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Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

by Tomoko
(14) Reviews
8h $ 256 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • View of Enoshima island & Sagami Bay
  • Gokurakuji temple & historical pathway
  • Great Buddha (Daibutsu)
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine
  • Kenchoji temple - Japan's oldest grand Zen temple
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256.32 USD

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Extra hour.
$ 32.04
Extra person.
$ 26.70

Overview

One day Kamakura Highlight tour from Tokyo area. You will enjoy Kamakura’s natural beauties as well as its historic sites. Kamakura is one hour south of Tokyo and was Japan’s political center in medieval times. This tour covers several must-visiting spots such as Great Buddha, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, and Japan’s oldest grand Zen temple, Kencho-ji as its finale.

What to Expect

This tour is designed in order that you can enjoy the nature and history of Kamakura with some geographical and cultural understanding.
I’m sure your experiences in Kamakura will become more memorable when you ride local street cars and walk along historical pathways.
I was brought up in Kamakura and since I was ten years old, I have been walking around the city with friends, family, or even by myself. I know every corner of the city and its seasonal beauties, so I could make some change depending on the season or on your request.

1. Great view of Enoshima island, the official site of yacht race in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, and enjoy sea breeze and the view of Mt. Fuji when the weather is favorable - local monorail and streetcar ride

2. Gokurakuji, small but historically interesting temple *admission free - enjoyable short walk along one of the 7 Kamakukra’s ‘kiridohshi’, historical pathways into Kamakura

3. Great Buddha (Daibutsu), the second largest Buddha statue in Japan, National Treasure *admission 200 yen/adult – local streetcar ride

4. Fun walk along the main approach to the shrine and the sideway, Komachidori shopping street where you will find typical food and goods of Kamakura

5. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura’s main shrine constructed in the late 12th century *admission free

6. Kenchoji temple, Japan’s oldest Zen temple constructed originally in the mid-13th century. It is a huge complex of historically important building structures and a beautiful garden *admission 500 yen/adult

7. Nice short walk to Kitakamakura station along a street lined with smaller atmospheric temples

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Tomoko Licensed Guide
(14) Reviews
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Highlights

  • View of Enoshima island & Sagami Bay
  • Gokurakuji temple & historical pathway
  • Great Buddha (Daibutsu)
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine
  • Kenchoji temple - Japan's oldest grand Zen temple

Important

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer, but there are a few days when I'm available only after 10 a.m. For details, please contact me.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

■ Please wear comfortable shoes and outfits for walking.
■ When the weather is unfavorable I might suggest some alternative plan.

What‘s included
■guide fee
■hotel pick-up (in Tokyo metropolitan area)
What‘s not included
■transportation fee (you and guide): e.g. ① JR round trip between Tokyo and Ofuna (1600 yen/adult) ② value area pass (700 yen/adult)
■lunch
■admission fee: e.g. Great Buddha (200 yen/adult), Kenchoji temple (500 yen/adult)
Meeting Point
At your hotel (in metropolitan area of Tokyo)
Ending Point
At the nearest train station from the last destination (Kitakamakura or Ofuna)
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 ( 14 )
Marisa Marisa Germany ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Wonderful trip with a wonderful guide ”

Tomoko was an excellent guide that I would definitely recommend to anyone. Her tour allowed us to see so many great places in one day: 1) Zojoji temple and Tokyo Tower (Shiba area)  2) Sensoji temple, Asakusa  3) Kappabashi street (all goods to run restaurants) -here we went to a special japanese knife shop  4) via Butsudan street to Ueno area  5) Local Soba(back wheat) noodle restaurant 6) Ueno station and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) street  7) Ueno Park - statue of Saigo Takamori, Kiyomizu Kannon temple hall, the face of Great Buddha, Ueno Toshogu shrine, etc.  8) Yanaka area - Kanneji temple, Yanaka cemetary (the last Shogun's tomb), Tennoji temple, and some other small temples and quiet residential area  9) Imperial Palace East Gardens, Outer Gardens, Nijubashi (the double bridg... read more

Tomoko:

