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Kita-Kamakura Wonders -Zen temples

5 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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This walking tour focuses on visiting temples in Kita-Kamakura area that is wrapped in the nature and old traditional atmosphere. Zen master priests were invited by the Kamakura Shogunate from the Southern Sung Dynasty in China to build the Zen temples here. We will visit Engaku-ji, Jyochi-ji, Meigetsu-in and Kencho-ji by walking.
Let's enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere together.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Takayasu.

  • Engaku-ji Temple:The Grand Bell and the Relic Hall are our national treasures. The dragon pained on the ceiling and the statue of the seated Buddha are great surprise.
  • The approach to Jyochi-ji Temple is covered with green mosses. You feel like you are walking in a highland while a fresh breeze is blowing.
  • Meigetsu-in:Famous for hydrangeas and autumn leaves, 'Round Window' in the sanctuary and the dry landscape garden.
  • Kencho-ji Temple: The ground bell, Juniper, the dragon on the ceiling, the beautifully decorated Kara-mon gate, the framed calligraphy and lots more.

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What to Expect

Engaku-ji was built to commemorate both the deaths of Mongolian and Japanese soldiers in 1282. The temple is also famous for its two national treasures: the “Grand Bell” cast in 1301 and the “Relic Hall” that is believed to hold Buddha’s tooth. The temple was sponsored by the 8th reagent Hojo Tokimune.

Take pictures at the impressive Jyochi-ji entrance. In the main hall you’ll see three worlds’ Buddhas, which are Amitabha, Sakyamuni and Maitreya representing the past, present and future respectively. There is a statue of Hotei, God of Happiness. Rub his belly to get energy and happiness.

At Meigetsu-in, you’ll smell the fresh green fragrance and beautiful blue flowers in early summer. In the fall you’ll enjoy the autumn leaves in the back garden (Entry costs an additional \500). The back yard will be open twice a year, in early summer and fall.

You’ll see 760-year-old juniper trees grown from seeds sown by a founder priest from the Sung Dynasty. The ground bell, our national treasure, is one of the 3 big bells in Kamakura. A dragon is painted on the ceiling of the lecture hall. The temple was sponsored by the 5th reagent of the Kamakura Shogunate, Hojo Tokiyori.

You can reach the historical heritages within one hour from Tokyo. I would like to help you experience the traditional customs and spend unforgettable moments in Kamakura.

Please make a reservation for my Kita-Kamakura Wonders visiting Zen temples.
I am looking forward to seeing in Kita-Kamakura.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point West Exit of JR Kita-kamakura station
Ending Point JR Kita-kamakura station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

Your own transportation fee to and from Kita-Kamakura.
Cost of admission to temples and the rear garden of Megetsu-in: Yen300-500/person(you and guide)
Lunch(you and guide)
Pick-up service is available at the extra charge. Pick-up service doesn't include my transportation cost from your hotel to Kita-Kamkaura.

Personal expenses.


Included: Guide fee

Not included: Transportation expenses.
No insurance coverage

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 ( 13 )
5.0 (13) Reviews
Very Good
Lorraine Lorraine United States ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Day tour of kamakara ”

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 Dennis United States ( Couple )
9 months ago

“ All good Tax was very knowledgeable ”

Great tour


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

Rosalie Rosalie Australia ( Family )
10 months ago

“ Highlight was seeing the wedding at the temple ”

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    

Haydee Haydee Argentina ( Couple )
10 months ago

“ Una muy buena elecci?n! ”

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

Jonathan Jonathan United States ( Couple )
10 months ago

“ 1 Day of Tokyo ”

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

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