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Kamakura your way


Kamakura
6 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

It's by the Pacific Ocean.
It was the samurai capital from the 12th to the 14th century.
Zen Buddhism was started in Kamakura. There are 100 temples and shrines in this area.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • This is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone.
  • The numbered photos correspond to the following, please choose two to four places for a 6-hour tour. LEGEND: C - Central area E - East area W - West area H- Hiking
  • C1: Bamboo temple (Houkokuji) - Enjoy the view of the bamboo forest over a cup of matcha green tea. ( 30 to 60 min = 200 JPY / person, 500 JPY matcha)
  • C2: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine - Largest shrine in the Kamakura area. (1hr)
  • C3: Komachi Dori shopping street - lunch and shopping (1 to 2hrs)
  • W1: The Great Buddha (11m high) at Kotokuin Temple grounds - Most most popular sightseeing spot in this area. (30 min = 300 JPY / person)
  • W2: Hase dera temple - Japanese garden, statues of Buddha, a unique cave shrine. (1hr = 400 JPY / person)
  • W3: Money washing shrine (Zeniarai Benten) - It is said that the spring water energizes the money and multiplies it. (30 min)
  • W4: Sasuke inari shrine - red torii gates line the path of leading up to this small shrine. About 1,000 miniature ceramic foxes are at the shrine (30 min)
  • W5: Wagashi making - Traditional cake for tea ceremony (90min = 3,000JPY /person, advanced booking required.)
  • N1: Engaku-ji (zen temple) - Both the temple bell and Shari-den hall are national treasures. (1hr = 300 JPY / person)
  • N2: Jouchi-ji temple - small rustic temple with Amida, Shaka and Miroku Buddha.(30 min = 200 JPY / person)
  • N3: Kencho-ji (zen temple) - with another 15-20 minutes into the hills behind Kenchoji's main grounds, you will reach an observation deck with fine views of Kamakura city and Mt. Fuji on clear sky days (1hr = 500 JPY / person)
  • N4: Meigetsuin temple - Popular for seasonal flowers and fall foliage (30 min = 300 JPY / person)
  • N5: Zen vegetarian lunch (2,500 JPY and above, advanceed booking recommended)
  • H1: Hiking tour = starts at Kita (north) Kamakura. We will go through N2, W3, W4, W1, & W2 along the trail. (2 to 4 hrs, 5km walk)
  • Yokohama Chinatown, between Tokyo and Kamakura - 40-min train ride from Kamakura (= 390 JPY / person, train fare)
  • Enoshima island = please check out my other tour

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What to Expect

KONNICHIWA!

For a 6-hour tour, please select two to thee destinations from the Highlights section.

WHY TAKE THIS TOUR?
We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.
For example, if you feel like walking, we'll go on a walking tour. We can visit 5 temples by hiking.
Want to visit as many temples as possible? We can take a taxi in order to see more places.

ANYTHING ELSE?
We can also take a tour of Tokyo, Yokohama, Enoshima and Hakone. Hakone has the best view of Mt. Fuji in the winter.
Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package is perfect for you!

My goal is to make your stay in Japan quite enjoyable.
See you in Tokyo!

ARIGATO!

SAMPLE TOUR 1 (6hrs)
10:00 Meet at your hotel in Tokyo
11:30 W2: Hase dera temple and lunch
13:30 W1: Great Buddha
14:30 JR Kamakura station
16:00 Ends at your hotel in Tokyo

SAMPLE TOUR 2 (8hrs)
10:00 Meet at your hotel in Tokyo
11:30 N1: Engakuji (Zen temple)
13:00 C3: Komachi Street (lunch)
14:30 W3: Money-washing shrine
16:00 W1: Great Buddha
17:00 Kamakura Station
18:00 Ends at Yokohama Chinatown

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Departure & Return

Depart From Kamakura
Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama), or JR kamakura station.
Ending Point JR Kamakura station or at a pre-agreed place in Yokohama

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

= Transportation (you and guide) = approx. 2,000++JPY/person (round trip from Tokyo)
= Guide transportation to the meet-up place = 1,000JPY for central Tokyo and Kamakura station, 1,800JPY for Haneda Airport = given to the guide directly on the day of the tour
= Lunch / food / drinks (you and guide)
= Temple entrance fee (you) *Guide has a pass for most temples.

Important

Train fare (round trip from Tokyo) = approx. 2,000JPY. The area is crowded on weekends, holidays, and the peak season (for cherry blossoms & fall foliage). Only walking tours and H1 hiking tour are conducted during GW period (April.28 to May 5) to avoid the heavy holiday crowd.

