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Kita-Kamakura Wonders -Zen temples

(8) Reviews
4h $ 141 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • 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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140.80 USD

Price up to 4 people
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Extras (optional)

extra person/adult (up to 8 persons).
$ 17.60
Extra person/child (aged 6 to 12).
$ 8.80
Pick up at major hotels in Tokyo. Hotels shoul be close to major staio....
$ 35.20

Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • 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.

Important

Included: Guide fee

Not included: Transportation expenses.
No insurance coverage

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.
Meeting Point
West Exit of JR Kita-kamakura station
Ending Point
JR Kita-kamakura station
Duration
4 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 8 )
Rosa Rosa United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Trip to Kamakura ”

The trip planning took a lot of time since we had only several hours that we could spend in Kamakura but we really wanted to see all the Temples and get a feel of this one of three great capitals of Japan. Takayasu was very attentive to details. Suggested several options for a trip. On the day of a trip he met us in hotel in Yokohama and we had a great time. Everything went exactly as planned, we accomplished entire itinerary. Takayasu took his time explaining us history of each Temple. I highly recommend Takayasu as a great guide and great human being, responsive to travelers needs and time limitations! Thanks Tak!

Takayasu:

Rosa, thank you very much for the highest appreciation by giving me the full score. You have surveyed our history and Kamakura. I also enjoyed telling you the legends and answering your questions. All of you are wonderful guests. I am extremely happy if you bring many pleasant memories back home and talk about them to your families and friends. Thank you again for your beautiful feedback!

Larry Larry United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Energetic, knowledgeable guide ”

Tak could not have packed more information and sights into our day. He provides answers to every question and interjects much into the history of the Kamakura area. He is extremely personal and very energetic but carefully watched to make sure the pace he was setting was the correct one. He provided detailed information on the transportation from our hotel in Tokyo to the meeting place in Kita-Kamakura.

Takayasu:

Hi Larry Thank you very much for the highest evaluation of my tour. All of you know or have surveyed our history and culture beforehand. You have a sincere desire to know many things in Japan. I had a very good time to show the sightseeing spots while answering and talking about a variety of topics. I would like to be of service to you when you're coming to Japan next time. Please keep in touch. Best regards, Tak

Elizabeth Elizabeth United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Excellent tour of Hase and Kamakura with Tak ”

Our guide Tak kept in close touch with us as we arrived Yokohama the day before typhoon trami was coming north into our area. On our tour day he met us at the Sheraton hotel Yokohama brought us by train first to Hase to see Hasedera temple and the Great Buddha then to Kamakura to walk the Dankazura footway to the Hachimangu shrine then to Engakuji zen shrine in kitakamakura where we stopped for macha green tea. He explained everything in very good English and was very personable and engaging. I highly recommend him!

Takayasu:

Dear Elizabeth Thank you very much for your highest evaluation and encouraging message. I was impressed by your knowledge about Japan and I am glad to know that you have enjoyed the tour to the full. I think I could introduce you the Japanese culture and tradition through my tour. When you have a chance to come back again, I am willing to be of service to you and your wonderful husband, Thomas. Best regards, Takayasu

Leslie Leslie United States ( Solo )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Great guide! ”

I would book another tour with Takayasu anytime! He was friendly, informative and very knowledgeable!!

diana Diana United States ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Kamakura woders by Takayasu ”

Takayasu is a wonderful guide: very knowledgeable, attentive, patient and intelligent. We learned a lot about the temples that we visited and about Shogun ate period. We spent almost 10 hours together and it was very enjoyable. I wish we could make another trip with Takayasu, but we are leaving for Kyoto. But definitely next time will book more trips with him

Takayasu:

Thank you very much for your highest praise on my Kamakura tour guide. I enjoyed the conversation and questions you and your friend raised. You are the wonderful guests,too. Yes, I would very much like to be of service to you in your next trip. I hope through my tour guide more and more foreign visitors know Japan and love my country. Takayasu

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