Hi Marisa and Florian! Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review for me. Yes, we visited so many interesting places just in one day. It’s amazing. I’m proud of you. I’m glad you enjoyed differences of those areas. As you saw, Tokyo has many different faces and features. I genuinely enjoyed the time shared with you. The only thing I regret is that we couldn’t go through the grand gate of Zojoji (Three Emancipation Gate) because it was closed, and we still stay ‘greedy, angry and stupid’ _ hahaha. It’s just a joke. I was impressed how you are nice-hearted and smart. See you someday, again. Take care!😊 Tomoko

Chirag Chirag United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ perfact day tour ”

Tomoko was amazing in customizing day tour with good time management and selecting places of my interest! She made tour very informative by mixing history, current realities, culture and engaging conversations! Also helped in picking proper lunch place (me being vegetarian) and souvenir shopping! She was punctual, knowledgeable about places, commute, and where to take pictures :) She was able to communicate in effective English and made entire day fun with various random discussions ...which helped learning about Tokyo, people, real estate, challenges and fun aspects! Highly recommend if you have a limited time, want to see what you want and learn from local expert!

Tomoko:

Hi Chirag. Thank you very much for writing a nice review for me. I’m glad you enjoyed your only free day in Tokyo. I also enjoyed sharing info and exchange opinions with you about the world we are in. It is one of the fun parts of private tours, isn’t it? It was also nice of you to make it clear before planning what you want to see and what you are not to eat, which was very helpful when I customized your tour. I’m sure you will be back to Japan with your family next time. Hope to see you then. Thank you again. – Tomoko😊

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ A full day of walking the best of Tokyo ”

We met Tomoko early in the morning and started off on the subway to explore Tokyo's parks, temples, food, stores and more. She was very knowledgeable about the history and spoke excellent English (she formerly taught English I believe). What is harder to convey adequately is just what a lovely person she was - we thoroughly enjoyed both the day and spending time with her. And it was clear she thoroughly enjoyed teaching interested visitors about her country's history and culture. She did a great job helping us understand the options and make intelligent choices based on the logistics, timing etc. And as she saw our interests she suggested some possible tweaks to the itinerary, and took us to see some real jewels that were just off the beaten paths. We would absolutely go back to her ... read more

Tomoko:

Thank you very much for your warm, encouraging review, Maria. Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed your interests and sharing a bit of our culture and history with you. The Soba shop the lady at the info recommended was perfect, wasn’t it? I went to thank her the other day when I just dropped by and she loved it. I was impressed how you selected the best items as souvenirs for all your family members. They were all beautiful and practical, too! Wasn’t it lucky that we had just escaped from thunder and lightning at the end? I believe it was a piece of luck the dancing lion brought to you! Stay lucky and smiling. I’m looking forward to seeing you someday again. – Tomoko😊

Wayne Wayne Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tokyo nature in the city ”

I spent a wonderful morning with Tomoko visiting some of the gardens and shrines around the Shinjuku area. If you are looking for a knowledgeable friendly guide to show you around Tokyo I would highly recommend her services.

Tomoko:

Hi Wayne! Thank you very much for taking your time to write a nice review while still traveling. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the tour although it was in your short layover and the weather was not quite favorable. I’m impressed by your enthusiasm to make every moment as a chance to take good photos even in the rain. The trees and forests in Meiji Jingu and Shinjuku Gyoen must have loved it!! Me? Of course, I did! See you soon again on your way back home.– Tomoko😊

Roxana Roxana United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Perfect day with the perfect guide ”

Tomoko is very knowledgeable and has truly high professionalism standards. I only had a day to spent in Tokyo, I wanted to make the most out of it, and I certainly owe this to Tomoko. I have described her my priorities and she designed a captivating and perfectly balanced day; I have learnt a myriad things about the Japanese history and culture, and also about mundane and practical aspects of the Japanese life. She carries a book with pictures, old prints, maps and text that help her to describe the topic in detail and make a point. She is punctual, energetic, and has a great senses of humor; one day in Tokyo is short, but she made it very memorable for me.

Tomoko:

Hi Roxana! Thank you so much for your warm, encouraging review. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. You can tell easily from the pictures that I really enjoyed it, too! Yes, we laughed a lot together ! I’m impressed by your energy to try to make the most of your limited time and to enjoy it. My best regards to you. See you someday again😊

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