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One Day Customized Tour in Kamakura

by Tomoko
(32) Reviews
8:30h $ 306 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Your visit to Kamakura will be more satisfying and memorable. Give me some clues and I will suggest a special itinerary for you.
  • The followings are some of the popular visiting spots in Kamakura and its nearby.
  • - Great Buddha (a large bronze statue of Amida Buddha in Kotokuin temple)
  • - Hasedera temple (called as Kamakura's Western Pure Land full of seasonal flowers, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy)
  • - Enoshima island (just off the coast with a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower, caves and fun acquarium)
  • - Kenchoji temple (a grand, historical Zen temple)
  • - Hokokuji temple (a small zen temple famous for its beautiful bamboo grove)
  • - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine (Kamakura's most important shrine originally found in the late 11th century)
  • - Engakuji temple (a grand historical zen temple with beautifully colored maples in autumn)
  • - some other small but beautiful ancient temples and shrines
  • - local craft shops, cozy cafes, good seafood restaurants and stalls
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306.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.00
Extra person.
$ 32.40

Overview

One day fun tour in Kamakura, a popular, small, coastal city just one hour south of Tokyo. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments as well as beautiful beach and forestry hills. I will customize your tour based on your tastes and requests. Count on me, Kamakura specialist! Let's find many hidden gems together.

What to Expect

Kamakura is a coastal town surrounded by forestry low hills on its three sides. It once became the political center of Japan during the 12th to 14th century as the site of the first ‘Samurai’(warrior class) government. You will find many grand or ancient Zen temples and shrines in this small city.
It's my personal story, but I moved from a large city Nagoya to Kamakura with my family when I was 10 years old. Despite a little girl, I instantly noticed how historically interesting the town was. It also surprised me there were so many atmospheric narrow winding streets and slopes. It was the best site for kids to have a little adventure! Since then, I have been walking around the city of Kamakura with friends, family, or even by myself. I know every corner of the city and its seasonal beauties. So, let me know your interests and tastes, and I will make the best itinerary for you.
- Is there any place you definitely want to visit and see?
- What are you interested in, history / temples and shrine / bay view / local culture, craft, and food / flowers and seasonal beauties/ walking / shopping / etc.?

The best way to appreciate the city of Kamakura would be to walk casually along its narrow paths visiting temples and local areas. Why don't you contact me and share the excitement of finding out Kamakura's beauties?

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Highlights

  • Your visit to Kamakura will be more satisfying and memorable. Give me some clues and I will suggest a special itinerary for you.
  • The followings are some of the popular visiting spots in Kamakura and its nearby.
  • - Great Buddha (a large bronze statue of Amida Buddha in Kotokuin temple)
  • - Hasedera temple (called as Kamakura's Western Pure Land full of seasonal flowers, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy)
  • - Enoshima island (just off the coast with a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower, caves and fun acquarium)
  • - Kenchoji temple (a grand, historical Zen temple)
  • - Hokokuji temple (a small zen temple famous for its beautiful bamboo grove)
  • - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine (Kamakura's most important shrine originally found in the late 11th century)
  • - Engakuji temple (a grand historical zen temple with beautifully colored maples in autumn)
  • - some other small but beautiful ancient temples and shrines
  • - local craft shops, cozy cafes, good seafood restaurants and stalls

Important

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

■ Please wear comfortable shoes and outfits for walking.
■ It takes about one hour from Tokyo area to Kamakura. So, if you want to enjoy Kamakura fully and longer, here might be your options.
- to start the tour earlier, such as 7:30 or 8:00 am.
- to put 1 or 2 extra hours and make the tour longer (Please consult me if you want.)

What‘s included
■guide fee
■hotel pick-up (in Tokyo metropolitan area)
What‘s not included
■transportation fee (you and guide): about 3000 yen/each in total, e.g. ① JR round trip between Tokyo and Ofuna (1600 yen/adult) ② value area pass (700 yen/adult), etc.
■lunch
■admission fee: e.g. Great Buddha (200 yen/adult), Kenchoji temple (500 yen/adult), Hasedera temple (300 yen/adult), etc.
Meeting Point
At your hotel or at any convenient spot for you in central Tokyo area
Ending Point
At JR Kamakura (Kita-Kamakura, or Ofuna) station
Duration
8:30 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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.

