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Fantastic and special experience. This was a once in a lifetime excursion, expensive but boy was it worth it. My family (4 of us with a 15 and 11 year old) were met at our hotel and transported by taxi to the GIon district. We were taken to a private room in what was clearly an authentic Japanese restuarant and treated like royalty. Course after course was brought out to us whilst we were entertained by a Maiko. We were able to ask any questions, learning a lot about Japanese culture and the life of the Maiko and Geisha. It was just wonderful. The food was not always entirely to our palate (lots and lots of fish) but that just added to the overall sense that we had stepped back in time. If you have the opportunity ... Do it.
Doing what: The Art of the Geisha: Private Dinner in Kyoto
Unfortunately I forgot the name of the tour guide, but he was very funny and gave us great information of the places and the landscape until we got there. The temples were beautiful and deserve a visit, specially Todaiji with the massive statues.
The deer park is at the same place of Todaiji temple, and there is plenty of time to visit the temple and to play with the deers. They sell special cookies to give them, so if you buy the cookies, be ready to have a lot of deers gathering around you and maybe even biting lightly your clothes. It can be scary, but it's a fun experience! For those not willing to take such risk, there are deers laying around and taking naps, so you can gently approach and cherish them.
Unlike other bus tours, this one didn't feel rushed. We felt we had enough time to visit the places and take great pictures.
A wonderful tour. It was a fantastic peek into Japanese history, and Yuki our guide was very informative. There was a bit of walking but it is manageable for elderly people with creaky bones. The drop off at the end of the half day tour can be at the Handicraft Centre. Another couple of hours spent perusing the three floors of gifts to take home.
Great experience our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. The cooking class was first rate . I would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Kyoto
Tour was great. Pick-up-point is easily reachable. Just be aware of the circumstance, that the Kyoto station is big. It might take some time to find your way through it.
The attractions were awesome. The guide was friendly and from a persoective of knowledge ok.
Awesome experience! It made the whole trip to Kyoto beeing more than just a sight seeing tour - esspecially if you are interested in martial arts and in Japanese history a little.
I strongly recommend the two hour lesson. It contains a brief introduction, basics, foto session, short coreography.
Doing what: Samurai School: Samurai for a Day
The day that I went on was beautiful and perfect. Our guild was good, vary knowledge and quite funny too. Its is actually hard to explain how awesome this tour was. All I can say is that I got some amazing photos and memories!!!
I had a LOT OF FUN!!! I loved samurai's since I was a kid from watching old movies and cartoons shows, so getting to dress up like one was cool. They give you a couple of gifts at the end, they're small but they're still gifts.
All around I had a great time!!!
Doing what: Samurai School: Samurai for a Day
Got to see everything I wanted to in a short space of time and I was well informed about each location by a very friendly tour guide. Would definitely recommend.
Our tour guide was excellent, informative, kind and patient. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Tour was great! Highlight was the Kinkaku-Ji temple. I felt like in a fairytale.
The guid was friendly and provided us with Basic informations. regarding the time this was fine for me.
The transition between the morning and afternoon tour was way too long.
We had a great day at Himeji, made all the more special by our guide Tyco. She was very knowledgable, liked a laugh and interacted so well. Himeji castle is a magic place and a must see. Akashi bridge is nice but a filler really. I would just do Himeji castle.
Good quick overview of Kyoto on an extremely hot day
guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant
Great guides, good overall - but could have used more variety in the places visited.
The tour was a good introduction to Kyoto. The lunch break of two hours was too long . The food was good and plentiful.
Good personal approach.
Guide seemed a little shy during the introduction but I think it was due to waiting on some no shows. Tour at the market very good with lots of specific and interesting information on the food that would be impossible to know without the inside information.
Sake tasting OK but somewhat basic an quick.
Cooking class very hands an by nice lady. We wouldn't have minded that it would be longer with more dishes.
The staff were informative. It was unfortsunate that itwas stormy during our tour. We were most impressed with Nara.
The tour hour and ten minute lunch hour was way too much for the full day tour. You just sit in the middle of nowhere waiting for the rest of the tour to continue. And the lunch buffet was a lot of fried food that sat under lights for way too long...not enjoyable at all.
Groups were too large... not everyone can hear what is being said all the time, or most of the time because of how large the huddle was
Our tour guide was great, gave lots of information, and took us to some amazing places, my favourite being the Golden Pavilion. Highly recommended, especially if only in Kyoto for a short amount of time, but still wanting to see some of the famous landmarks.
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