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

by Eri
(14) Reviews
6h $ 160 up to 5 people

Highlights

  • 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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160.20 USD

total price for up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

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Extra person.
$ 17.80

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

City Kamakura

Meeting Point At the East Exit of Kamakura station

Ending Point At Kamakura station

Duration 6 hours

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 5 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee


What‘s not included
  • transportation fee (you and guide)
  • lunch
  • your entrance fee

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.

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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.

Organized by Eri


National Certified Guide

(14) Reviews

Contact Eri
Response Time 49 min

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 ( 14 )

Excellent
1 month 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.

Excellent
2 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!

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Nancy

“ Beautiful Kamakura with a Beautiful Guide ”

We did a walking tour of Kamakura with Eri during our recent cruise around Japan. Eri was so helpful in advance of the tour, giving us exact instructions on how to take the train from the port in Yokohama. The tour was wonderful. Eri met us at the train station. She was wearing a traditional kimono, which was very nice. She gave us so much good information about the various sites. Her English is excellent. We stopped for a great lunch in a noodle restaurant. We highly recommend Eri for a great tour of Kamakura.

Excellent
3 months ago |   by Bryn

“ Day Trip to Kamakura ”

My husband, son, and I spent a wonderful day in Kamakura with Eri! The sights that we visited were beautiful and amazing and Eri had great information and stories to share everywhere we went. My son has a culinary background and she arranged a great place for lunch and a stop at a sword master's shop where we picked up a fabulous new kitchen knife. Eri really listened to our interests and created a great day for us!! Thank you, Eri!

Excellent
5 months ago |   by Peggy

“ Awesome Time at Kamakura! ”

We had a wonderful time with Eri. Being a local, Eri was very knowledgeable of the history, culture and legends of Kamakura. She speaks English extremely well and she made sure we were comfortable and did not feel rushed at all. My kids (ages 9 & 13) loved Eri. While we waited for our dishes at the table during lunch, she gave each of us a beautiful packet of origami paper and started showing us how to make ninja stars. Even though our tour passed the 5 hr mark, Eri still made sure we saw everything as per our itinerary and at the end of the tour, waited at the train platform with us until the train arrived and still stayed until the train departed. We highly recommend Eri as a guide. She's fantastic, warm, friendly, funny and a great photographer too! Eri, thank you for showing us around Kamakura.

Excellent
6 months ago |   by Avi

“ Nice day in Japan ”

Eri knew how to adopte herself to our small wishes. One of our best guides all over the world Hope to meet her in our next visit.

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Evelyn

“ 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!!

Excellent
8 months ago |   by Maria

“ 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!

Excellent
8 months ago |   by Karen

“ 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.

Excellent
8 months ago |   by Vanessa

“ 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!

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Lynn

“ 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.

Excellent
1 year ago |   by George

“ Kamakura tour exceeded expectations, which were already high ”

Kudos to Eri Yusa, our guide, and TripleLights for making our Kamakura tour the best day of our 11 days in Japan. Friends recommended an excursion from Tokyo to Kamakura and we went with that recommendation. We were fortunate, by sheer luck, to find TripleLights and Eri to make our trip so enjoyable and rewarding. Why was it so successful? --The warmth, sense of humor, friendliness and knowledge of Eri; --communication and follow-up from Eri so we could easily take the train from Tokyo to Kamakura and be met at the station by her without any glitches; --selecting the best temples & shrines and other attractions and timing the walking tour so that everything on our agenda was accomplished without hurrying. Crowds were present, but they were easily navigated. --going overtime to accomodate our plans without forcing speed or overlooking any planned stops. Eri and TripleLights are simply the best. You cannot do better in our opinion, and we went on seven different walking tours while in Japan and Hong Kong.

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Mike

“ Awesome Day in Kamakura ”

We had a great day with Eri in Kamakura. She met us at the train station in the morning and away we went. Eri brought a tremendous amount of knowledge about the history, the architecture and the culture of Japan and Kamakura. We even had discussions about local flowers and plants. We walked back roads and paths that allowed us to have a view of daily life that most tourists don't experience. We gained some wonderful information and perspectives that have made our trip much more enriched. We highly recommend Eri. She brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the day that you feel that you have known each other for years. Our day was awesome. If you want to experience that as well, you need to contact Eri.

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Anne

Eri was an excellent local guide for Kamakura. She provided very good historical and spiritual context for the sites we visited. She is also a warm and engaging person who was very welcoming and I found her good company for the day. As a local, she knew the interesting "backstreet" routes to take so we could enjoy the small town charm of Kamakura as well as the major attractions. Highly recommended!

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