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Bamboo Temple, Sugimoto Temple, and three other attractive spots in Kamakura

by Eri
(17) Reviews
6h $ 171 Price up to 5 people


  • 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
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171.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 19.00

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.

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Organized by Eri

Licensed Guide
(17) Reviews


  • 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


What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, your entrance fee
Meeting Point
At the East Exit of Kamakura station
Ending Point
At Kamakura station
6 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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)

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Eri

Licensed Guide

(17) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello! I'm Eri. I'm originally from Iwate prefecture, and now I live in Fujisawa city, a popular seaside resort close to Kamakura. I've been guiding overseas tourists around Kamakura for several years. I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world and introducing the attractions of historical and present-day Kamakura and my neighborhood Enoshima Island. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Reviews ( 17 )

1 month ago |   by Andrew

“ Wonderful introduction to Kamakura ”

My wife Sandra and I spent a great day in Kamakura with Eri. She knows Kamakura inside out and she clearly loves it, which was apparent from the way she showed many of its highlights to us. Eri met us at the station dressed in a beautiful kimono which was a delightful touch. The tour designed for us took us to several temples around Kamakura and her explanations of the history and significance of each of these places were interesting and helpful to our understanding. Eri went out of her way to assist us with things that were of interest to us. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in a lovely vegetarian restaurant that Eri especially chose for us so we could experience some of the local cuisine. She is particularly good at putting you at ease and at providing information to match your level of knowledge about Japan and Kamakura in particular. We very much enjoyed our experience with guide Eri and would not hesitate to recommend her to others visiting Kamakura.

3 months ago |   by Felicia

“ A perfect day in Kamakura ”

My sons (aged 14 and 12) and I decided to visit Kamakura as a short-getaway from our Tokyo trip. As I was travelling with my teenagers, I was looking for someone who could show us around all the shrines and temples (which could otherwise have been boring without any guide). We're very happy to have found Eri. Eri is an excellent guide who knows Kamakura very well. Dressed in a kimono, she has a pleasant personality and a lovely smile which makes her approachable and we felt immediately at ease with her. She was also very accommodating especially to our shopping request and didn't complain at all when our timing ran a little late for the tour. It was indeed a perfect and memorable day for my boys and I in Kamakura. I would highly recommend Eri to be your guide if ever anyone visits Kamakura.

3 months ago |   by Minnie

“ Comprehensive half day intro to Kamakura ”

We booked a half day tour with Eri because our flight arrived early in the morning and we could not check in to hotel until 3 pm. We took the wrong train and arrived 15 mins late into Kamakura but Eri was very patient and cheerful. She also helped us store our luggage at a "secret" local place near the station which was full. The tour was very informative and fun and was well worth the time spent. Eri was passionate about her work and enthusiastic in addition to speaking very good English - I would highly recommend her.

4 months ago |   by Carolyn

“ Beautiful guide through beautiful Kamakura ”

We were met at the Kamakura train station by a beautiful woman dressed in kimono. Eri was informative and entertaining throughout our walking tour of Kamakura. Not only did we see the beautiful shrines and learn of their histories, our tour included walking through the quiet residential streets away from the main stream to these sites. Eri's love for sharing her knowledge and insights was unmistakable as well as the care she provided for us. I highly recommend Eri to everyone.

5 months ago |   by Lisa

“ Customized Tour of Kamakura with Kids! ”

We had a lovely day with Eri! My family (including twin 4 year old boys) took the train (which she helped us with finding the correct train/time) from Tokyo to see the Daibutsu, and with the help and knowledge of Eri, we saw the Big Buddha and so much more! Traveling with kids is so different and she helped make it fun for them and interesting and relevant for us. We first went to the main shrine, Tsurugaoko Hachimangu, where our boys could have been bored. But we fed the birds/fish to change the pace. We also took a detour bc my husband wanted to look at a woodblock store on our way to the next stop. She helped him communicate with the shopkeeper and we ended up with a beautiful piece of art. Seeing the Daibustu itself is pretty amazing, but had she not been with us we would have missed the opportunity to actually go inside! The best part was because I wanted a chance to see Mt. Fuji - she took us to the seafront at Inamuragasaki. it was a cloudy day so we didn't get the view we'd hoped for but my boys got to play in the sand and water for a bit! They're still talking about it! Eri also arranged lunch reservations for us so we could taste the very delicate and oishii baby sardines - sounds weird but try it! Overall Eri was helpful, patient, knowledgable, kind and we highly recommend her services!

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