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,200JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : October 1 to November 20

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

I divided the tour destinations into three (3) zones: Central, West and North. Destinations within the same zone are within 20 minutes of each other. (However, it takes over 30 minutes to go from the North side to the West side.) Since some are located a little far from the train station, we would have to walk or take a bus/taxi.

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.

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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Deborah Deborah United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Excellent 8 hour tour of Tokyo ”

Toshi was an excellent guide. She was very proficient in English, personable, and even added extra touches to our packed itinerary. She knew the subway lines very well, had a good understanding of the culture and history of Japan, and took us to a great restaurant for lunch. We would highly recommend her to anyone coming to Tokyo!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Deborah! So glad to hear you had a marvelous time! You have quite a learned family. The conversations we had on our respective cultures were quite stimulating! The Tsukiji restaurant was quite something, wasn't it? It was like dining underwater. Can't wait for you to get back here. Each season has its own charms! Looking forward to showing you more next year!

Mercedes Mercedes Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Laske Ashi Cruise & Museums ”

Toshi was great from start to finish. She always promptly responded to emails prior to the tour, she was very organized with our itinerary and was very knowledgable about the history of Japan. We enjoyed our time with Toshi and would highly recommend her! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you so much, Mercedes! It was great spending the day with all of you. We were lucky that Hakone was not crowded and everything went smoothly as we had planned. The red Torii gate in Lake Ashi looked so serene and sacred. Have you taken any nice photos? I hope you've taken plenty of pictures to add in your collection. The atmosphere was so peaceful in the moss garden of Hakone Museum that we felt like it was our private garden. Visiting to Hakone Open Air Museum was a perfect photo opps for your social network service, isn’t it? Please come back in April when Mt.Fuji has a snow cap and cherry blossoms are blooming. Hope to see you again.

Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Toshi is a good choice! ”

Our tour with Toshi was enjoyable for she is patient, organized and full of useful tips and information. When she found out my son likes robots she located a robot exhibition that was one of the highlights of the day. After the tour she sent us an email with an overview of what we did, the type of food we ate as well as tips and photos. Toshi even had maps showing Tokyo of the past and present. My only regret is that I did not meet her earlier as I would have liked to have more than one tour with her. Next time I am back in Japan I will definitely use Toshi. Thank you,Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Doreen! So delighted to hear your son liked the Asimo show. It was amazing to see the humanoid robot run, jump, and sing. It was so cool when he spoke to your son in English. It was quite interesting to see how they developed the robots so they could do all those things, wasn't it? I'm personally quite touched by your feedback as I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even robots and Google Maps can do (not yet, anyway!). Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I was so touched that I put your Thank You card in the private memory book where I keep photos of my tours and my guests. Hope to see you again!

Michelle Michelle United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best four days in Tokyo with Toshi! ”

Toshi took us on a 4 day tour in Tokyo. She was amazing! Toshi is funny, knowledgeable, and full of energy. She showed us all of the areas we wanted to see, explained each place in great detail and took us to eat at the best food places. We had the best time with Toshi. We highly recommend her and her English is great! Amazing tour guide. Couldn’t be happier.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Michelle and Guy! It was a lot of fun taking you around Tokyo on our 4-day tour. We went to so many places and sampled a wide variety of food & drink! (Were you able to bring home any sake?) Highlights of the tour were Tsukiji Fish Market and Shinobazu pond. You were just in time to see the pond completely covered with the gloriously beautiful lotus flowers. It was a perfect photo opp with the temple in the background. So pretty! It was gratifying to see you enjoy (premium fatty part of the tuna) at the fish market. It melts in the mouth! Promise me you'll be back with your daughters. They'll surely enjoy their Tokyo adventure too!

Hanna Hanna United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Tour of Tokyo ”

Very flexible and open. Originally we already had a schedule but since we already covered some sites she was very flexible and accommodating to change and tried to solve all our problems.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Hanna! It was great to meet you and your family. You made a good choice in Odaiba. It's both family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. Perfect for your kids and your mom! It was hard to leave the pet shop, wasn't it? The sweet 2-month old puppies were calling your name! Did you enjoy exploring the digital art museum on your own? We were lucky to get tickets at the door. (They must have been leftovers from online sales.) I hope you can all make it back in either the spring or the fall. Both have its unique charms--cherry blossoms in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. Hope to see you again soon!

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