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Kamakura your way

(47) Reviews
6h $ 162 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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162.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 27.90
Early pick-up ( before 9:30).
$ 9.00
Extra hour service fee (after 7:00pm) per hour.
$ 18.00
Drop-off in central Tokyo.
$ 27.00
Additional guests (per head).
$ 9.00
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30, Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.00

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

Only walking tours and H1 hiking tour are conducted during GW period (April.27 to May 6) to avoid the heavy holiday crowd. Train fare (round trip from Tokyo) = approx. 2,000JPY

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 tour.
= 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
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide)
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 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 ( 47 )
Sharon Sharon United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Custom Tokyo tour ”

We had a wonderful day with TChan! She navigated the train and subway system for us so there no wasted time. She was very personable and knowledgeable about Toykyo and Japanese culture. She customized our visit for 62 year old woman with daughter in law and grandsons ages 10 and 12. We had a very memorable day and made a new friend. Thank you Toshi🌸💗

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sharon! We had a good start when we took in the wonderful view of Mt. Fuji from Odaiba. What did you think of the view of the 2020 Olympic venue from the train on our way to Toyosu? At Ueno Park, the cherry blossoms seemed to welcome us. So sweet! The photo you took of the cherry blossoms in full bloom with the shrine in the background is very Japonesque. It was great to see your grandchildren having fun at the Samurai Museum. The sword practice with the samurai master (sensei) will be seared into their memory for quite a while. I hope you can make it back here in the early summer to see the lotus flowers in Ueno Park. See you then!

Sandeep Sandeep Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Friendly and Help6 ”

We had a short time to go to many places. Having a local guide was very helpful. Toshi spent a lot of time even before the tour day to see we get good value for our limited time. She was also very patient and fun to be worth. And of course, showed us special spots that were a treat. Thank you Toshi-chan.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Sandeep! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. You raised a very well-behaved young man. The highlight of our tour was the Sensoji Temple night view in Asakusa. It looks like a jewel glowing in the night! I hope your photos came out well. The magical serene atmosphere was a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of daytime Tokyo, wasn't it? Please come back soon! How about enjoying the charms of Tokyo in a different season? Let's explore the area more!

Sanjay Sanjay United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Highlights of Tokyo ”

We had an enjoyable time with T-chan. She was pleasant and knowledgeable. She met us at our hotel both mornings and we proceeded to to see some of the key areas and sights of Tokyo. Overall she was a great guide.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sanjay! So glad to hear you had fun. I did enjoy our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to know you and your family liked yaki-soba and yaki-udon. Cooking okonomiyaki at the table was quite an interesting Japanese experience, wasn’t it? I am curious about which place you like better, Harajuku or Akihabara? Please come back, as Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Matane! (see ya in English)

Miranda Miranda United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Awesome Tour! ”

Toshi was an amazing tour guide! Not only did she take us to the places my kids and I wanted to visit in Harajuku, she also led us to shops and photo ops that we didn’t know about. We had a lot of fun and learned about the area as we experienced Tokyo with Toshi. Would definitely recommend booking her for your next visit!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Miranda! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots your daughters wanted. Purikura photos from the cute photo booths are particularly good souvenirs. You now have quite a collection of memories for your *******: the rainbow-colored cotton candy, the cosplayers (from the cosplay store), the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

Troy Troy Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide - recommend highly ”

Our family of four spent a six hour day with Toshi in Edoshima and Kamakura. The day was excellent, and Toshi was a wonderful guide. She is a lovely person, with a great deal of knowledge and a friendly open style. We have already recommended her tours to personal friends, and will continue to do so for anyone we know visiting Tokyo and area. Thank you, Toshi - our day with you was a highlight for our trip!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Troy! It was fun for me too! The Mt. Fuji view over the Pacific Ocean from Enoshima was quite breathtaking, wasn't it? Winter is a good season to stroll around the area as there are no crowds – no queues! It turned out to be a foodie tour, too. We had sushi, seafood BBQ, purple potato ice cream, karaage (fried chicken), manju (traditional dumpling), etc. It was fun to see your family enjoying the local delicacies. Please come back soon. There is an even wider variety of food in other seasons. Let's sample them together!

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