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The Real Kamakura - 1 day Customized Tour - 

by Aki
(23) Reviews
7:30h $ 267 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Visit magnificent temples and shrines
  • See the stunning Great Statue of Buddha
  • Walk in the main and back streets
  • Appreciate plants and flowers in season, such as cherry and plum blossoms, hydrangeas, etc.
  • Neat shops for tourists and locals
  • Various restaurants and cafes
  • Cultural experiences: Making traditional crafts, Zen meditation and Sutra copying
  • Hiking in mountain trails
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267.00 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.60
Extra person.
$ 35.60
Hotel escort.
$ 22.25

Overview

Kamakura is a popular tourist destination about an hour train ride away from Tokyo, having various historical sites such as temples and shrines. It also has natural beauty, surrounded by mountains and sea, and also many attractive small shops and restaurants.
We walk around the city, dropping in at popular spots, hidden sites, and neat shops on the main and back streets - like locals do.

What to Expect

This tour can be customized according to your request.
Kamakura is roughly categorized into 6 areas. I recommend choosing 2 to 4 areas for one day tour.
Based on you interest, I can include activities such as hiking, making traditional crafts, Buddhist training like Zen meditation and sutra-copying sessions, on an itinerary. Please let me know your requests in advance. I’ll take it consideration into making an itinerary.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Areas:
1. Kita-Kamakura, Northern Kamakura Area – Magnificent temples dotting in the mountains
Engakuji Temple, Kenchoji Temple, Meigetsuin Temple, Tokeiji Temple, Jochiji Temple, etc.
2. Central Kamakura Area – The most bustling area of Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Komachi-dori Street, Wakamiya-oji Street, Kamakura central food market, Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine, Sasuke Inari Shrine, etc.
3. Eastern Kamakura Area – A Quiet area of Kamakura
Egara Tenjinsha Shrine, Hokokuji Temple(Bamboo temple), Jomyoji Temple, Zuisenji Temple, etc.
4. Southeastern Kamakura Area – Bright and rustic area of Kamakura
Myohonji temple, Komyoji temple, Yakumo shrine, Zaimokuza Beach, etc.
5. Southwestern Kamakura Area – Featuring huge statues of Buddhas and a variety of shops lining the streets
Kotokuin Temple: Daibutsu(Great Buddha), Hasedera temple, Yuigahama-odori Street, Yuigahama Beach, etc.
6. Enoshima Area – A scenic island, located west of Kamakura
Enoshima Jinja Shrine, Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden & Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower, Enoshima Iwaya Cave, etc.

Activities:
1. Hiking – walking in mountain trails for about 60 minutes, appreciating wonderful nature
2. Making traditional crafts – experiencing Kamakurabori carving, traditional wooden craft for about 2 hours
3. Zen Buddhist trainings – Zen meditation, Sutra copying, etc. for about 2 hours each

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Highlights

  • Visit magnificent temples and shrines
  • See the stunning Great Statue of Buddha
  • Walk in the main and back streets
  • Appreciate plants and flowers in season, such as cherry and plum blossoms, hydrangeas, etc.
  • Neat shops for tourists and locals
  • Various restaurants and cafes
  • Cultural experiences: Making traditional crafts, Zen meditation and Sutra copying
  • Hiking in mountain trails

Important

I can guide you in Kyoto, Kagawa(Shikoku) and Okinawa.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.
I would appreciate it if you could give me an inquiry about the availability at least two weeks before the day of the tour.

This tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up(in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel to Kamakura)
What‘s not included
transportation fare(you and guide), admission fee(you and guide), meals
Depart From
Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Meeting Point
At JR Kamakura Station, Kita-Kamakura Station, or your hotel in Tokyo and Yokohama
Ending Point
At JR Kamakura Station
Duration
7:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get to Kamakura from Tokyo?

From the center and east sides of Tokyo(Marunouchi, Asakusa, Ueno), the JR Yokosuka line takes you to Kamakura for about an hour.
The JR Shonan-Shinjuku line runs from the west of Tokyo(Shinjuku, Shibuya), taking about an hour with some trains requiring a transfer at Ofuna station.
The transportation fare is approximately 2,000 JPY for a round trip.

If I make my own way to Kamakura, can you shorten the tour duration?

Yes, I can shorten the duration and reduce guide fee by 1 hour.
In this case, please contact me before booking. I'll offer you a customized tour with the duration 7 hours.

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for a one-day tour?

Although the cost varies according to our itinerary, a typical cost is 5,000 to 8,000 JPY per person.
For example, if you visit three temples, the total cost comes to 5,000 JPY approximately.
- transportation fare: 2,000 JPY (Hotel - Kamakura, for a round trip)
- lunch: 2,000 JPY
- entrance fee to three temples: 1,000 JPY
For more details, please refer to the Questions and Answers below.

What is an admission fee at temples?

Most of the temples require the visitors to pay an admission fee.
Typical price is about 200 yen to 300 yen per person.

