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Highlights

  •   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.

Information

City Kamakura
Depart From Kamakura , Tokyo, Yokohama
Meeting Point at JR Kita-kamakura Station or at Your Hotel
Ending Point at JR Kamakura Station or at Your Hotel
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 8h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5
Booking
8h
When?

People

234.00 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Meeting you at your hotel in the central Tokyo area is available at extra charge.. 18.00 USD
Meeting you at your hotel in Yokohama area is available at extra charge.. 9.00 USD
Escorting you to your hotel in the central Tokyo area is available at extra charge.. 18.00 USD
Escorting you to your hotel in Yokohama area is available at extra charge.. 9.00 USD

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.


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

Extras (optional)

Meeting you at your hotel in the central Tokyo area is available at extra charge.. 18.00 USD
Meeting you at your hotel in Yokohama area is available at extra charge.. 9.00 USD
Escorting you to your hotel in the central Tokyo area is available at extra charge.. 18.00 USD
Escorting you to your hotel in Yokohama area is available at extra charge.. 9.00 USD

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Reviews

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Katherine
2 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: Australia

“ Zenning out in Kamakura ”

What a wonderful way to see Kamakura! Hiro was so knowledgeable and organised. She arranged the best lunch we had on our entire Japan trip. It was the little personal touches during the day which made it a great day out. Highly recommend her tour. Thanks so much Hiro.

Hiro:
Thank you very much for your favorable review ! It was great pleasure being with you sharing every moment of fun or tranquility in this ancient capital. Also I really appreciate your friendliness. In particular, I was impressed that you never minded the odd interviews from the student reporters who were tackling with their English assignments during their school excursions. You made my day, too. Thanks a lot!

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Spencer
1 month ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Kamakura for a day ”

Since we were unfamiliar with the transportation in Tokyo we asked her to meet us at her hotel. She accompanied us on the train and when we arrived in Kamakura gave us a day filled with great experiences. She was very aware of our abilities, we were in our late 60s and early 70s. She was caring, informative and have us a wonderful day.

Hiro:
It was really nice meeting you, Spencer! Thank you very much for your favorable comment. Since you all are so nice and friendly people, I really enjoyed being with you. Come to think of it, you walked a lot, didn’t you? You all are good walkers! I hope Kamakura will be a place that’s worth remembering for you. Thanks a lot.

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Saras
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ A Day in Kamakura with super-Hiro ”

Hiro took our family of 5 on a tour of Kamakura. We actually rented a car and driver since it was quite rainy. As a result, the travel to Kamakura was very pleasant, and Hiro was able to give us a lot of info about samurai culture en route. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Engaku-ji, as well as the specially chosen restaurant to suit our dietary restrictions. Hiro was great and really helped us enjoy our visit to the capital of Samurai culture!

Hiro:
Thank you very much for sending your review, and I really appreciate your nice comments. It was my great pleasure to have a trip to Kamakura with such a happy family. Thank you for letting me join in your nice family. The weather was not good that day, but I'd be more than happy if you enjoyed the day in Kamakura. I believe your brilliant children who listened to my story with great interest will become respectable grown-ups. Please convey my best regards to your husband and the kids. Thank you again!

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Barry
6 months ago , ( Family ) , From: New Zealand

“ Kamakura guided tour ”

Hiro was our guide for the day. She was brilliant. As we were first timers in Japan she met us at out Tokyo hotel and helped navigate rush hour through the station. She worked up a day that suited us including a great lunch at a small family restaurant and traditional tea house. Thank you Hiro.

Hiro:
Thank you very much for the review. What a wonderful family you have! I enjoyed every moment being with you all. I hope the one of your autumn days in my favorite city Kamakura will be an unforgettable pleasant memory of your family trip. Thanks a lot again!

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