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Kamakura your way

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6h $ 158 Price up to 10 people

Highlights

  • This is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone. *NO PEAK SEASON PREMIUM for this tour.
  • 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 entrance fee, 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 entrance fee)
  • W2: Hase dera temple - Japanese garden, statues of Buddha, a unique cave shrine. (1hr = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • 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)
  • N1: Engaku-ji (zen temple) - Both the temple bell and Shari-den hall are national treasures. (1hr = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • N2: Jouchi-ji temple - small rustic temple with Amida, Shaka and Miroku Buddha.(30 min = 200 JPY entrance fee)
  • N3: Kencho-ji (zen temple) - zen meditation on Friday & Saturday evenings (1hr = 500 JPY entrance fee)
  • N4: Meigetsuin temple - Popular for seasonal flowers and fall foliage (30 min = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • N5: Zen vegetarian lunch (2500 JPY and above, advance booking required)
  • H1: 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, train fare)
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158.40 USD

Price up to 10 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 27.28
Early pick-up ( before 9:30).
$ 8.80
Late night (after 7:00pm).
$ 17.60
Drop-off in central Tokyo.
$ 26.40
Additional guests (per head).
$ 8.80

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 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. *NO PEAK SEASON PREMIUM for this tour.
  • 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 entrance fee, 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 entrance fee)
  • W2: Hase dera temple - Japanese garden, statues of Buddha, a unique cave shrine. (1hr = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • 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)
  • N1: Engaku-ji (zen temple) - Both the temple bell and Shari-den hall are national treasures. (1hr = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • N2: Jouchi-ji temple - small rustic temple with Amida, Shaka and Miroku Buddha.(30 min = 200 JPY entrance fee)
  • N3: Kencho-ji (zen temple) - zen meditation on Friday & Saturday evenings (1hr = 500 JPY entrance fee)
  • N4: Meigetsuin temple - Popular for seasonal flowers and fall foliage (30 min = 300 JPY entrance fee)
  • N5: Zen vegetarian lunch (2500 JPY and above, advance booking required)
  • H1: 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, train fare)

Important

Please contact the possible dates for zen meditation.

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo and Yokohama.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom booking.
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.

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.
The area is crowded on weekends, holidays, and the peak season (for cherry blossoms & fall foliage).

What‘s included
Guide fee
Hotel pick-up in central Tokyo or Yokohama
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide: around 2000JPY =round trip from Tokyo / person)
Lunch / dinner (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 10 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 )
nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ T-chan was just what we needed to see the sights of Tokyo ”

My husband and I booked a four-hour tour with T-chan. She worked with me in advance of our arrival to determine what sights we wanted to see and was super easy to work with. Her English is excellent and there were no issues with communication. She met us at our hotel and we walked to the subway station. This was planned out and I believe she will accommodate to individual requests. She showed us how to buy subway cards and how to recharge them, etc. It was so nice to just follow her and not worry about getting lost. She took special consideration to our needs and was really a perfect host. She answered all of my random questions and was very easy to talk to. We had a lot of fun and we recommend her to anyone looking to book a guide in the area. We will 100% book T-chan again for our next t... read more

Sandra Sandra United States ( Friends )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Enjoyable day in Yokohama ”

Toshi met us at the cruise terminal for our 4 hour tour. We walked a lot along the area near the ship. She adjusted the itinerary per our request and took us to a traditional Japanese dance competition. We then set about 2 hours in Chinatown where we had lunch and walked the streets stopping at one temple. On our way back to the ship we walked through a pretty gardens. Her English is excellent.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you for the kind review, Sandi! It was indeed an enjoyable day! So what do you think of the Yosakoi dance? Wasn't it grand? Who would have thought traditional folk dance could mix well with rock’n roll? Can you remember the clothes of each of the dance teams? They wore their own distinctive modern Kimono. Next time, let’s explore Yokohama Sankeien garden together! It is like an antique architectural themed park. You would love it! Hope to see you again!

debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A perfect guide to show us Tokyo ”

T-Chan (Toshi) was so knowledgeable and professional ... Even before we arrived in Tokyo she answered our questions and helped us create an itinerary perfectly suited to our interests. Once we arrived, she was so accommodating - and her kind, generous personality made the trip even more fun. My highest recommendation !

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Debbie! It was lovely to meet all of you. We, girls, had a great time shopping at Asakusa. Two hours was not enough to see all the stores there. It was good to see your husband having fun "fighting" against the sword master at the Samurai Museum. On a different note, I hope your father's book (which you co-wrote) is well-received in Japan!

sherrie Sherrie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Had a fantastic trip in Tokyo with Toshi!! Great Guide! ”

Great guide. Knows subways and can find elevators/escalators when available since I have a bum knee. Very knowledgeable about sites and restaurants. She is on time and communicates. Cant go wrong.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Sherrie! I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you! The view from Tokyo Skytree was made more breathtaking by the clear skies. It gave us a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji's perfect cone! I was happy to see your photographer husband taking photo after photo in Odaiba. The many unique buildings by the Tokyo bayside were a sight to see, weren't they? It's an even richer experience in the spring. Temple and shrine grounds are reanimated with cherry blossoms in full bloom! It would be another wonderful photo opportunity for you and your husband. Hope to see you again soon!

Patricia Patricia Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Once in a lifetime experience ”

Toshi’s tour was amazing! Not only did her tour give my family and I an excellent understanding of Tokyo and the Japanese culture, but it also gave us extensive knowledge on the Imperial Palace, Harajuku and Shinbuya districts. I would suggest that you book Toshi at the beginning of your holiday as she really helped up navigate around Tokyo and arrange “must sees” for our trip. Truly a once in a lifetime experience that we will Never forget! Thank you 🙏🏻

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Trish and Simon! I had a wonderful time with you, too! Wasn't Harajuku fun, particularly for your two teenage daughters? There are so many shops and animal cafes to check out. It was so hard to leave the puppies behind! So sweet and tiny! The Shibuya crossing was a sight to behold, wasn't it? Being one of the thousands of people making the crossing was quite an experience! WHEW!!!! Please keep in touch. Hope to see you again sometime soon!

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