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The essence of Kamakura - A half-day trip to another world


Kamakura
3:30 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), French ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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From Tokyo, only one hour train ride takes you to another world, Kamakura, an ancient capital of samurais.Their spirit of "Zen" still remains anywhere. The passage of time is quite different from the one of megapolis Tokyo. I think three spots express the essence of Kamakura, Great Buddha (Kotoku-in Temple), Bamboo Temple (Hokoku-ji Temple) and First Shogun's Shrine (Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman Guu).

Itinerary

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  • Great Buddha (Kotoku-in Temple) --- the symbol of Kamakura
  • Bamboo Temple (Hokoku-ji Temple) --- the spirit of
  • First Shogun's Shrine (Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman Guu)
  • Strolling on Wakamiya-ooji (the front approach to Shogun's Shrine)

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What to Expect

I'm sure a serene atmosphere of Kamakura will greatly impress you.
At first, the open-air Great Buddha, must-see of Kamakura, will be your unforgettable scene. Then, at our second spot, a bamboo grove will introduce you to "Zen" world. If you'd like, you can have a cup of powdered green tea (Matcha) with a small japanese sweet in a teahouse looking at bamboo trees (←I recommend this ! ). And, at the third spot, Shogun's shrine (Shogun is samourai leader), I'll tell you a story of two ponds of the precinct. One is so-called "lucky" pond and another is "unlucky" one. Why ? and how ? This shrine still reflects wishes of The First Shogun more than 800 yeas ago ! And.....I'm looking forward to seeing you and telling the story of the two ponds !!

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At the West exit (Nishi-guchi) of JR Kamakura station
Ending Point At JR Kamakura station or in front of Komachi shopping street

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee ("One-Day-Pass)(you and guide), entrance fee (temples)

Important

This tour depends on the calender of the temples

Kamakura would force you to walk more than you imagine. We'll take a bus and a local train, but each temple and shrine has the large precincts. I recommend comfortable shoes.

We need One-Day-Pass(Kamakura Kankyo Tegata)to move by bus and train. Please pay 570 yen (adult) or 290 yen (age 6-12) per person (you ang guide).
Bamboo Temple requires an admission fee, 300 yen per person, if you take a tea there, plus 600 yen per person, please.
At the temple of Great Buddha, the entrance fee is 200 yen or 150 yen (age 6-12) per person.

(About your transportation fee to Kamakura, for example, from Shinjuku to Kamakura, it costs about 1,000 yen per person on JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line) read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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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JARRETT JARRETT Australia ( Family with kids )
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1 year ago

“ Kamakura Tour ”

Friendly, helpful, easy to talk to guide - Bamboo garden was a highlight.

Itsumi:

Thanks a lot, Peter. I really enjoyed with you and your family. Best, Itsumi

Sergey Sergey United States ( Solo )
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1 year ago

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on time, helpful, knowledgable

Itsumi:

Thank you very much, Sergey. I'm really happy you enjoyed the tour. Itsumi

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