I signed up for this tour as it gave me 3 top destinations in the Kyoto area: Arashiyama Forest, Golden Pavilion Temple, and Nara Temple, with a buffet lunch thrown in as well. The pick-up point at OCAT building was also convenient for me as my hotel was located next to it.
The price of the tour was reasonable and we were given the benefit of having 2 tour guides: 1 English speaking and the other Chinese. My fellow passengers were all Asians: from Korea, China and SE Asia. The lunch was excellent with the dining room having a sweeping panoramic view of the Arishiyama Bridge. With the cherry trees at full blossom, it was a really a nice view.
We wish we were given more time in the Sagano Bamboo Forest, but as we have 2 more destinations to cover, time spent in this area was rather limited. But it was still a productive hour spent here.
Next stop was Golden Pavilion Temple and lots of photo opportunities here. We didn't enter the Temple itself as it seems to be located at the other end of the lake.
Last stop was the famed Nara Temple with those deers that try to entice you to give them food by displaying some neck movements akin to a bow.
All in all, definitely a worthwhile investment.
Requested for an English speaking guide but due to lack of quorum, they gave us a Chinese/Korean guide!
Not really a guided tour, more of the guide leading you to the place and you're on your own. Not much explanation of the places in the tour. Other than these few 'grouses', the rest are as per the itinerary - places visited and buffet lunch excellent!