Kevin H Canada
The tour was very well worthwhile, the scenery was beautiful, and it was nice to see some smaller sites not normally seen on a tour!
you could probably do this tour by yourself, our guide was great and very nice and talkative, but honestly, its easy enough to get to from kyoto station on your own. the scenery in and around the bamboo forest is really worth taking in. and whilst you can do the forest itself in 15mins or so with the tour, it might be something you want to spend a little more time surrounded by. The town has great food and souvenir stops which i recommend. The tour guide gives you the option of staying behind or heading back to kyoto together - so if you can, i think staying back to experience the sights and treats is worth it. Would love to see the forest at night. The 200 yen soft-serve icecream is a must as well! :)
Amazing fall colors! Glad I joined this tour at the right time when all the maple and ginkgo trees were ablazed with beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow, and everything in between.
The tour guide was ppersonable and was very happy to provide an insight into the cultural,spiritual and social aspects of this district. She spoke fluent aenhlish. The gardens were spectacularvand you had the freedom to stay longer and were given train ticket home.
This tour leads off the Kyoto city limits, the train needed about 30 minutes, a shuttle to Kyoto main is included. Sights are the Sagano bamboo grove, two temples and the Toketsukyo bridge. Explanations are given while walking, since that’s what you do all the time. At the end you will have an opportunity to do a little shopping. The tour guide was friendly and competent, the price seems a little high although all transportation was included. Anyway it was an interesting morning, but you should know how to use your feet (especially in summer).
We really enjoyed our trip to Arashiyama. Its a beautiful town with so much to offer. Great scenery and walks along the river, through the town and of course the bamboo and gardens. Our guide Mitch was really informative and made the trip interesting. Id definitely recommend the this trip.
The tour guide was informative and speaks good English. I am happy with the way she conducted the tour.
Malcolm S United Kingdom
Well worth doing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The area is so different from central Kyoto and, in places, gives a feel of old Japan.
Lincoln W USA
We enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide was great. We enjoyed meeting folks on the tour.
Simon T Australia
We enjoyed the tour. We were amazed how quickly the bamboo grows!!! We were anxious about getting the train back to Tokyo after the tour. The guide was very helpful.
A large tour and a little unwieldy, relying on public transit with very little commentary over the headsets given to our group. In retrospect, I could have easily gotten to the area and then would have had the time to wander at my leisure. It was disappointing that the temple tour was limited to the gardens and not the temple and with wayward group members disappearing, much time was wasted rounding up our too-large group. At least we had the option of returning the headsets and wandering on our own at our own pace.
The guide provided a good source of information in regards to the history and culture of the places we had visited.
However, it took me by surprise that the tour we paid for was a hop onto the public train transportation rather than a coach ride.
Guide provided additional help by checking and providing us with transport directions to other places we wanted to visit that was not part of the itinerary.
It was raining and crowded, some people got lost on the tour and it became a waiting tour. My husband and I decided to leave early.
Alana H Australia
The place itself was beautiful and well worth visiting. The guide spoke very good English and conducted herself very well. However, I believe the tour was overpriced, with little bang for your buck! If you have the time, visit by yourself.
Stephen M Australia
Maybe I'm biased because it was such a cold and miserable day but the tour was a disappointment. The bamboo forest I was expecting was a small planted patch. Maybe on a nicer day I'd have been more forgiving of the letdown.
Katherine T Singapore
Its a nice small area, so don't expect a big forest of bamboo. Only if you have time!