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 ( 32 )
Laura Laura United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Excellent tour guide in Tokyo with Tomoko! ”

We have just finished our first day with Tomoko, and we are absolutely thrilled with having her for our guide! Before our trip she corresponded well with us through email to organize and plan our itinerary and days. She matched our itinerary so well with what we had expressed our interests are. Yet, she was also very flexible along the way as we decided how to see and do interesting things in the city. She is thoughtful and informative and gives great insights to everything we are seeing and experiencing. She has wonderful suggestions and she paces activities and sights to see just perfectly. She is so helpful and pleasant. Tomoko has really made our Tokyo adventure so special, and we have made wonderful memories on our tour with her. We can’t imagine anyone better than Tomoko to na... read more

Tomoko:

Hi Laura and all! Thank you very much for posting such a nice review just after the tour. That was a great valentine day for me, too. I like the way how all of you think and care about other family members, which made my heart warmed💛 I also appreciate it a lot that you always listened to my stories attentively and show great interest and respect to our culture and the differences even while you are busy tasting, photographing, and shopping. Wishing you have great days in Kyoto and very much looking forward to our reunion on the second day in Tokyo. More fun experiences and sights will be waiting for you! Thank you again. 😊

Emily Emily United Kingdom ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kamakura Day Trip ”

I had a lovely day with Tomoko visiting Kamakura. Tomoko designed a proposal for me to suit my work schedule and met me at my hotel in Tokyo. We travelled to Kamakura together and on the way she showed me the various maps, information packs she had brought for me. In Kamakura, Tomoko provided a huge amount of historical, local information and clearly knows a lot about the area having lived there for many years! Her plan allowed us plenty of time in each place and at no point did I feel rushed, despite having to be back in Tokyo for a meeting that afternoon. I learned so much and would highly recommend Tomoko as a guide. She was friendly and easygoing and the whole day was fantastic.

Tomoko:

Hi dear Emily! Thank you for your great review. I really enjoyed the time shared with you in Kamakura. You are just like my daughters’ generation, so it was fun for me to hear your stories, views, and ideas. It was like a refreshing breeze! After the tour, I saw the film, ‘One Cut of the Dead.’ That was hilarious! Also, thank you for showing your interest to my old stories when I was in my teens _ hahaha. Wishing you the very best for your future career and your own life, too.

Sally-Anne Sally-Anne Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing memorable experience of Tokyo highlights over 4 days ”

Tomoko was a fantastic guide and we highly recommend her! Her depth and breadth of knowledge was remarkable and her flexibility just great. We spent 3 half days of our 4 day visit to Tokyo with Tomoko. And we visited so many interesting places including: Asakusa (temple and lively town), Tsukiji Outer Market (food tasting extraordinaire!) Kappabashi (foodie heaven of kitchen and cutlery shops), Uneo Park (history and temples), Yanaka (matcha tea ceremony - one of the highlights), Imperial Palace gardens (including impromptu taxi drive around the area with very knowledgeable driver translated by Tomoko), Fukagawa Fudodo (temple in the old town with fire ceremony). In the later afternoons and evenings we had time to explore ourselves and took in Tokyo station, Shinjuku and the Samura... read more

Tomoko:

Hi Sally-Anne! Thank you very much to take your time to write such a nice review and share what we did together in details. Yes, we visited many places in three days and shared a lot of memorable moments. We laughed a lot, too! Our last visiting spot was the GIRL’s town, Harajuku, and I will not forget the sweet picture that you and Peter enjoyed sharing that crepe. So sweet😊 Say hello to Vija! Her ideas and supports were just great. My very best wishes to you all!

Justine Justine Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Would have been lost without her! ”

My husband and I spent two days with Tomoko as she showed us around Tokyo. We had never been to Japan and only had two days in the city before moving on to Hakuba for a week of skiing. We are so very pleased that we arranged this time with Tomoko. Right from the first contact she demonstrated how well she would look after us. She tailored our trip to show us the things we had expressed an interest in and constantly checked in with us if we wanted to see or experience anything else along the way. As a former teacher, Tomoko is very good at providing detailed information about what she is showing you and you need to be ready for her pop quizzes as you go along ;-) She has a lovely personality and is very nurturing. She is fluent in English and does not hesitate to help you with your tra... read more

Tomoko:

Thank you so much Justine for your great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the days in Tokyo and a week of skiing in Hakuba. I wished I could go there, too, with the last train ticket left :) We walked and visited so many places, which made us always hungry. We had a lot of good food, too . The gyoza was superb! Thank you for letting me know your interests, where you stay, and the whole tour plan in Japan. It was helpful when I plan the itinerary. That is one of the fun parts for me, but sometimes I put too many places with the intention of showing as many places as possible. However, as you know, what counts is not the number of places we visit but is how you enjoy them. So, I try to ask my guests how they feel on our way. That’s another fun part of private tours, the fun collaboration! We ... read more

 Susan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing Time ”

Spent a wonderful two days with Tomoko. Tomoko is very charming and knowledgeable. We told her what we were interested in and she took us to gardens, temples, shrines, markets, museums, and parks which we would have spent days trying to find on our own. We had delicious food, rode the intimidating subway with ease, and learned so much about Japanese culture and history. We enjoyed immensely our two days with Tomoko and I highly recommend her if you want to experience the very best of Japan.

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the 2-day tour with me. It was cold outside, but we walked and did a lot blessed with fine weather. Thank you for telling me your general interests in advance, which made me easier to make up plans. I also thank you for your asking countless questions while we were together. They gave me the chances to reconsider our life, history, customs, etc., which I would take just as a matter of course if not being asked. I will never forget the beautiful crescent we see together on our way back from the Matcha, tea place. That was a real ‘once in a lifetime’ moment 😊

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