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Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

by Tomoko
(9) Reviews
8h $ 249 Price up to 5 people


  • 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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249.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.15
Extra person.
$ 31.15


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


★★ SEASONAL LIMITED!★★ In July and August, I would gladly start our tour in the early morning, at 7 a.m. for example. Please refer to my ★summer special★ Tokyo Early-Bird Tour.  
☆On all Mondays in July, I'm available after 10a.m.
☆On all Sundays and Mondays except the firsts, I'm available after 10 a.m.
★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.

■ 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)
■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)
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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 9 )
1 week ago |   by Anthony

“ Many memories of feeling at home in Japan ”

My brother and I could not be more grateful for your kind services during our (first-ever) visit to experience the magnificent country of Japan. We found your pride in your country's tradition and culture to be exceptional. The sights, tastes, scents and stories of Japan you shared were privileges we never anticipated. We know you are far more than a polite, intuitive, world-travelled lady. We found ourselves walking with both a personal interpreter and a well-organised and unique ambassador. We experienced the spontaneous shortcuts and alleys, forests, special shrines, leafy temples, markets and the local shops where you ran and grew up. Thank-you for sharing everything, we would've been lost without you and your remarkable suggestions. We now feel confident to challenge ourselves with more exciting experiences when we return. Tomoko-san is a Kamakura area specialist; responsible, engaging, patient, and also a flexible facilitator between visitors and local people, both in the bustle of Tokyo and the wider prefectures. Highly recommended!

1 week ago |   by Teresa

“ Wonderful tour ”

Tomoko was an excellent guide for my family of four during our first day in Tokyo. She was well prepared and on time, and she brought us a useful map and some other materials. She also made some interesting suggestions for our tour that we enjoyed very much, such as visiting the Asakura Museum of Sculpture. Her English is very good and she was very good at relating to my kids (ages 14 and 12). I highly recommend Tomoko as a guide.

1 week ago |   by Alvin

“ Highlights of Tokyo in a day ”

This was the first trip to Tokyo for me and my family. We wanted to do a tour that would highlight some of the history/culture of Japan and Tomoko planned the itinerary and delivered. We were able to learn some of the historical/cultural context and visit places such as the Meiji Temple and Sensoji Temple with Tomoko. She also included places such as Harajuku (place where a lot of teenagers go to shop and entertain themselves) to engage and entertain my teenage daughters and an opportunity for them to try on Kimonos. She also guided us to a local restaurant for lunch to try monjayaki which was a great experience. She was also very engaging with the entire family which made the tour very enjoyable as well as provided tips on traveling around Tokyo via the subway system and other places that we were planning to visit on our own such as Tsukiji Fish Market. I would recommend to book a tour with Tomoko for anyone looking to visit Japan.

2 weeks ago |   by Jacqueline

“ The Best Guide I Could Have Ever Asked For! ”

Tomoko is amazing, wonderful, terrific!...I could go on and on :) In addition to being my first time in Japan, it is also my first time as a solo-female traveler. I am so, SO glad I chose to book two 4h day tours with Tomoko. I spent the first two full days of my trip in Tokyo, Japan with Tomoko. She did an amazing job in helping me achieve my main goals which were to: 1) Orient myself in Tokyo and 2) Learn how to orient myself in the other places I will visit Tomoko is excellent in presenting Japanese history, language lessons, and understanding what her guests would like. I highly recommend Tomoko to everyone. Here are some of the many highlights that I experienced with Tomoko during my two day tours: - Knowing where to obtain general information for a city - Understanding how to use the transit system - I purchased a Suica card since I can also use it in Kyoto and Osaka. It is a very useful transit pass. - Learning about past and present Japanese culture - Useful Japanese phrases (“survival” Japanese) Tomoko is very warm and welcoming. Initially, I was feeling a bit homesick before I spent time with Tomoko. It was great to have two days with her because she helped me overcome my “homesickness”. I am so thankful that I selected her to be my private tour guide. I hope that whoever reads my review will also choose Tomoko. If you do, you are in for a real treat!

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Dale

“ tokyo and kamakura ”

I enjoyed my to tours with Tomoko, she was knowledgable, had good english, and very accommodating for my special needs on the second day. Indeed, it was obvious she had spent some time researching options so she could help me.

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