I do not, unfortunately, remember our tour guide and #39;s name, but she was exceptionally knowledgeable and made the tour an amazing experience. We were very lucky to have seen all of the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Every stop was beautiful. Our guide was an excellent hostess.
Of all the tours we went on, this was by far the best. Not only did we get to see the sakura in bloom, we were given a good amount of time at each stop to take our time and take in our surroundings. We went to Tokyo Tower and actually got to spend time browsing the gift shops. On the half day Tokyo City Tour, we were in, up and out before we even knew what hit us! I would highly recommend this tour if you are going during sakura season. It is so worth it.
The guide took us to Showa Park first, where we walked around on our own to explore the beauty of the cherry blossoms. We saw a bonsai area and the caretaker of the trees. We walked around the park itself where it is filled with sakuras, pink and white, everywhere. We then traveled to an old area in the park where there is a little Edo village. We met a gentleman who explained the buildings there were over 240 years old! He showed us around one of the houses and explained each room as we walked through and what purposed they served. Very unexpected in such a huge park! Our next stop was the traditional Japanese lunch. While it was a good experience, the food wasn't very tasty to me. Still, we ate it as if it was the best thing ever! After lunch, we went to Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park where we got to see more sakuras and saw the oldest gate of Edo Castle. The view of the trees along the water was amazing. Our last stop was actually Tokyo Tower. The tower has pretty good attractions such as a One Piece tour, paid separately, and a small shop on the ground floor. If you are an anime/manga fan, I would highly recommend taking some time to browse the shop. There's a lot there to buy.
Janese C USA
The tour was wonderful! Our tour guide was very nice and friendly in the Japanese way. There were only two sites visited for the cherry blossom and then the Tokyo tower. Lunch was really nice. Expect a lot of people but the view is worth it.
Zsolt J Hungary
Fantastic guide, great places, very well prepared itinerary, even more time, than in the scheduale, poor simple lunch, but who cares about the food in these beautiful programmes.
Fantastic tour through some spectacular sights! Loved everything about this tour and I highly recommend it.
Great mixture of walking through parks, visiting Tokyo Tower and lunch. It was the highlight of our trip to Japan.
Well organised. And nice selection of points. Unfortunately, the blooming of the cherry blossoms was a bit delayed but this was really under nobody's control.
I really enjoyed the Cherry Blossom tour. The trees were magically loaded with blossoms and as beautiful as a fairy tale. Loved the views from the Tokyo Tower.
The only unfortunate thing was the non stop rain but the tour itself was excellent.
Thoroughly enjoyed Showa Kinen Park component! Fabulous orchard of flowering cherry blossoms, tulips, poppies and bonsai display. Would have preferred a picnic style bento box lunch here instead of at restaurant to give us more time. Tokyo Tower nothing exciting. Tour guide lovely and considerate of all guests.
Two gardens and Tokyo Tower. Long bus ride to Showa park...which is 170 hectars. Of course we had a limited time only in this huge and interesting park whihc was a shame. We found the Bonsai garden extremely good...and like all things would have liked to spend longer.
Shinjuku park is excellent. Luckily we had spent time there yesterday and so focused on the places we hadnt seen. Tropical hot house was excllent, but again not enough time.
Tokyo tower...well the view is ok if you like looking over the city, which just keeps on going and going.
Overall a bit rushed with the distance to Showa a real issue. Inital bus ride was over 1.5 hours. Left little time to explore.
Tour was ok. but not spectacular. Shinjuku Park was excellent, but Showa was average and a long trip to get there. Lunch was ok. Tour leader was average. He lacked sufficient English skill to converse in a continuous manner. He tried hard and was helpful one on one.
Bus was clean and comfortable although not great for viewing.
We had a nice time, but unfortunately one couple with a child was never on time and the rest of us just waited in the bus. As a result, the tour was much longer than anticipated and we left after lunch (almost 3 pm). Guide was very informative and energetic.
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