Here are 10 tourist attractions. I will guide you to any of the below 6 places you like. Temples marked from A-1 to A-4 are near JR Kita-Kamakura Station. Spots of interest marked from B-5 to B-10 are accessible from JR Kamakura Station by walking, bus or tram. See the tips below and select 6 out of 10. If you have no idea where to visit, please feel free to ask me to tailor the trip for you.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Takayasu.
A-1 Engaku-ji is famous for its two national treasurers:the Grand Bell cast in 1301 and the Relic Hal that is believed to hold Buddha's tooth. The temple is internationally famous as a Zen temple. Zen meditaion is open to beginners including foreigners on Saturday afternoon. I have some interesting legends about the temple to tell you.
A-2 Take pictures at the impressive Jyochi-ji entrance. In the main hall you'll see three worlds' Buddhas representing the past, present and future. Rub the statue of Hotei or God of Happiness to get energy and happiness.
A-3 As you approach Meigetsu-in, you'll smelll the fresh green fragrance in the eraly summer. Visitors also take pictures of beautiful blue flowers.
In the fall you'll enjoy the autumn leaves in the back garden, which is open to the public twice a year(entry costs an additional ￥500).
A-4 At Kencho-ji Temple you see 700-year-old juniper trees grown form seeds sown by a founder priest from the Song Dynasty, a big bell, another national treasure and a dragon painted on the ceiling of the hall. Walking straight on the ground, you'll hit the statues of long-nosed goblins at the start of the hiking trail. The linear arrangement of buildings is peculiar to Zen religious complexes.
B-5 There are many spots of interest here! Walk on "Dankazura Approach", see the stump of the fallen big ginkgo tree of 1,000 years old, offer a prayer at the main hall, draw an oracle, write a votive tablet, look over the view of the downtown Kamakura and lots more. Yes, this is the must place to visit.
B-6 Jyomyo-ji is ranked 5th among Kamakura's 5 Great Zen Temples. The beauiful copper-roofed main hall comes into your sight. At Kisen-an, a tea ceremony house, a hostess will serve you a cup of 'Maccha', powdered green tea(700 to 1,000 yen). It's a great experience to sip "Maccha" while admiring the rock garden.
B-7 It is said, "Wind in the bamboo leaves makes a memorable sound." What a relief! A tomb cave will attract your attention. This is an artificial cave to house the gravestones in the Middle ages.
B-8 Komachi-dori street runs parallel wih Wakamiya Oji street or Dankazura Footway. Shops on the sreet are selling ice cream, crepe, fans,chapsticks with your name printed, Japanese towels and so on. The exciting street is always flooded with many people.
B-9 Take a great snapshot with 13-meter-tall Great Buddha in the background. The statue is hollow and you may go inside the statue for only a 20 yen donation. He has been sitting outside for more than 500 years. He was restored last year. He looks cool right after his face lift.
B-10 Hase-dera Temple is famous not only for its 9-meter-tall Goddess of Mercy, but its beautiful garden,magnificent view,revolving bookshelves, bell tower and cavern. Touch the God of Wealth having a magic mallet. You may be rich.
Transportation fares from and to your hotel. Your transportation fares in Kamakura and Kita-Kamakura. Your own admission to temples and shrines.
Optional admission(you and guide) to the museums in Hachiman-gu shrine
the rear garden in Meigetsu-in temple.
Kisen-an's Tea ceremony cost for you and guide(700-1000 yen per person) at Jyomyo-ji temple(optional)
Optional powdered green tea cost for you and guide(500yen per person) at Hokoku-ji temple
Lunch (you and guide)
Hotel pick up and drop off service are not included.
Pick up service is available at the extra charge.
No insurance coverage
During the holiday season, Kamakura is sometimes overcrowded with visitors.
No insurance coverage
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Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Takayasu was an excellent guide! His explanations were clear we, enjoyed the historical information he presented. He adjusted the day at our request, because of rain and our need to be at the airport for our return home. He made sure our bags were taken care of appropriately, walking us in to the counter . I would recommend him wholeheartedly !
Hi Lorraine, Thank you very much for your great words appreciating my guiding. It is a geat honor for me to have such warm review on my Kamakura tour. It was raining hard in the morning but it became sprinkling by the time we arrived at a shrine and temples. Therefore,we could visit more spots than I ecpected. I am glad to know you liked my explanation. Both of you were so eager to listen to my historical presentation. There are lots more spots in this ancient city. So please come again and I am happy to guide you.
Dennis, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments on my tour. I am very glad to know that you and Sandra enjoyed the traditional spots,shopping and food. You visited two of three ancient cities in Japan. I would like to show you around my home town. Kamakura which you have saved for the next visit. Please keep in touch. Takayasu
Takayasu was full of information about the area. He knew exactly where to go in the quickest time and fitted in a tea ceremony for us. We ran out of time to complete the tour. We would recommend Takayasu and his tour to anyone
Rosalie, thank you so much for your deep gratitude to me and my tour. I am happy to know that you enjoyed the wedding, tea ceremony and my talk, which is my utmost pleasure. I remember having Bento lunch to save our limited time. Please get in touch with me and set up another visit plan to Japan. Takayasu
Solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para el Sr, Takayama. Nos ayudo en nuestro primer dia en Tokio enseñándonos como viajar en los medios de transporte. Hicimos todo el recorrido contratado con muy buenas explicaciones y ajustándose a nuestro ritmo. Lo recomiendo si es q desean disfrutar del tour con una persona agradable, amable y divertida. Gracias Taka.
Haydee y Bob, Mucho Gracious! Thank you very much for electing me as your guide. I am very happy that both of you were satisfied with my showing around the typical Tokyo and stories and legends. I want to guide a nice couple like you, Haydee and Bob again next time you visit Japan. Takayasu
Takayasu was a fantastic guide! He was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. His English is really good and he goes at an excellent pace. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
HI Jonathan and Samantha, Thank you very much for your highest appreciation to my guiding. I also enjoyed having spent some time with you, a beatiful couple. I wish I had more time to show you around. I hope your belongings come back to you. Tak