Should have done more research
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka | dec 2019
Not what I thought a tour would be.
Booking - Viator indicated the tour operator was Shinki Tours. The tour bus said Limon, the guide had a coat that said Limon. How was I supposed to know that they were the same? I was waiting outside waiting and finally decided to see if that person was with the tour. Don't they have a list of people who are on the tour?
It was almost an hour bus ride to Kyoto. Not very much was said between Osaka and Kyoto. It would have been nice if there was more talking - where we were, significance of the area, what we were going to see, cultural aspects, etc. Once we got to Kyoto we were led to the bamboo forest, and for those of us who booked lunch, told what time to meet back at the restaurant. Which was not a lot of walk around time. After lunch, we went to Kinkakuji Temple. Again, drop you off, meet back at the bus. Oh and don't be late or we will leave without you. We will wait 5 minutes. Well no, we waited longer than that and the guide was upset. I don't understand why they were upset. The guide made the rest of the tour wait for these latecomers. Instead, we should have left without them. Then the guide would not be upset and the rest of the tour would not wait. We were all amply warned about being on time and the consequences. They were late because they were buying snacks and souvenirs.
Then on to Nara. Same thing, drop off and you're on your own.
Also, the your had to be repeated in English, Japanese and Chinese. Next time, I'd look for a tour that had less translations. ...Meer lezen