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The Real Kamakura - One day Customized Tour - 

by Aki
(29) Reviews
7h $ 255 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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254.80 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.40
Extra person.
$ 31.85
Hotel escort.
$ 31.85
Hotel pick-up.
$ 31.85

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, Okinawa, and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.

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

What‘s included
guide fee
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, or JR Kita-Kamakura Station
Ending Point
At JR Kamakura Station
Duration
7 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.

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:

09:30 am
Meet at the exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station and visit Engakuji Temple, a huge Zen temple with spacious grounds.

10:30 am
Move to Kamakura Station from Kita-Kamakura by train.
At Kamakura Station, we change a train to Enoden railway.

11:00 am
Arrive at Hase area and visit Kotokuin Temple where we can meet Daibutsu, or the Great Buddha statue.

11:45 am
Visit Hasedera Temple, situating a huge statue of Kannon, numerous statues of Jizo, and a beautiful Japanese-style garden.
You can enjoy viewing the spectacular scenery from a rise in the grounds.

12:30 pm
Move to Kamakura and change to a bus to Hokokuji Temple (Bamboo temple).
We can have lunch at a restaurant in Kamakura.

02:15 pm
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.

03:00 pm
Move to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine by bus.

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

04:30 pm
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, and van according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on the type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $300 USD for 7 hours and 2 passengers.

Can you pick me up at my hotel?

Yes, I can. In this case, please pay Hotel pick-up fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to Kamakura is also required to be paid.

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 ( 29 )
Sanford Sanford United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ One day tour of Nikko ”

Aki met the group at Keio Hotel, Shinjuku and proceeded to the train station which Aki got our train tickets to go to Kikko.. Aki was very informative and the group enjoyed the information that he provided to the group. He was very knowledgeable of the area. The group really enjoyed him. He was very considerate and answered the questions the group had. If we take another I will surely ask for Aki. Sorry for not getting back sooner, was trying to catchup sleep and taking of things before the news year. Happy New Year , Sanford Haseyama

Aki:

Dear Sanford, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! I'm delighted to know that you and your family enjoyed a day in Nikko with me. It was nice to meet you. I enjoyed touring with your lovely family too. I hope you and your family had a good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Please convey my regards to your family members. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! May the New Year bring a lot of happiness and smiles to all of your family! Sincerely, Aki

Louise Paula Louise Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Tokyo in a nutshell ”

I highly recommend Aki as a tour guide. 😀 Even with the limited time we had in Tokyo, he was able to introduce us to all the important sights in Tokyo (Tsukiji Market, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Omote-sando & Harajuku). We didn’t go to Shibuya anymore because we already went the night before our tour. He also brought us to a very nice ramen restaurant for lunch. We all loved the broth of the ramen. He was very organized (mapped out a very logical itinerary for us), courteous and patient (specially since we had hard-to-handle kids and we were late in meeting him at the start of the tour), thoughtful (he even gave us a very nice and heartwarming token gift to greet the new year), considerate (always thought about our convenience by looking for elevator/escalator options, specially ... read more

Aki:

Dear Louise, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! I'm very happy to know that you and your family had a good day in Tokyo with my tour. It was my pleasure to have guided you. I'm pleased to hear that your family enjoyed tonkotsu ramen in Tokyo. I enjoyed touring with your kids and family members too. I hope you are having good times and memories in Japan. I wish your children would appreciate snow. It was very nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your family members. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! I would love to see you again in the future. May the New Year bring a lot of happiness to all of your family! Sincerely, Aki

Ken Ken United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Peaceful Tokyo ”

It was my first day in Japan, and after a mind-numbing flight I asked my guide Aki for the chance to have a calm and peaceful day, plus an opportunity to learn about culture and how to get around. It was excellent. Began the morning in a temple observing a ceremony. Visited quiet parks, temples and smaller museums. Yes, we had some busy areas but overall it was a calm and beautiful day.

Aki:

Dear Ken, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed a tour of peaceful places in Tokyo. I enjoyed talking with you while touring. It was nice to meet you and my pleasure to have guided you. I hope you have a great time during the rest of your days in Japan. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Sarah Sarah Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Mt. Fuji: A Trip of a Lifetime ”

Aki is immensely a kind, caring and knowledgeable guide. He speaks English fluently. He made everything comfortable for our family from arranging the bus booking in advance for us to fetching us to our hotel going to Mt. Fuji. He also provided me with the weather update at Mt. Fuji so we would could prepare well for everything. Best of all, Aki made our Mt. Fuji tour priceless! The itinerary he arranged for us was great, from our cruising on the Lake Kawaguchiko to the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway and our relaxing walk around Oishi Park. Even our lunch in one of the restaurants in Oishi Park was really delectable. In the evening when we returned back to Shinjuku, Aki still assisted us even if it was past his schedule with us. We were asking him of the direction going to one shopping... read more

Aki:

Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! I'm delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed Mt. Fuji tour greatly. It was a tremendously nice day. The weather was so good, and autumn leaves were so pretty. The best thing of all, we were able to get magnificent views of Mt. Fuji. I hope you have wonderful memories of the day. Please convey my regards to your husband and children. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Christopher. Christopher. Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A total Hakone experience ”

Aki planned & guided an excellent day for us. He was prompt & answered our questions well. We could not have asked for anything more.

Aki:

Dear Chris, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! It was nice to meet you and my pleasure to have guided you. I enjoyed touring with you in beautiful Hakone. I hope you traveled from Odawara to your next destination smoothly. Please convey my regards to your wife and friend. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Have beautiful days in Japan. Sincerely, Aki

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