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My favorite Kamakura!


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

I've been a guide of Kamakura for a long time, having noticed that the nature adds an extra tastes to the peaceful atomosphere of temples and shrines in Kamakura. Plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, azalea, hydrangea, roses, crape myrtles, colored leaves, moss, etc and Mt. Fuji! Let me choose some best spots by the time of the year!! Green tea and 'Masamune' swordsmith is included in this tour too.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Eiko.

  • Enkaku-ji Temple ( The second ranking out of the five most important temples )
  • Hokoku-ji Temple ( A bamboo grove and moss )
  • Sugimoto Temple ( The oldest temple in Kamakura)
  • Tea Master's house to experience the Tea Ceremony
  • A work place of 'Masamune' swordsmith
  • Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine and the approach ( Water lily and cherry blossoms )
  • Kotokuin Temple (The Great Buddha Statue is a national treasure)
  • Hase Temple ( colore foreage and hydrangea )
  • Myohon-ji Temple ( moss )
  • Kenchoji Temple, Houkaiji Temple ( plum blossoms)
  • Anyou-in Temple ( azarea )
  • Former Kacyo-no-Miya residence and Kamakura Bungaku Kan ( roses )

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What to Expect

Just visiting temples and shrines on the guide book is not the best way to enjoy Kamakura. You may think that the trip wiht an experienced local guide can add something more to your trip and make it a fully enjoyable one. Please allow me to decide where to visit based on the time of the year!! I would like to show you the most beautiful spots in each season. Of course I won't miss the popular must see spots such as ; The Great Buddha, the Bamboo temple and the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine. Plus, I put two places where you can enjoy the genuin Japanese culture; a Tea Master's house and a work place of 'Masamune' swordsmith!! Let's enjoy Kamakura together!!
If you are interested in calligraphy lesson instead of just visiting temples, it is also possible!! Please let me know!!

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Kamakura station Outside the East Exit (*hotel pick up is also available with extra fee)
Ending Point 1.JR Kamakura station or the most convenient train station in Kamakura/Fujisawa area

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, guide's entrance fee(*not all)

What‘s not included

transportation fee(you and guide)
*hotel pick up fee
Total entrance fee of the temples(you) approx. 1000yen,
Lunch(you and guide)
Tea Ceremony — A bowl of green tea with Japanese confectionary ¥1000 or 600(your choice). They have other options.
*Option: Calligraphy lesson — ¥3000(a solo or couple) (including materials) or ¥1000/person plus materials of ¥500/group.

Important

*The tour basically uses the public transportation such as the Enoden Line and buses. (*Please note that a short ride of a taxi may be used in case of the traffic situation.)
*In case of heavy rain, it is possible to reduce the numbers of temples to visit, and add a calligraphy lesson instead. (1,000yen/person )

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

Our children don't drink green tea. Is that okay for them to stay with us at the Tea place?

Of course, yes. Please enjoy the ceremony together. They also have other menue such as shaved ice if you would like to.

How long does a calligraphy lesson last?

It takes about 45 minutes for a family of 3 or 4 members. But it is up to you and the number of your group.

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 ( 41 )
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Budi Budi Indonesia ( Family )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ A sunny day in Tokyo with a sunny guide ? ”

We spent a wonderful 6 hours with Eiko-san, a very knowledgeable and professional tour guide. She was excellent in arranging the itinerary so that we were able to cover as much as possible in such a short time, but at the same time she was also flexible in accommodating our interest and physical condition (my husband just had a surgery few days before the trip and was not able to walk as fast as he used to). We visited Tokyo Sky Tree (it was good that we started our day tour here because the morning queue line was still short), then Akihabara animae and electronic center (a must see for millenials! 😃), and a lunch break at an excellent Vegetarian Ramen in Harajuku area (didn't think Vegan dish could be that tasty!). After lunch we went to Meiji Shrine (beautiful tranquil place, not to be ... read more

Eiko:

Hi Budi and her family!! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!! I was lucky to have such a blessed guests like you. It’s been so nice weather since you have arrived. Even if it rained or blew heavy wind at night, the very next morning it stopped and the sky became so blue! Thank you for bringing the nice weather!! And I felt very comfortable being with you throughout the tour because you treated me very nicely and showed your interests to my guiding each time. I really appreciate it. Your son is also very nice! I was happy to know him likes Japanese animation! I felt really close to him and all of you to know that you’ve watched many Japanese animation programs such as Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon, etc!! Today’s weather was also very nice and I’m sure you had a good time at Mt. F... read more

Asha Asha Canada ( Solo )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Tokyo Highlights ”

I thoroughly enjoyed my day your of the highlights of Tokyo with Eiko! It was the first day of my trip and was a great start for my adventure. Eiko was very flexible with the schedule and provided on the go suggestions. She gave insights into Japanese culture and an introduction on who to navigating the city's transportation. She was very nice to spend the day with.

Eiko:

Hi Asha, Thank you for the review. Your tour day was on Monday and almost all the museums and Japanese gardens plus Kabukiza were closed. Therefore, prior to the tour, we discussed the spots to substitute them. I suggested Tokyo Skytree and you agreed to go there. But on the tour day, you changed your mind because of the entrance fee.. It was a nice sunny day and there was a high possibility to view Mt. Fuji. So I took you to Tokyo metropolitan government office to visit their observatory. However there was a very long waiting line and forced us to give it up.. Im sorry if these were the reasons that you couldn’t fully enjoy.. I really hope you come back to Tokyo again in the future!! Eiko

Jason Jason United Kingdom ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Brilliant. I had a really enjoyable day ”

I was in town on my own for the day with business, and Eiko (rhymes with Seiko) toured me around Tokyo for a good 8 hours of walking / public transport. A shrine, a temple, a museum, lunch, electronics shopping, the fish market, and many other places. She tailored the tour to my interests and was a joy to spend time with. Thanks again Eiko. - Jason

Eiko:

Hi Jason, it’s very nice to hear from you! I hope your flight back home was a comfortable one. Thank you very much for the wonderful review! It made me a big smile. :-) We did/saw many things together, more than I was expecting because I believed you have brought all the fortune! We encountered the special event related to the accession of Japan’s new emperor and signed the book at Meiji shrine, scooped nearly 30 goldfish all together, Maidreamn, New Magnet observatory, etc! And you have told me the mutual things between England and Japan. Thank you for all the information! I definitely would like you to come back to Japan with your family in the near future! Take care and see you again soon! Eiko

Pete Pete Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great guide ”

What a pleasure it was to have Eiko. Absolutely lovely lady that made our tour very special. When I come back to Tokyo, I would definitely use Eiko as our guide. You can’t go wrong with her. 👏👏👍👍

Eiko:

Hi Pete, Your review made me so pleased. Thank you very much!! On the day of our tour, it was raining so hard and we needed to change our itinerary a little but I am glad to know that you had a good time. It was very special to sit and see Kabuki together, visit the replica food shop, draw a fortune telling paper etc! Moreover we talked a LOT. :-) South Africa team won today and I’m happy for you! Let’s cross our fingers! Lastly, please keep on your pleasant journey. And see you again soon! Take care, Eiko

Melanie Melanie Germany ( Solo )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Such a great day! ”

Eiko and I spent one wonderful day in Kamakura, visiting temples and a shrine, eating local food and taking part in a tea ceremony. It was such a great experience, my only regret is not having had more time. If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable guide who speaks English perfectly, I recommend booking Eiko.

Eiko:

Hi Melanie, Thank you very much for your precious time to write a review! And I am glad to know you enjoyd the Kamakura tour. It was more like a trip with my long time friend because of your thoughtful attitude. We talked many things. You always listened to my explanation with interests but also shared many things including the Hindu Buddhism. And yes, if we had had more time, we could have visited at least one or two more temples. But let's save it for later! Please keep studying Japanese and come back to Kamakura with your husband! I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!! Wishing you continue your pleasant journey in Japan !! Eiko

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