What is the price range of lunch in Kamakura?

There are various types of restaurants serving many kinds of cuisines.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen
- A Curry and rice shop: 1,000 yen to 2,000 yen
- A Ramen shop: 1,000 yen approximately

How much are the costs of cultural experiences?

For example,
Kamakurabori carving
- Adults: 3200 yen (including an admission fee of Kamakurabori Museum)
Zen meditation:
- Adults: 500 to 1000 yen
Sutra copying:
- Adults: 1000 to 2000 yen

Can I participate in cultural experiences any time?

Cultural experiencing sessions are not always held everyday.
Please confirm to me the schedule in advance.

What’s a recommended itinerary for this tour?

For example:

9:00am
Meet at your hotel in Tokyo and move to Kamakura by a train.

10:15am
Arrive at Kita-Kamakura Station and visit Engakuji Temple, a huge Zen temple with spacious grounds.

11:15am
Move to Kamakura Station from Kita-Kamakura by a train.
At Kamakura Station, we change trains to Enoden railway.

11:45am
Arrive at Hase area and visit Kotokuin Temple where we can meet Daibutsu, or the Great Buddha statue.

12:30pm
Visit Hasedera Temple, situating a huge statue of Kannon, numerous statues of Jizo, and a beautiful Japanese-style garden.
You can enjoy viewing spectacular scenery from a rise in the grounds.
We can have lunch at a restaurant nearby.

02:00pm
Move to Kamakura and change to a bus to Hokokuji Temple (Bamboo temple).

02:45pm
Visit Hokokuji Temple and stroll in the bamboo garden.
While viewing the garden, having matcha, or green tea in a café might be a good break.

03:30pm
Move to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
We will walk around Wakamiya-oji and Komachi-dori Streets lined with various shops.

04:30pm
Arrive at Kamakura Station and the tour ends

Can you arrange a private car? How much does it cost for a car?

Yes, I can arrange a private car, van and minibus according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $320 USD for 8 hours and 2 passengers.

Can you escort me to my hotel?

Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel escort fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

Can you pick me up at an airport?

Yes, I can, however, during the daytime only.
If you use Narita Airport, please pay the extra fee.
The rate of the extra fee is same as the extra-hour fee. Please pay the extra-hour fee for two hours when you book.
In case of Haneda Airport, you don't need to pay the extra fee.

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?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 23 )
Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Aki gave us a great tour of Tokyo and provided us with some great knowledge.

Aki:

Dear Saunders, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! It was my pleasure to have guided you. I hope you enjoyed touring in Tokyo. It was really nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your friends. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Marilyn Marilyn Australia
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A wonderful introduction to Tokyo ”

Aki was a very well informed and considerate guide. We were very appreciative of his wealth of knowledge about Tokyo and his willingness to accommodate our queries. By the end of our tour we felt Aki had provided us with sufficient information to give us confidence to venture out the following days on our own exploration of Tokyo. Aki was at all times polite, well informed and good company during our first venture in Tokyo.

Aki:

Dear Marilyn, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! That's very nice of you to say! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed exploring Tokyo by yourself. It was really nice to meet you and was my pleasure to have guided you. Please convey my regards to your husband. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki

Samuel Samuel United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Meeting with Aki was like meeting an old friend ”

Aki was great. He planned an excellent day tour for us, taking into account our two young children, ensuring that we all had a great time. It took almost no time to get comfortable with Aki as our guide, and as we talked during our train ride from Yokohama to Tokyo, it felt like we were catching up with an old friend. I highly recommend Aki to anyone touring Tokyo or Yokohama, especially families.

Aki:

Dear Scott, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! That's very nice of you to say! I'm very happy to hear that your family enjoyed the Tokyo tour. I also felt at ease with your family like an old friend. It was really nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your pretty family members. Thanks for coming to Yokohama and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki

Chris Chris United States ( Business )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Excellent tour of Tokyo ”

We enjoyed working with Aki very much during our recent trip. Many Thanks

Aki:

Dear Chris, Thank you so much for giving me such a nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided your party. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your days in Japan. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Pervin Pervin United States ( Friends )
Good
3 months ago

“ Tokyo & Kamakura ”

We were a group of 6 for Tokyo tour and 4 for Kamakura. Aki is a good guide; very patient, polite and professional. He knows the subject matter and explains well; sometimes we wished he gave us more details or background history. He gave us an excellent orientation of the subway stations and how the Japanese rail system worked. We wished he did a better of job of time management. Eg. in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace which was the first place we visited we spent too much time; actually you can do this without a guide and at Kamakura we again spent too much time at the first sight Engakuji temple; as a result we then had to rush around. Also Aki should have done a better research for taking us for lunch; because when lunch time came, we had to scramble and look for restaurants and in Tokyo... read more

Aki:

Dear Pervin, Thank you so much for giving me a kind review. I understand your disappointment. I realize that I need to be more sensitive to your expectations. Please accept my apology. Sincerely, Aki

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