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.
Disappointing. The guide/s had no skill in dealing with the crowd of people who assemble at the hotel pickup. I did wonder if this was the first group to be taken out by the young female guide. The male English speaking guide offered about 10 sentences. It was snowing so the 50 minute stop at the 5th station became a 12 min stop at the 4th station I understand this is the risk that is run in going to Mt Fuji the 12 min stop then extended to sitting on the bus for a further 20 mins waiting for people who opted to go to the toilet as the bus was about to leave. The part of the tour which could have become a highlight was not explained and it was only by going up the cable car that the tour group realised they would get an excellent view of Mt Fuji. Now was the 15 - 25 wait at the cable car explained.Again, the tour guides did not offer useful information.
We rerouted to the fourth station due to bad weather conditions. It was a waste because there was nothing much to see and do there, except to visit the toilet. At Kawaguchiko, we went for Houtou at a reserved restaurant and went up Mt Tenjo on the Kachi Kachi Ropeway. The food was well-prepared and tasty and instructions for the railway was clear. This is the best part of the trip - with good view of Mt Fuji and the lake in the restaurant and also food at the top of Mt Tenjo. Good for taking photos and snacks. However, the duration spent there could be longer because the queue for the ropeway was rather long. At Misaka farm, the grapes were not as tasty and plenty when we were there. I think we were the last batch to visit the farm for grape picking so most of the fruits were already plucked, leaving the less tasty ones at the far end. Finally, we went to the Katsunuma winery for wine tasting. The wine was okay, but the experience was subpar. I would suggest to give this place a miss and make more time for Lake Kawaguchiko and 5th station.
Overall, the tour was average because it was quite rushed. That said, the bus was very comfortable and warm. The bus guides were also very friendly, helpful and understanding. The mandarin-speaking guide was okay, but the english-speaking guide was speaking very unclearly so I couldn't understand him most of the time. Still able to get through the tour with no problems though. Would recommend if you only want a glimpse of Mt Fuji. If possible, plan a two-days trip on your own to fully utilise your time at Mt Fuji so that you can enjoy and explore the place at your own pace.
Had so much fun on this trip. We were still able to see the mountain even though it was a little foggy. The highlights of the trip are picking the grapes which were huge! and doing the rope gondola, you have a great view from up there.
I took away one star because on the trip it was half Chinese half English. The tour guide would speak in Chinese and have this long explanation, then tell the person doing the English tour something in Japanese and then the explanation would be like a sentence. We really felt like we were missing information and a couple of jokes during the tour.
Besides the miss information, I would recommend the tour.
The tour was good! We did not not make it to the 5th station as apparently it was snowing up there but we could see other buses going up. The description specifies 10h but it was 11hours in fact without traffic. The cable car was great, so was the lunch, the wine picking was rushed and there was very little time at the winery. Both tour guides were friendly but only gave information about the itinerary and not about the places we went to.
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.
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