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Oct112013

Tour/Activity

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

Kyoto, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a good tour if you want to see a little of Kyoto. The only missing item on my list is the stop at the Gion district.

So, fyi, Viator is a reseller of Sunrise tours. The guide (Ms.Yumi) was actually very attentive and spoke decent English. The sites are interesting, and were packed with people, but that was not a problem. The Golden Pavilion is a thing to see, and we got lucky with a nice tour of the imperial palace. It would have been great to have another hour as your shopping time or taking pictures is negligible.

There are a few takeaways for you to know:

1) If you don't pick the primary pickup location, Sunrise is bad at making pickup arrangements. Viator doesn't do anything about that and I had experienced this on two of three tours. So, be careful.

2) When the guide tells you that they will leave at this time, you better follow. As everything is tight on schedule, my wife and I were 4 min late, and I was running to the moving bus to stop them, as they left without us.

Oct102013

Tour/Activity

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

If you are interested in visiting Nara, its an ok tour to try it. You do get a chance to see the mentioned tourist attractions. But it also depends what you want to get out of this tour.

So, fyi, Viator is a reseller of tours. The guides English (Mr.Yoshi) was not good. It was very difficult to understand him, and he spoke to fast to make things challenging. Seems like his interest was in cracking jokes and did not talk much about historical details.

The sites are interesting, and were packed with people. There is not enough time to cover the sites and have a few min for shopping. I wish that they would add probably an hour to the tour. I think they provided a good tour just need to have a better guide.

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