Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Excellent. Guide knowledgable, evocative sensitive and extremely diversified in his knowledge of area history zen. Japan and its history and current attitudes. Well recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The tour guide are very well organized and knowledgeable all the way until the end of tour. It's so much fun and very memorable.

Rahul D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

It was very good. The guide showed a lot of knowledge on his topic and I learnt a lot


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2017

Overall we were disappointed in this tour since we saw less of Japanese gardens but heard more about the guide's knowledge of Shintoism and Buddhism. The tour did not start off on the best note because we had a meeting time 30 minutes than the guide had. Fortunately he had waited and we were quite early for the time on our documentation.

Susan M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2016

The ONLY reason I signed up for this tour was the fact that I am very, very interested in Japanese gardens and landscapes. I was looking forward to an in-depth explanation from our scholar.

As it turned out I was highly disappointed with the quality of this tour. I paid 2.5 times the advertised rate, by far the most expensive of our Japanese tours, and therefore my expectations were correspondingly high. Not only was the tour expensive but I also had to pay all the entrance and transport costs on top. It was a rip-off.

The first question I was asked was what on the tour especially interested me. Well, the clue is in the title Japanese Gardens and Landscape. I saw a forlorn look and heard from our scholar: well I dont know much about gardens. It turned out that I knew more than the so-called scholar did! Was I interested in Buddhism? The only real advantage of having the guide was in getting from one garden to the next. Shelling out 440 for two for this walk was totally unreasonable and excessive. We could have done it by ourselves for a fraction of the cost

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