Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

Do you want to go a little outside of Tokyo and enjoy a little bit more of Japan? If you have an extra day and want to enjoy a little bit more of Japan, without having to travel very far from Tokyo, consider going to Kanagawa Prefecture. In Kanagawa Prefecture, there is a stunning small city called Kamakura. Here, you can enjoy more of Japanese charms.

 

If you don’t know how to go to Kamakura from Tokyo and what to do in Kamakura, don’t worry. With so much information on the internet, including this article, it will only take a few minutes for you to get the answer to that.


In this article, I am going to introduce you to a small yet beautiful city called Kamakura, how to travel to Kamakura from Tokyo, places to go in Kamakura, day tour options to Kamakura, and more recommendations.


Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Kamakura is a city located in the southern part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is one of the most popular cities in Kanagawa Prefecture visited by tourists as a day-trip because of its close distance from Tokyo. It’s located on about 50 km (31 miles) south-southwest of Tokyo.

 

It’s a city of the Great Buddha, many old temples and shrines which are in harmony with nature, and tales of Samurai because it is the first city in Japan to have had a government controlled by the samurai. It is surrounded by ocean and mountains, packed with many other traditional Japanese charms.

How to travel to Kamakura from Tokyo?

Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Here are some efficient ways to go to Kanagawa from some major places in Tokyo.

 

Tokyo station to Kamakura
(around 1-hour train ride- total cost: ¥920)
- Take the Yokosuka Line (dark blue colored) from Tokyo Station, and get off at Kamakura Station.

 

Shinjuku station to Kamakura
(around 1-hour train ride- total cost: ¥920)
- Take the Shonan-Shinjuku Line (red colored) from Shinjuku Station, and get off at Kamakura Station.

 

Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Kamakura
(around 2 h 15 m train ride- total cost: ¥3770)
- Take the Narita Express from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 to Shinagawa Station.

- At Yokohama station, switch to Yokosuka Line (dark blue colored) and get off at Kamakura Station. 

 
Haneda Airport Terminal 2 to Kamakura
(around 1 hour 30 min bus ride- total cost:¥1370)
- Take the Haneda-Airport Limousine Bus to Kamakura Station East Gate, then walk 8 (600m) min to Kamakura.
(around 1-hour train ride- total cost: ¥820)
- Take Keikyu-Kuko Line (red colored) from Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station to Yokohama station. Don’t get off even if the train changes the line by itself to Keikyu Line.
- At Yokohama station, switch to Yokosuka Line (dark blue colored) and get off at Kamakura Station.


Akihabara Station to Kamakura
(around 1h train ride- total cost: ¥920)
- Take the Keihintohoku Line (light blue/tosca colored) from Akihabara station and get off at Shimbashi Station.
- At Shimbashi Station, switch line to Yokosuka Line (dark blue colored) and get off at Kamakura Station.


Shibuya station to Kamakura
(around 1-hour train ride- total cost: ¥920)

-Take the JR Yamanote Line (green colored) to Shinagawa Station.

- At Shinagawa Station, switch line to Yokosuka Line (dark blue colored), and get off at Kamakura Station.

Where to go in Kamakura?

Temples

Kamakura most famous spots to visit are its temples. The temples are stunning and hold a deep history that makes it so interesting for tourists. Here are some famous temples you should visit while in Kamakura.

 

  • Hase-dera temple

A Buddhist temple in Kamakura, constructed on the mountainside with views of both the ocean and city. There are more than 2,500 hydrangea trees and flowers in this temple. The “Hydrangea Path” of Hasedera Temple is a must visit place in Kamakura in the rainy season (June and July).

Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Address

3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa JAPAN (map)

Phone

0467-22-6300

Business hours

March-September

8:00 am- 5:00 pm

October-February

8:00am- 4:30 pm

Price

¥300 for adults/ ¥100 yen for children age 12 and under

Website

http://www.hasedera.jp/en/guide/

 

  • Tokei-ji Temple

A temple where built by a woman for women. It is a temple where women take refuge during the feudal times when women were not allowed to divorce. It is surrounded by lush greenery, and has been given three stars in the Michelin Green Guide.

