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  •   Bamboo Temple (Hokokuji Temple with a teahouse in the bamboo glove)
  •   Sugimoto Temple (oldest Buddhist temple in Kamakura famous for its moss-covered steps)
  •   Egara Tenjin (enshrining the god of learning and scholarship)
  •   Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine (constructed by Shogun Yoritomo in 1180)
  •   Komachi-dori shopping street
  •   Masamune Sword and Blade Workshop
  •   Great Buddha


City Kamakura
Meeting Point At the East Exit of Kamakura station
Ending Point At Kamakura station
Departure 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 6h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5


165.60 USD

final price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

extra person. 18.40 USD

What to Expect

Once the samurai capital of Japan, Kamakura is visited by as many as 20 million people a year. Some of the most popular spots among visitors are Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Great Buddha, and Hokokuji Temple nicknamed Bamboo Temple. On this tour, along with the three places, I would like to offer two more attractive spots to visit.
We first visit three places in the north-eastern area of Kamakura, Bamboo Temple, popular for its bamboo glove with a teahouse serving powdered green tea, Sugimoto Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Kamakura dating back to the 8th century, Egara Tenjin, a shinto shrine enshrining deified Sugawara Michizane, the god of learning and scholarship.
We take a bus to visit Bamboo Temple, but after that we enjoy strolling around the local residential areas while visiting two other places and the fourth destination, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Srine which was constructed by the first Shogun of the Kamakura Government. After coming back to Kamakura station, we take the Enoden Line to Hase station to visit the last destination, Great Buddha, an open-air Buddha sitting under the sun for some 750 years.
This tour covers history of Kamakura from much before the establishment of the samurai government to just after the end of it, and of course, shopping in Komachi-dori street and at Masamune Sword and Blade Workshop by request.

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, your entrance fee

Extras (optional)

extra person. 18.40 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to pay an entrance fee at each spot?

You need to pay entrance fees at three spots.
Bamboo Temple : 200yen (100yen), Sugimoto Temple : 100yen (50yen), Great Buddha : 200yen (100yen)

What are the transportation fees during the tour?

They are, bus from Kamakura station to Jomyoji (to visit Bamboo Temple) : 200yen (100 yen), the Enoden Line from Kamakura to Hase : 190yen (100yen), bus from Great Buddha to Kamakura : 200yen (100yen)

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It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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5 days ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Kamakura with Extraordinary Eri!! ”

Kamakura is magical made even more so with our wonderful guide, Eri! Eri had a wonderful day planned for us which she altered on the fly when my mom's physical limitations needed it. She took us to wonderful shrines and temples and shared with us about each place in great detail. Eri is so knowledgeable!! It was just the three of us all day and spending the day with Eri was like spending the day with a good friend! I asked about Japanese customs and ate cold soba noodles for the first time- delicious! Eri was tireless, patient, and enthusiastic and I know she had so many more magical and wonderful places to show us! I look forward to going back and exploring Kamakura some more with her! I highly recommend spending the day with Eri in Kamakura!! It will be one of the highlights of your trip like it was for my mom and me!! Thank you, Eri!!

Dear Evelyn and Marlu, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! I was very happy to show you around Kamakura at the best time of cherry blossom season. We took a lot of photos in front of those beautiful cherry blossoms, didn't we? And at the soba restaurant, we enjoyed complimentary cherry pink ice cream by showing our cherry blossom photos to the waitress, which was the condition to get the special service. It was such a surprise, wasn't it? I really hope you will come back to Kamakura some time and explore many more nice places with me as your guide again. It was great meeting you two!! Sincerely, Eri

1 week ago , ( Couple ) , From: Philippines

“ wonderful day at kamakura with eri ”

we had a most enjoyable day in kamakura with our guide eri. she was the best guide ever! we learned so much from her, she was so warm, sweet and kind and made us feel so special! the pace of the tour was just right and by the end of the day eri was like a dear friend to us already. definitely the highlight of our japan trip!

Dear Maria, So nice to hear from you again and thank you so much for such a kind review! As we got around places, you asked me a lot of questions and because of that I myself had a great time with you two. It was so nice meeting you and see you again in Kamakura sometime in the future! Best wishes, Eri

1 week ago , ( Friends ) , From: Canada

“ Eri is a fantastic tour guide and host ”

The day we (5 English speaking adults from western Canada) spent with Eri was absolutely fantastic, even though the weather was not very cooperative. Eri speaks excellent English which was essential for our party. Our positive experience with Eri took place over several weeks. Eri accommodated us by changing her calendar, provided travel details to and from our accommodations, made lunch reservations at an amazing restaurant (we had special dietary needs), provided interesting historical and cultural details along the tour, and gave each person a keepsake at the end of the tour. If you are looking for a conscientious, kind, and interesting tour guide, Eri is for you.

Dear Karen, It was so kind of you to write such a nice review for my tour! The tour was memorable for me too, because the day was Buddha's birthday, and we could see beautifully decorated alters with baby Buddha in the center in the Buddhist temples we visited, couldn't we? The lunch we had was also great. I was happy you were all enjoying the food talking leisurely. Thank you so much for visiting Kamakura. It was great meeting you all!! Best wishes, Eri

1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Amazing tour of Kamakura! ”

Eri was an amazing guide and so thoughtful. She went above and beyond. Eri was very knowledgeable about local history. She took us to all the great sites (great buddha, shrines, ect.), but also to a few hiking trails. The lunch spot for soba was great. Eri also even wrote down the details of how to take the train to our next destination. Overall, she really stood out as excellent!

Dear Vanessa, It was such a wonderful day with you two in Kamakura. I was very happy you were enjoying everything even the rain as the part of it. I will always remember you whenever I climb Hansobo and see the statues of the goblins. You mentioned they looked like the Flying Monkeys from "the Wizard of Oz" and we all laughed. Thank you so much for visiting Kamakura and for such a nice review. It was great meeting you two!! Best wishes, Eri

4 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Australia

“ Best Introduction to Kamakura ”

Eri has a warm and bubbly personality with a wealth of knowledge about the culture and history of Kamakura. Her tour was very informative but also a lot of fun. My family group included three young adults who can be difficult to please. They all loved Eri and enjoyed the day immensely. We saw all the major shrines and sites but walked through the backstreets to get a better picture of Kamakura. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at a soba noodle restaurant and Eri explained the etiquette of eating with chopsticks. This will come in very useful as we continue our trip in Japan. Eri established contact with me as soon as the tour was booked and planned an itinerary that suited our family group. She took some wonderful photos throughout the day and emailed them to me after the tour. I cannot recommend Eri highly enough as a guide and feel honoured to have spent the day with her.

Dear Lynn, I cannot thank you enough for sending such a nice review for my site! The tour culminated when Leia found a little squirrel in a tree just beside the Great Buddha. And we all witnessed a kite suddenly flew down to aim food in one of the passers-by's hand in the crowd of Komachi shopping street, didn't we? They were such wonderful surprises we had all together. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan as we did in Kamakura. Again, thank you so much! Eri

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