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Kamakura "Zen Culture" Finding Tour

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


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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What to Expect

Do you know a Japanese word, "Bushido" or samurai spirit? Its origin was in Kamakura. About 800 years ago, Kamakura was the capital of Japan. The leader of samurai warriors (Shogun) established samurai's domination over the country putting an end to the previous aristocracy in Kyoto, and Kamakura became the center of the first samurai military government. Samurai warriors were totally different creatures from the aristocrats. Having their main workplace in battlefields, the warriors were those who never had a fear of death. They didn't cling to life. They willingly devoted their lives to their jobs. How come they could get that extreme mindset? The secret was Zen Buddhism. It was the basics of Bushido. Zen was widely received in the Kamakura Period and deeply influenced the entire Japanese culture eventually. Let's find Zen culture through visiting iconic Zen temples, Zen gardens, and experiencing Japanese distinctive beauty of so-called Wabi and Sabi world in this ancient capital city.

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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 date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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 ( 10 )
4.8 (10) Reviews
Very Good
Michael Michael Australia ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ 1/2 day in Kamakura ”

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


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 )
3 months 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 )
6 months 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!


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 )
1 year 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!


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

Alessandro Alessandro United States ( Couple )
2 years ago

“ A day in Kamakurra ”

She was outstanding! Spoke great English and was extremely attentive throughout the day - especially because we were travelling with a 1 year old baby. We used 5 different guides during our trip throughout Japan and we considered Hiro to be the best one of the group in terms of not only knowledge but also making sure we visited the sites we requested in the custom tour.


Thank you very much for your nice comments! Your review gives me great encouragement. I enjoyed every moment of the day being with you, your wife, and your lovely princess.(I was so crazy about the cute little angel!) I will treasure your words and this experience as the happiest guide in the world. Thanks again, and I hope the travel leaves you full of pleasant memories of the family.

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