Address

1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0062 (map) 

Phone

0467-33-5100

Business hours

April to September: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
October to March: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Price

200¥ for adults / ¥100 for junior high and elementary school students

Website

http://www.tokeiji.com/english/about/

 

  • Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

This is one of the best sightseeing spots in Kamakura. The large Buddha at Kotoku-in is a must visit attraction while in Kamakura. The colossal statue and its surrounding grounds have been designated as National Historic Site. One of the appealing aspects of the statue is that you are able to enter the statue and observe the interior.

Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do 

Address

4-2-28 Hase, Kamakura 248-0016, Kanagawa Prefecture (map)

Phone

0467-22-0703

Business hours

●April–September
8:00 am–5:30 pm

●October–March
8:00 am.–8:00pm
Visitors may enter up to 15 minutes before the temple closes.

●To enter the interior of
the Great Buddha statue
8:00 am–4:30 pm
Visitors may enter up to 10 minutes before closing time.

●Temple shop (office)
8:30 am–4:45 pm (year-round)

●Acceptance of official temple commemorative seals (office)
8:00 am–4:30 pm(year-round)

Price

¥200 for adults and students age 13 and above
¥150 for students (age 6-12) 150 yen
*Fee to enter the interior of  the Great Buddha statue

Additional 20 yen per person

Website

http://www.kotoku-in.jp/

 

  • Hokoku-ji Temple

A temple established 700 years ago, with a breathtaking view of lush and beautiful bamboo grove. Here, you can enjoy a tea ceremony while enjoying the forest view, and participate in Zen meditation held every Sunday at 7:30 am.

Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Address

2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (map)

Phone

0467-22-0762

Business hours

Everyday ( 09:00 AM- 04:00 PM )

Price

¥200 for adults

*with matcha tea 500 yen

Website

http://www.houkokuji.or.jp/english.html


Wait, there's more: 

Other spots in Kamakura

Although the most popular spots are the temples, Kamakura still offers other attractions that are still must-visit places.

 

  • Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden)

This is a popular local train line connecting famous tourist spots like Enoshima Aquarium, Enoshima Shrine, Enoshima Iwaya Caves, Enoshima Escar, and many others.

Address

1-12 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa (map)

Phone

+81 466-24-2713

Business hours

5:00 am- midnight

Website

https://www.enoden.co.jp/en/

 

  • Kamakura Komachi-dori

This is a popular street in Kamakura, attracting not only local residents but also tourists. You can go past the landmark of the Red Torii Gate, and find the street filled with shops and cafes. Through this street, you can also head to the Hachiman-gu Shrine.

Address

Komachi, Kamakura 248-0006, Kanagawa Prefecture (map)

Phone

+81 598-59-1630

 

  • Shichirigahama Beach

A beach in Kamakura from where you can enjoy a clear view of both Mount Fuji and Enoshima the same time. The sands from this beach which are rich in iron allowed Kamakura to become a florid center for the production of swords and knives.

Address

Shichirigahama, Kamakura 248-0026, Kanagawa Prefecture (map)

 Phone

+81 3-3336-0549

 

Day tours to Kamakura from Tokyo

If you don’t feel like traveling around Kamakura by yourself, or looking for an enhanced and deeper experience while traveling to Kamakura, don’t worry. There are many great day tour options for Kamakura. It’s way more convenient as you don’t have to plan your itinerary yourself and you are even guided by a professional. You don't have to figure out the transport from Tokyo to Kamakura because your guide will help you with that. 



Look, the thing is…

There are many places on the web that offer day tours to Kamakura, but you never know whether they are a trustworthy and good website or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights. The website is trustworthy, offering many different day trip options to Kamakura. You can also customize the tour itinerary according to your preferences.


Not only the website offers day tours to Kamakura, it also offers many different qualified tour guides you can hire to make your trip more interesting and meaningful.


Recommended day tours

If you are looking for a better experience in Kamakura, not only visiting the places but also learning with the insights given by your private tour guide, and also a more convenient travel to Kamakura from Hakone, here are some recommended day tours in Kamakura. 

 

Not in any specific order, but my first recommendation is the Kamakura tour à la carte tour, where you can visit some major places in Kamakura like mentioned above, including the Great Buddha Kotoku-in and the Hokoku-ji temple.

 

Other recommendations are the Kamakura, one day tour, and the Kamakura 1-Day Tour, Through these day tours, you can also visit the major places in Kamakura including the Hase-dera Temple and Great Buddha Kotoku-in.

 

From the tours mentioned above, they also provide set itinerary suggestions which you can follow or customize according to your preferences.

