if you can get here without going on a tour, then do it. This is a really great museum that deserves a heap of time to get through, especially if you're a fan of Studio Ghibli.

If you go here and a tour is the only way, then this is also a good tour to take. The guide I had was really knowledgeable about the museum and helpful. And the amount of stuff to see is amazing.

Because of this , like I said above, my only real criticism is that there isn't enough time to really explore everything fully. The next time I go to Tokyo I will be going here again.

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