Home Japan Kamakura Tours Zen Temple & Highlig...

Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

by Tomoko
(62) Reviews
8:30h $ 332 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Kitakamakura, the district of zen temples
  • Kenchoji temple - Japan's oldest grand Zen temple
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine
  • Great Buddha (Daibutsu)
  • Gokurakuji temple & historical pathway
  • View of Enoshima island & Sagami Bay
read more

Select Date and Travelers

When?
People
332.01 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 39.06
Extra person.
$ 37.20

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

2. 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

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

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

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

7. 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

read more
4.9 (62) Reviews
Excellent
 
90%
Very Good
 
10%
Good
 
0%
Poor
 
0%
Horrible
 
0%

Organized by

Tomoko Licensed Guide
(62) Reviews
Contact Tomoko Response Time: 6 hs

Highlights

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

Important

Mondays are not recommended if you want try zen food

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out y25%our 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.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. 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
8:30 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.

View More Frequently Asked Questions read more

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 ( 62 )
Jacqueline Jacqueline United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Tomoko - Tokyo ”

We could not have asked for a better guide to teach us everything we needed to know to best enjoy our 4 days in Tokyo. From local restaurants to the train system to culture to history to religion....the list goes on! Tomoko is a wonderful guide and great person!

Tomoko:

Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. It was my great pleasure to share all the tips with you and get the feedback from you the next day or later how you enjoyed your own exploration. I will never forget the fun moments shared with you in the rainy garden of Meiji Jingu, at the café with adorable creatures, and the local bar and restaurant! Looking forward to seeing you again either in Tokyo or in your place. Best wishes to you, Jacqueline and Darin😊

San San Austria ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Thanks to Tomoko, the travels around Tokyo with our aged parents were a breeze! Extremely enthusiastic, humourous, spontaneous and helpful - highly recommended!

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for sharing hilarious two days and for posting the great review just a moment after the tour. We enjoyed suburban cities like Kamakura, Yokohama, and Kawagoe in Saitama as well as tasty soba, unagi, sushi, and yakitori. We laughed a lot together with your husband and your SWEET parents 😊 They are so SWEET. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you again.

John John United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic day in Kamakura ”

My family had a wonderful experience with Tomoko. We decided on a day trip to Kamakura. Tomoko knows Tokyo and the Kamakura area inside and out. She provides fantastic insights and caters the time with her clients to their interests. We also loved that Tomoko is a foodie like us so we talked a lot about Japanese cuisine and she had great recommendations. She brought us to a gem of a spot for lunch, not a place we would easily find ourselves. She was also terrific and especially engaging with our 10 year old daughter. We would recommend her in a heartbeat (by far the best guide we had on our trip), and plan to use her in the future.

Tomoko:

Hi John! Thank you for your great review and the great time shared in Enoshima & Kamakura. Yes, we are all foodies and we enjoyed a lot of good food together. I’m always trying to find out some local restaurants, which are not too fancy but where the food quality is good, and the people are friendly. 😊 I really enjoyed the company of your sweet daughter. She is so inquisitive and responsive. Next time you come to Japan, I will show you some other beautiful, interesting spots as well as yummy places. Cannot wait! My best wishes to you, Joanna, Evelyn, Vani and her family. Take care!

Japan Japan Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Had fun touring around Tokyo. ”

Really great guide. So hands on with her customers.

Tomoko:

Thank you for introducing your clients from the beautiful country of Croatia to me. I’m so glad that they enjoyed the day in Tokyo. It was good for both of us to talk about their interest and the itinerary again just after we meet in the morning before starting our tour. That was a great work of collaboration. Thank you😊

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ An Amazing Day in Tokyo! ”

Just a bit into the tour, It felt like we were touring with family. We had so much fun and learned a lot! If we could, we would have loved to spend more time with Tomoko. I highly recommend booking Tomoko for your tours. When we come back to Tokyo we will book Tomoko again!

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review, Margaret. The day was a great fun for me, too. Starting coincidentally from the college I graduated, we enjoyed the quiet, beautiful garden in the morning, the grand Shoguns place, business lunch, and slipped into commoners’ life in a few centuries ago. After viewing the Olympic site 2020, the cute animal café and the colorful Harajuku town was our grand finale. I really enjoyed the questions and the lovely smile of your daughter, Zoe. Thank you again and looking forward to seeing you all again.😊

More tours by Tomoko

One Day Customized Tour in Tokyo

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
8h $ 312 up to 5 people

One Day Customized Tour in Kamakura

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
8:30h $ 332 up to 5 people

★summer special★ Tokyo Early-Bird Tour

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
7h $ 273 up to 5 people

One Day Hike in Kamakura

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
9h $ 352 up to 5 people

Asakusa (half day)

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
3:30h $ 126

Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
3:30h $ 126

Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
8:30h $ 332 up to 5 people

Kamakura Popular Tours & Activities

Kamakura one-day tour - end at Kamakura station-

(17) Reviews
by RIEKO
7h $ 211 up to 5 people

My favorite Kamakura!

(29) Reviews
by Eiko
7h $ 202 up to 5 people

One Day Customized Tour in Kamakura

(62) Reviews
by Tomoko
8:30h $ 332 up to 5 people