 


Wait, there's more:
There are still many great day tour options to Kamakura from Tokyo, you can click here to see more.

By joining private tours, you won’t ever get bored or run out of things to do in Kamakura. The guides can also give you insights on the spots you visit and let you have an enhanced trip.


If you are not looking for private tours but private guides in Kamakura, you can click here. For tours or private guide options for other areas in Japan, you can click here.

 

I hope this article helps provide useful information for your trip to Kamakura, including how to go to Kamakura from some major places in Tokyo,  where are the must-visit spots in Kamakura, options for day tours to Kamakura from Tokyo, and more recommendation for a great Kamakura trip. I hope you have a great time in Kamakura! 

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In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Kamakura


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Recent Tour Reviews in Kamakura

“ A Wonderful Experience! ”

Excellent
5 months ago Traveler: Dorothy -   Tour Guide: MICHIKO

We spent two days with Michiko in Kamakura and Nikko. She did a fantastic job of organizing our time and sharing her knowledge and love of these beautiful places! It was a pleasure to work with Michiko.
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“ We had a great time! ”

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5 months ago Traveler: Shiori -   Tour Guide: Tomoko

Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.
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“ Very knowledgeable and friendly ”

Excellent
6 months ago Traveler: Steven -   Tour Guide: Maru

I was interested in seeing local sites and exploring Kamakura's ancient history while hiking through the area, but I don't speak Japanese. Hiring a local tour guide was a must. I checked a lot of guide user profiles and felt Maru was a good match based on my interests. She was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. She arranged a tour to see exactly what I asked in the timetable I had available. Ev...
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“ Enjoyed the uniqueness ”

Very Good
6 months ago Traveler: Meisha -   Tour Guide: Takao

I was looking to do something different and Takao's soul-exploring trip was perfect. It was fun doing something a little deeper while visiting the temple versus just walking around and admiring the beauty. I enjoyed the ritual of the Sutru coping and enjoyed having Takao as my guide. He spoke good English and is such a sweet person.
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“ Un d?a inolvidable! ”

Excellent
6 months ago Traveler: Carmen -   Tour Guide: Yayoi

Querida Yayoi, muchísimas gracias por un día inolvidable! Desde el inicio la comunicación fue A1. Me sentí muy acogida y tu dedicación y flexibilidad por facilitarme la mejor experiencia posible es incomparable. He recibido la mejor información posible en cuanto a historia, cultura y anécdotas sobre Kamakura. Y todo en un perfecto español. 150% recomendación y definitivamente volvería a hacer otro...
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“ Kamakura Seven Lucky Gods tour ”

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7 months ago Traveler: Mark -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

I enjoyed a wonderful day with Mayumi visiting multiple temples and shrines around Kamakura. Despite the detailed itinerary, nothing was rushed and the day proceeded at a leisurely pace. Mayumi is warm and engaging and has an illuminating knowledge of Japanese history and culture.
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“ Kamakura Tour ”

Excellent
7 months ago Traveler: Victoria -   Tour Guide: Hiro

Hiro was amazing!! My husband, in-laws, and I did a Christmas Eve tour with Hiro in Kamakura and she absolutely made our day so special. So sweet and an absolute pleasure to be with. She had great information, recommendations & stories that really made our trip unforgettable. We would have only gotten 1/10 of the experience & driven ourselves crazy trying to figure out how to get to all the places...
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“ Great guide to know Tokyo top places w/ context. ”

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7 months ago Traveler: Victor -   Tour Guide: Junichi

He knows the history, the places and includes my suggestions without stress and gave us good tips. He is super patient (my 2 daughters tested it while in a few places he recommended), knows how to move around fast. Thank you Junichi
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“ Tries hard ”

Very Good
7 months ago Traveler: Veronica -   Tour Guide: MICHIKO

Michiko tries very hard and does her homework to prepare for her tours. Her lunch suggestions were really great and we appreciated that very much.
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“ Tour of Tokyo ”

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7 months ago Traveler: Ian -   Tour Guide: Maru

Maru is amazing! We booked Maru for two tours. The first was a tour of Tokyo and the second was hiking. The tour of Tokyo was amazing! Maru showed us some amazing places. I told Maru that I wanted to propose to my girlfriend while I was there, and we discussed when and were would be a good time and she suggested a few places I could do it. When I finally proposed, Maru was able to capture it...
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