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Kamakura Hiking Tour of Great Buddha Trail

7 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

There are several nice Hiking-Trails in Kamakura. Great Buddha trail is one of them.
Let's walk on a trail and feel the nature of Kamakura !

Kamakura was the political center of Kamakura Shogunate government (1185~1333).
It's about 51km away from Tokyo and easy to access by train (around 1 hour).


Feel free to personalize this offer with Shizuko.

  • Jochiji temple The fifth rank of the 5 great Zen temples in Kamakura.
  • Kuzuharagaoka Shrine People come here to pray for a good match
  • Zeniarai Benten (official name is Ugatsu shrine) If you wash money here, money will come back to you more than double value.
  • Sasuke Inari shrine, very photogenic Shinto shrine
  • coffee break at the pleasant café surrounded by nature on the way to Great Buddha.
  • Great Buddha National treasure. You can enter inside of the stature of Buddha.

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What to Expect

This is an ideal course for tourists who want to enjoy walking through the greenery mountain path in Kamakura..
And furthermore, you can visit 6 popular sightseeing spots during the tour..
We start the tour at JR Kita- Kamakura station.
Hiking trail is about 5 km distance and an average time required is around 80 minutes.
But we walk on our own pace and have a coffee break at the pleasant café surrounded by trees on the way to Great Buddha.

Let's enjoy walking in the nature where Kamakura samurai walked 800 years ago.

9:30 Meet at WEST EXIT of Kita-Kamakura station (or at 9:00 at your hotel)

Jochiji temple
The fifth rank of the Five great Zen temples in Kamakura. Hundreds of monks used to live here for practicing Zazen (Zen meditation).
At the back of the main building, we can see Japanese graves.

Kuzuharagaoka Shrine  
In the precincts, there are two stones tied with a red thread, called "match maker stones". People come here to pray for a good match. 

Zeniarai Benten (official name is Ugatsu shrine)
Zeniari means MONEY WASH. It’s said if you wash money with holy spring water, your money will be back to you more than double value.
Do yo believe?

Sasuke Inari shrine
Inari is a God (Kami) of Rice, protecting rice field and giving the farmers an abundant harvest every year.
Sasuke shrine is very photogenic Shinto shrine with many statures of fox and hundreds of red Torii (shrine gate).

Coffee break at a pleasant cafe on the trail. Let's have a rest and forest bathing with coffee, tea , juice, cake etc.

Great Buddha
National treasure. The big bronze stature built in 1252. It’s the only National Treasure we can touch. You can enter inside of the stature from the back.

Late lunch at Hase area.

Finish the tour: at JR Kamakura station.
If you wish, I introduce you to a “Komachi street”, attractive shopping street near the station.

I give you a necessary information to go back to your hotel from JR Kamakura station.
(Hotel drop-off service is available)

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at JR Kita-Kamakura station WEST EXIT or at your hotel ( pick-up )
Ending Point At JR Kamakura station or At Komachi street or At your hotel (drop-off)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
transportation fee for guide in Kamakura
lunch for guide

What‘s not included

transportation fee for you
transportation fee for guide from Tokyo to Kamakura/ Kamakura to Tokyo ( in case of hotel pick-up )
your lunch and food
hotel pick-up and drop-off fee
admission fee of temples and shrines


The cafe on the trail is closed on Tuesday.

* This tour will be changed according to the weather conditions, such as heavy rain on that day or in previous day, snow, too cold, strong wind and so on.
In this case, I will take you to other sightseeing spots in Kamakura including Great Buddha, Hokokuji temple (Bamboo temple) , Jomyoji temple,
Tsurugaoka-Hachiman shrine and Komachi street.
* Please wear a suitable walking-shoes and clothes for hiking.
* The hiking trail is not so difficult but there are little ups and downs.

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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Reviews ( 13 )
5.0 (13) Reviews
Very Good
Allan Allan Australia ( Family )
2 months ago

“ We enjoyed a wonderful day with Shizuko ”

We enjoyed a wonderful day with Shizuko inspite of the rainy day, she changed our tour because of the rain for other fun things to do & to see some other great site's which turned out to be a great day of enjoying Tokyo, Thankyou Shizuko for helping our tour with you being Fantasic for us 4 Aussies, Allan, Annette, Judy & David


