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Our tour guide was Yumi and she was friendly and took good care of the participants.
The driver was friendly and dropped us and picked us up on time.
The whole itinerary was well planned, such that we were able to experience many things in this trip.
At the start of the trip, we were picked up and brought to 5th station.
The trip to 5th station took longer than usual due to it being on a Saturday and coinciding with summer vacation.
I would recommend going on a weekday and avoiding summer vacation if possible.
5th station was beautiful, but crowded due to the above reasons.
Next, we were brought to lunch, where traditional hotpot was served. This was probably the most disappointing part of the trip.
Lunch was rather average, and bordering on awful. It was a miso soup base, filled with vegetables and noodles. Fried chicken was served separately. A bowl of rice and a tiny grape jelly was served together with them. Firstly, fried chicken was cold when we arrived and it tasted hard maybe stale?. Next, the miso soup was on the blander side and there was no meat in the hotpot, only vegetables and it was filled up at the bottom with noodles. Basically, carbs overload rice noodles!!!.
After lunch, we were brought to the ropeway. We were only provided 40mins at the ropeway including the queueing for the ropeway ride so there wasn't much time to explore the mountain. I would suggest that you avoid climbing to the top of the mountain if you were short on time. Stay at where the ropeway ride dropped you and explore the shop and little activities there. The climb to the top took 15mins one way and the sight was not as good as expected. To view the landscape, go to the second floor of the shop, this is better.
Next, we went to a patch of land to pick our peaches. We are only allowed 2 peach per person. The plot of land was tiny and 5-6 people had to crowded around a tree to pick their peaches. Not as ideal as I would have expected.
Then, they brought us to the fruit farm to enjoy our unlimited peaches. The peaches provided were those slightly bruised and riped ones. We had expected pretty peaches, so were slightly bumped that they were bruised. Anyway, they still tasted sweet and yummy.
Lastly, we were brought to the winery. The winery experience was slightly novel as this was the first time we tried Japan's wine. Unfortunately, I will recommend you not to have high hopes for their grape wine if you are a wine connoisseur. They make sweet wines better, and their dryer ones are rather strange in my opinion. Do give their peach wines a try though, as it is their specialty.
Overall, the amount of activities in this tour is rather worth the money. Do choose a good uncrowded day to go and pray that the skies are clear when you go.
We had the most amazing weather. A few days prior, Mt. Fuji was covered with fog and we were lucky at the time we went. It was a public holiday and we had the most horrible traffic. Our guide, Mr. Shin, was fabulous and kept apologizing about the traffic conditions. He was very organized with the seating arrangements and the in-bus shopping. Also, he was very clear with the times that we should be back in the bus to resume the tour. It is quite difficult to manage a big group but Mr. Shin did a very good job.
We loved our mid-morning snack at the 5th Station, had amazing views of Fuji-San and the surrounding mountains. We went to Lake Shinagawa and were given passes to the Ropeway but the queue was too long. We decided to walk around the beautiful lake and sample the local fare. The cheesecake was delicious and so was the refreshing matcha and melon ice creams. The authentic Japanese lunch that was part of the tour was OK. We enjoyed the grape picking as well as the wine tasting. Overall, it was a wonderful tour. We were running late for our Robot Cabaret Show and Mr. Shin did his best to get us there on time as well as ring the restaurant to reschedule our booking. He did all he could do to help us and that meant a lot to us. Tour company and guide are highly recommended.
Great experience using this tour. The guide is very nice and informative, the trips are all on schedule, and the bus is comfortable. We have enough time to explore and take a picture in every designated location.
This is one of the best tour we ever joined in viator. A lot of places to visit and the tour plan went well as per schedule. Our tour guide, Shin, is very attentive although at first we're having problem with seating arrangement which anyway was settled nicely. So many souvenirs, delicasies, fruits, and wine to take home. From Mt Fuji, lunch, fruit picking, and wine tasting were so great experience! Surely will take the same tour next year with my kids and grandchild.
Amazing tour guide. Thanks for their efforts! I would recommend others this trip package.
The best tour in Tokyo!!! Very organized, food was okay. Mount Fuji was amazing. Grape picking was delicious, I loved everything about the tour. Wine tasting was awesome would love to do this again.
This package was great! The only let down was that the weather did not cooperate. When we booked this tour, the weather forecast was sunny, but 4 days before we left the forecast was that there is a super typhoon coming in and the landfall is on the day of our tour. So frustrating.
The guide, Yumi, was great! She's the best! very entertaining, accommodating, caring, she is just great! The driver and her co-guide were equally great.
It was raining really hard when we got to the 5th station, so we were stuck inside the souvenir shop. It was cold, which we really like. We just had some coffee inside and did some shopping, until it was time to go.
The lunch included in the package was really good! Really really good! After lunch we talk the ropeway ride, though it was raining we still had fun.
Then we went eat some grapes. We were not able to do the fruit picking because it was too muddy because of the rain, so we just had to enjoy the unlimited grapes, which were really sweet! We bought a basket of mixed grapes and took it back with us to our Country.
After eating grapes, we had the wine tasting. I loved the Rose Red Wine, it was good. For the kids and those who don't drink wine or alcohol, there's grape juice which was also good.
Everything about this tour is great. The weather was a bummer though.
I highly recommend this package to everyone. Great price, great experience, great everything.
I was already in Kyoto when I planned this one day trip through Viator. The pick up location was centrally located hence this was one added benefit for me since I was staying in Shinjuku area only. The guide was very courteous at the same time justified her professionalism by explaining all the things through out the journey. She was very co-operative. The only thing which I felt was less, was time at 5th station. It is very less to understand the area and enjoy the scenic beauty especially in a clear weather situation. Bus ride was very comfortable so was the driver. In fact he avoided the national highway and followed the side roads as soon as it became evident that there was a neck to neck traffic on the highway and made us reach the drop destination almost on time. Grape vineyard was also a very good experience.
overall a very good tour.
This was my first booking with Viator and we were 100 satisfied. Our tour bus host was funny and provided great info about the area, the lunch was delicious and we ate the most delicious grapes I ever had. The wine tasting was OK it was more like a stop at a gift shop, not a winery. We enjoyed every minute of our tour. I wished that I had done more tours like this while in Japan.
I booked this tour on the last minute before flying to Japan for my trip. For the amount that I paid, it is really worth it. Depending with the group of trouists that you are with and the weather and traffic, you should be on time and be able to do all the things indicated on the itinerary. The lunch included is very good and filling. I had the grape picking and the grapes are the sweetest that I have ever tasted. I would like to thank our guides as well Ms. Yoko and another one, I'm sorry I forgot her name. Hassle Free, Stress Free Trip.
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