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Tokei-ji; Michelin 3 Star Temple - Exploring Zen temples and history in Kita-Kamakura


Kamakura
5 hours
up to 15 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

There are historically important and famous Zen temples such as Kencho-ji and Engaku-ji in Kita-Kamakura. Among them, Tokei-ji was so unique that it was one of the first nunneries in Japan and obtained an extraterritorial right for a woman to divorce, which was almost impossible at that time. Let’s explore science of mind in Zen Temples!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Macky.

  • Engaku-ji Temple to see a typical Zen temple layout and the National Treasure of old Temple Bell
  • Tokai-ji Temple to explore its unique presence as a nunnery and its history as a Zen Temple
  • Kencho-ji Temple to experience science of mind in Zazen meditation while visiting monastery and place for sermon.

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What to Expect

Visiting 3 Zen temples, you may realize Buddhism is faraway from a Western definition of religion but it is closer to science of mind. To know the concept of Buddhist teachings seems to be very important to understand Japanese mentality and behavior. You will know the history of 3 temples and reasons why they were built in Kamakura era, which was started in 1192 as the first samurai administrative organization in Japan.
In Engaku-ji, there is video showing how severely Zen monks are trained in order to improve mental strength to reach an enlightenment stage.
You will experience the importance of calm and tranquil mind while watching the pond in Zen garden from the veranda of Hojo.
In Kencho-ji, you may try how to sit for Zazen, sitting meditation at Hojo, after visiting to see sculptures and paintings in the series of temple structures.
"YAGURA" is a short of burial cave, which was the same as grave and peculiar in the Kamakura region. You will find special tomb stones there.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or any place would be okay.
Ending Point At Kamakura Station or at your hotel. Ending point can be determined at your convenience.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee and Hotel pick-up in Yokohama City

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (for yourselves and your guide), Example: Tokyo - Kita-Kamakura = ¥ 800 per person
Entrance fees (Engaru-ji = ¥ 300, Tokei-ji = ¥ 300 Kencho-ji = ¥ 500),
Lunch (for yourselves and your guide)

Important

Fees for transportation, admission and lunch for the group (including the guide) during the tour will be paid by the customer.

Travel fees from my house to the venues will be additionally charged. The followings are rough estimations: Yokohama: 1,000 JPY, Kamakura; 1,100 JPY, Hakone; 3,000 JPY, Mount Fuji: 9,000 JPY, Nikko: 8,000 JPY
Shizuoka: 11,000 JPY (If the tour starts before 9:00, another 7,000 JPY is reqired for an accomodation as the guide have to go to Shizuoka one day before.)

You will know the histories of these temples including their founders. There are some National Treasures which can be seen during the tour.
You will also determine who spread Zen Buddhism to overseas during Meiji era, which was started in 1868.
You may find major difference between religions spreading in the Western world and the Buddhism as the science of mind through the experiences during the visit.

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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Michelle Michelle United States ( Solo )
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3 months ago

“ Awesome day around Mt Fuji ”

Macky took me to multiple places around Mt Fuji I would have never know about. Several great views of Mt Fuji from the various stops. He was very kind and informative. I can't imagine how I could have made the day any better!

Aubrey Aubrey United States ( Family )
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1 year ago

“ Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, flexible, accommodating, and fun! ”

Our day with Macky was excellent. In every way, Macky delivered. We had a full itinerary planned, and even with a last minute request to change one of our stops from a bike ride to a winery visit, Macky was able to accommodate. If you are looking for a guide that will find a way to squeeze in all that you want to do within a short time frame without sacrificing the integrity of your trip, Macky is your guide. Prior to our tour, Macky sent us a detailed itinerary down to the hour (while also allowing for flexibility). He really listened to what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish in one day and he made it all happen. Macky is a great tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about Japan who will work with your requests and make sure your day/tour is time extremely well-spent. Thank... read more

Macky:

Dear Aubrey, It was really pleasure to have you guided the areas where you can see Mt. Fuji. Thank you very much for rating your high evaluation to my guide. I really appreciated your comments. I will work hard to make my guests more enjoyable in my guided tour in the future. I hope you have enjoyed tours in Tokyo and return to your home safely. I wish you and your parents have healthy and enjoyable life. Best regards, Macky Hagiya

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