Dear Allan, Annette, Judy and David, Thank you very much for sending me such a wonderful and warm review. Your kind review really encouraged me. And I’m so glad to know that you were satisfied with the tour with me. Because it was too heavy rain to take a waterbus and we had to change some parts of the original plan. I appreciate for having me as your guide. I hope you had enjoyed other districts in Japan, too. If I have a chance to see you again in the future, it would be great. Thank you very much again, Allan, Annette, Judy and David! Shizuko

Eva Eva United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Great guide and lovely person ”

Suzuko was our guide for two days in Tokyo. It was easy to work with her prior to our visit to develop a plan that efficiently fit in all of our wish list sights. Most importantly, she was a delight to be with—her English was perfect, she was extremely knowledgeable, was flexible when we wanted to linger or move along and quickly picked up on our interests so she could adjust the pacing and focus on information that she thought we would find interesting. She went above and beyond!!! When she met us for the second day of touring she came with tons of information for the rest of our stay. She wrote out instructions for the taxi driver to get us to the correct entrance to the Tokyo station for our bullet train, wrote out subway directions to get us there, drew a map of the relevant area ... read more


Dear Eva, Thank you very much for your warm and kind review. I am so happy to know that you were satisfied with my guiding in Tokyo. Although the second day of the tour was extremely cold like winter, I was glad to complete the tour to the end. I hope you've enjoyed many things in Tokyo including a hot spring bath in Shinjuku. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Please give my best regard to Alexa. Thank you very much again, Eva.

Eric Eric United States ( Solo )
4 months ago

“ Great guide for a first time traveler ”

First time in Japan and as a solo traveler and she helped me ease up on the nerves I've had and made feel more comfortable around Tokyo and the transit system. She is very knowledgeable and friendly and shown me aound from Asakusa to Shibuya on the Yamanote Line and even to Odaiba. We even went to a Maid Cafe in Akihabara, which was the highlight of the tour I would say. Haha. I still find it funny that you shown me the Statue of Liberty for the first time and as an American I never seen the New York version. A Japanese person showing an American the Statue of Liberty. Haha, I'll never forget that. Overall, sad to see the tour is over. Loved you being my guide! Would book again if I could!


Dear Eric, Thank you very much for your wonderful review for me. I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed and were satisfied with the tour with me. I myself enjoyed the touring you and had a nice experience at Maid Café especially. It was so lucky for us to enjoy their pretty dancing and singing at the stage. I had also funny feeling to guide you (an American) the Statue of Livery in JAPAN. You have a lot of plans to do in Japan, I hope my guiding will help you to get around by yourself easily all over Japan. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your days in Japan to the fullest. If I could have a chance to guide you again, it would be great. Thank you again. Shizuko

Haylie Haylie Australia ( Family with kids )
5 months ago

“ Day tour of Tokyo’s main attractions ”

My family had a lovely and very interesting day tour with you Shizuko! You were very informative and explained to us about the Japanese culture and history at every place we visited. You made a very detailed itinerary, which really helped us as this was our 1st trip to Tokyo! We kindly thank you for your time, and will always be grateful for the memorable experience you have given us on your day tour of Tokyo. Tokyo is such a big busy city, and for you to guide us around by train, subway and water taxi we are very fortunate for that experience. We will definitely be back to Japan for more adventures, and would recommend you to anyone for tours. Warmest regards Haylie & Family from Australia


Dear Haylie, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I’m so glad to know that you were satisfied with the tour with me. I felt very happy that you could take pictures of some cherry blossoms still bloomed in the Japanese garden. I hope your younger daughter, she was a little tired in the crowds of people, is fine today and enjoy her days in Japan. Please come back to Japan someday in the future. It was so nice meeting all of you. Thank you again and give my best regards to your parents and lovely children. Shizuko

Elena Elena United States ( Couple )
5 months ago

“ One day in Tokyo ”

Shizuko is a wonderful guide. She is very knowledgeable about Japanese history and culture. She showed us how to navigate through the underground metro maze in a few very simple steps. Shizuko made a lots of pictures during our tour and email them the same day. Also, she gave detailed information how to get to Yokoyama from Tokyo. Overall we are very satisfied with her guidence. Do not hesitate to hire her , she will not disappoint.


Dear Elena, Thank you very much for your kind and warm review to me. I am so happy to hear that you have enjoyed the tour with me. I was impressed by your questions about Japanese tradition and cultures. As you said, Shinto might be something different from other religions in the sense of no-founder, no-official doctrine ad no-written scriptures. It was nice talking with you. And next time, please come back to Japan with your children. I love to see them. I hope you enjoy wonderful cruising trip and happy time the rest of your days. Thank you once again. Shizuko

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