8h $ 229 up to 5 people
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Kamakura "Zen Culture" Finding Tour

by Hiro
(6) Reviews
8h $ 229 up to 5 people

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.
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Escorting you to your hotel in Yokohama area is available at extra cha....
$ 8.80

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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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.

Important

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

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 5   Flexible
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

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Hiro


National Certified Guide

(6) Reviews

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Response Time 17 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, my dear would-be guests! My name is Hiroko Yamasaki. People call me Hiro for short. I am a government licensed guide. Here I am to make your time in a tour full of fun and provide you an unforgettable travel experience of your life. I grew up and live in Yokohama that is adjacent to Tokyo. After many years of several English-related job experiences, such as translating, teaching, desk work, etc., I finally found this job, tour guide, which is a perfect fit for my true nature. I love meeting people, having fun with people, and am always looking for something interesting wanting to share it with people. How about spending a part of your precious time here in Japan with this cheerful, friendly and well-informed tour guide, Hiro? read more


Reviews ( 6 )

4 months ago |   by Katherine

“ 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.

6 months ago |   by Saras

“ 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!

10 months ago |   by Barry

“ 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.

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