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We had limited time in Kyoto and had spent too much time on the Tokyo metro gettin from place to place so I booked this for my 12 year old son and me. It was air-conditioned and so comfortable and took out the extraneous transport times from place to place. I loved that we had mostly time on our own at the temples, just given times to meet back. We opted for the tofu lunch and it was a dining experience that was just amazing. I've never tasted tofu like that! The buses seemed well coordinated with outher tour buses so we were never jam packed. The guide was just fantastic. When we didn't have umbrellas at the Golden Pavilion and it was pouring, she ran back to the bus to find us some. I've already recommended this very tour to friends going to Japan next week!
Our tour guide, Michael, was great - good English and had a lot of local knowledge and history to tell us. We had a nice small group of 6 of us and the cycle was at a good pace. You get helmets and cycling around the area felt safe. I felt like we saw a lot of places in the 3.5 hours we were going around and there was a good mix of cycling and also stopping to see some of the shrines and temples. The only thing I would recommend would be to add a stop for water or food as you have to bring your own but some people may forget, or it wasn't obvious.
In the days leading up to our Rickshaw Tour through the Bamboo Forrest, the company was very communicative and helped us with directions. Our guides, Kota and Kiyo, were helpful and entertaining. They took amazing photos of our family and looked up plant species when we had questions. Our only regret is we wished we had booked a longer tour. Our guides worked so hard to make sure we had a great time.
We learnt a lot about the Geisha and the area in Kyoto that they work in. For instance they are not called Geisha in Kyoto. Our guide was easy to understand and well connected to the Tea room network. Despite heavy rain for the first hour we continued on and enjoyed the tour a lot. Learnt so much and have been sharing my wisdom with all. Good value and informative.
Tour was excellent. The Temples, shrines, bamboo forest and the golden pavilion were all very interesting. Great tour if you want to visit Unesco sites and experience some Japanese history. Our tour guides were fantastic. Ryosuke was very informative and quite funny at times, making the tour very enjoyable.