This is a well-planned tour which more than met our expectations. Although the first stop at Mt. Fuji was less than ideal due to weather conditions, this was more than made up during the cable car trip by which time the weather cleared up so that we could see Fuji in all its glory and on the other side could see as far as Tokyo. Our first guide, Marie was a delight and her English was good enough to be understood. The Kyoto guide needs some more training, both language-vise and in her ability to lead the tour. Nevertheless the Kyoto tour was comprehensive and enjoyable. The Okura hotel was splendid. The weather favored us again and we got some splendid pictures of masses of cherry trees in full bloom. We were impressed with the way the guide at the Kyoto railway station took care of us, to make sure we got onto the right car of the right bullet train and the way we were met in Tokyo and taken back to our hotel.
This was a well-thought-out trip with an opportunity to see Japanese farmland on the way to the scenic area where one could view the waterfall and the impressive shrine in a beautiful setting. The three-monkey origins of course are also an attraction! The summer palace of the emperor was mildly interesting but the surrounding gardens were serene and beautiful and worth the excursion. The guide did her best but her English was not easily understood. We felt we were well taken care of and were glad we made this trip.
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