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Kamakura "Zen Culture" Finding Tour


Kamakura
8 Hours
up to 5 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiro.

  • Engaku-ji Temple: One of the biggest Zen temples in Kamakura. There are many old and important structures placed in the huge precinct.

  • Tokei-ji Temple : Known as a flower temple. A Zen temple that kept giving a helping hand to unhappy women in the long history.

  • Hokoku-ji Temple: Famous for its bamboo garden. It also has a typical Zen garden.

  • Jomyo-ji Temple: A quiet Zen temple. If you like, you can have a teatime in a style of Japanese tea ceremony enjoying a view of Zen garden.

  • Sugimoto-dera Temple: The oldest temple in Kamakura. One of my most favorite temples. You can make face-to-face meeting with various Buddhist statues in the old main building just as ancient people did long long time ago.

  • Hachiman-gu Shrine : Kamakura's iconic tourist's destination. More than 800 years ago, this place was the center of the samurai government.

  • Komachi-dori Shopping Street: The street leads you to Kamakura St. where you get on a train to go back.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at JR Kita-kamakura Station or at Your Hotel
Ending Point at JR Kamakura Station or at Your Hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

*guide fee
*transportation fee for your guide

What‘s not included

*your transportation fee

★In case you come from Tokyo area, one-way railway ticket from Tokyo to Kamakura costs you about 1000 yen/ adult.
★In addition, after arriving at Kamakura, the following transportation fee is required.
To Engaku-ji Temple and Tokei-ji Temple: It requires a 5-minute ride on a JR train from Kita-Kamakura to Kamakura that costs you 130 yen. One way will do.
To Hokoku-ji, Jomyo-ji, and Sugimoto-dera Temple: It requires a 10-minute ride on a bus. The round trip from/to Kamakura St. costs you 400/ adult.

*entrance fee
Engaku-ji Temple---300 yen / adult
Tokei-ji Temple---200 yen / adult, Tokei-ji museum----400 yen / adult
Hokoku-ji Temple---200 yen / adult
Jomyo-ji Temple---200 yen / adult
Sugimoto-dera Temple---200 yen / adult
Hachiman-gu Shrine: No entrance fee is necessary.

●total transportation fee in Kamakura: 530 yen / person
●total entrance fee: 1500 yen / person

*any meals

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

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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Reviews ( 11 )
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Victoria Victoria United States ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Kamakura Tour ”

Hiro was amazing!! My husband, in-laws, and I did a Christmas Eve tour with Hiro in Kamakura and she absolutely made our day so special. So sweet and an absolute pleasure to be with. She had great information, recommendations & stories that really made our trip unforgettable. We would have only gotten 1/10 of the experience & driven ourselves crazy trying to figure out how to get to all the places we wanted to see. Did you know you could go inside Kōtoku-in?? We didn't and I dont think we would have figured it out without Hiro there to guide us. She even took us to an awesome lunch spot that we would never have found ourselves. I recommend Hiro to anyone visiting Kamakura!! Also, Hiro made us realize just how much a guide can improve the experience, so because of how awesome she was, ri... read more

Hiro:

Hello, Victoria! Thank you very much for the wonderful review and the message on the Kamakura tour. I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed the day. I am not a Christian, though, I also had an unforgettable Christmas Eve that I’d never had before, because I was with you all, the wonderful family. You all are so nice, and it's really nice to know you respect each other. I was so impressed when I was able to know your deep respect to this country’s culture as well. Thank you very much for your great interest and listening to my talks. You are such a happy family, and on that day, I was the happiest guide in Japan. Thanks again! Hiro

Michael Michael Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ 1/2 day in Kamakura ”

We had a great time , Hiro had an amazing amount of local knowledge.

Hiro:

Michael, thank you very much for the nice review and your comment. It's a lot of fun talking with you three. You all are such wonderful people with a sense of humor in addition to courteous manners. Also what you talked to me interested me a lot. I really had a great time, too. It would be great happiness, if you'd remember me when you come to Japan again. Thank you very much, again. Take care! Hiro

Rosalila Rosalila United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Hiro was the best. Took me to peaceful places, explained history and was very patient. ”

Hiro is a knowledgeable guide. Knew exactly what I was looking for to enjoy in Kamakura. Very pleasant person and excellent communication skills.

Ariana Ariana Romania ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Hiro did a great job - highly recommended! ”

Our day with Hiro went really well, form start to finish. She came to meet us at our hotel in Tokyo and took great care of every detail of the trip - even brought maps of Tokyo station to help us not get lost on our way back from Kamakura. The itinerary was well organized to include main Kamakura highlights, the information provided was detailed and well researched, the lunch reservation exquisite - we sat in a very good traditional restaurant where Hiro explained a lot about Japanese food and traditions. At the end of the day, she saw us off at Kamakura station, making sure we got on the right train back to Tokyo. She is a caring and thoughtful person, highly educated, with artistic hobbies and skills - a perfect travel companion!

Hiro:

Hello, Ariana! It was really nice meeting you and thank you very much for your wonderful comments for the day in Kamakura with me. I’m more than happy if I was able to help you have one of the greatest days in Japan. Also I feel really grateful for letting me join your family’s quality time. I was lucky being with such well-informed and smart travelers as you, and I enjoyed every single minute talking with you, since you’ve got interested in many things. Thank you for your interests in Japan and its culture. I hope this trip will keep you cherishing the fond memories of your family and having Japan as one of the countries that you love. Thanks again, Ariana, and please convey my best regards to your husband and son! Cheers! Hiro

Jason Jason United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Kamakura Full Day Trip ”

Hiro was an excellent, very efficient and knowledgeable guide for our day trip to Kamakura. While the sights were beautiful the background history she provided really added to the experience. Hiro was very accommodating with our requests and patient with all our questions. We had nice detour to a local coffee shop (unplanned) and enjoyed a nice relaxing drink. Hiro was very flexible with us throughout the day. We would recommend Hiro to any person interested in taking a tour of Kamakura. Thank you Hiro! We hope to see you again someday!

Hiro:

Thank you very much, Jason. How nice of you to send the kind words. I really enjoyed the tour in Kamakura with you. You all turned out to be good walkers, so I might have made you tired at the end of the day. I really hope you've been fine from the following day. You were so vigorous that it was very happy for me to talk about many things with the active travelers like you three. Let me take you to Enoshima Island next time! Thanks a lot, again. Please convey my deep gratitude to Caitlin and Matt as well for me. Cheers! Hiro

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