This tour had many problems. To begin with there was the problem of time management. At the first stop in Kamakura, the tour group was allowed to wander around Hasedera Temple and this caused a delay when regrouping for the next attraction. The visit to the outdoor Giant Buddha involved a 10 minute walk. Again the tour group was allowed to wander around before walking 10 minutes back to the bus. At the next stop things got worse. The tour was delayed again when not everyone returned to the bus on time. The tour guide had to run back to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine to find the stragglers. Eventually a very hungry tour bus arrived in Yokohama for lunch at around 2pm. This was made worse by the choice of restaurant. Instead of an all you can eat Chinese buffet, the tour included a fancy small portioned Chinese meal that did not include any rice. The tour then continued with a shorten visit to the Sankeien Garden in the rain. The trip back to Tokyo included crossing the Yokohama Bay bridge. When we arrived in Ginza, the bus stopped near the metro station where we had to step over guard rails to get onto the sidewalk. The weather did not help, but this tour should have been better.
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Our tour guide "Curry" was very nice. She went out of her way to make sure everyone had a great time. The tour began with a drive through various parts of Tokyo. Our first stop was the Senso-ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa. We had enough time to explore the area and even eat chow mein noodles. The next stop was Tokyo Sky Tree. The bus dropped us off a few blocks away and we walked about 5 minutes before arriving at the taxi drop off entrance to the tower. There we waited while our tour guide picked up our tickets. The wait to board the elevator wasn't very long compared to those arriving on their own. The views from the Tembo Deck are incredible. After an hour or so we returned to the bus and ended our tour at the Tokyo train station. Our tour guide was kind enough to escort us through the station to find the Keiyo line that would take us to Maihama. We all hugged her when we said goodbye.
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