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Kamakura your way

(69) Reviews
6h $ 177 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • 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 = 200 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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176.70 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional guests (per head).
$ 9.30
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30, Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.60
Early pick-up ( before9:30AM) per hour.
$ 9.30
Extra hour service.
$ 29.76
Extra hour service fee (after 7:00pm) per hour.
$ 18.60
Drop-off in central Tokyo.
$ 27.90

Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • 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 = 200 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

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
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= 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) as it gives guests a better feel for the city. It's the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Yes! You heard that right. Public transportation IS the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Experience the clean and highly-efficient Tokyo public transportation system!

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.

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.
Depart From
Kamakura
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
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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 ( 69 )
Hanna Hanna United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
4 days 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!

Colleen Colleen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Book Toshi ASAP for your trip to Tokyo ”

Toshi met me at my hotel (where she was early) and we sat to plan the day. She presented me with maps (to keep) and off we went. She was exactly what I was looking for in a guide. She was very knowledgeable and pointed out details that I would have missed like why there are fish on top of the Imperial Palace buildings to which store Lady GaGa bought a costume from and how to correctly cleanse and bow at the temples. We crammed in a ton and she even worked longer than our scheduled tour to make sure I made it back to the hotel. I wish I had booked Toshi for my entire stay, she was fantastic.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Colleen! I'm humbled by your glowing review. It was quite an enjoyable day for me too! We managed to see both the traditional and edgy parts of Tokyo in 4 hours. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was so serene, we could hardly believed we were in the center of Tokyo! In Harajuku, the high-tech sushi train was a lot of fun even for us grownups, wasn’t it? The chirping sound the iPad (which takes orders) gave off was a surprise. The sushi we ordered arrived via shinkansen (bullet train). So cute! Please come back soon! Let's explore the area more! Each season brings something different to Tokyo! Hope to see you soon!

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

“ Best tour guide we ever had ”

My family of 4 really enjoyed T-chan as our tour guide in Tokyo. Being this was our first trip to Tokyo, we wanted to make sure we had the best experience and T-chan really made sure of that. She went above and beyond for us. Explaining the history of each place as we went through. She was very informative and easy to understand. In addition she was very accommodating to our needs. Thank you T-chan for the best tour we ever had, we definitely will come back to Tokyo and request for you again.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Jacob! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. Lucky you! We could catch a glimpse of a wedding in Meiji-jingu shrine. It's a rare sight to see on weekdays. Then we enjoyed window shopping in Harajuku. So many unique stores to check out! Don’t you think so? Everything looks so colorful and cute! Who would have thought such decorative and cute ice creams are available there? What do you think about the chicken-mango and unicorn-mint shape ice creams taste like? It's picture perfect, right? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!

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

“ Perfect Tokyo experience ”

Tchan was the perfect guide for our family. Warm, kind, and informative, T-chan both took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have visited, and gave us an insiders view of those places that are frequented by tourists. Her restaurant selection both days made the experience even more memorable and her ability to communicate her deep knowledge of the tradition and culture of each place we visited helped our kids grasp the significance of this opportunity.

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Paul! (Thank you) So glad to hear you enjoyed our two-day tour. It’ fun to walk around Kagurazaka, wasn’t it? The amazing parts were the preserved traditional wooden houses and establishments in narrow back alleys. And who would think we would find a gem – a classic Japanese restaurant, at the narrow end of one of the alleys there. The guest room that we were ushered into was unexpectedly beautiful because of its decorative alcove. The whole place was undoubtedly Japanese, thanks to the female staff in Kimono, wasn’t it? Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Matane! (Hope to see you again!)

Theodros Theodros United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very friendly guide ”

Toshi was always on time for our meeting. She asked us what we wanted to do and made good suggestions. She was always responsible and accomodated my mother's needs.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Theodros and Fantaye! The weather was indeed very cooperative on our tour dates. We were quite lucky to see the traditional festival (Sanja Festival) and portable shrine parades in Asakusa. We had so much fun shopping! Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together (on a different season perhaps?). Hope to see you again!

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