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Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

8:30 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 )

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.


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  • 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

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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

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (in metropolitan area of Tokyo)
Ending Point At the nearest train station from the last destination (Kitakamakura or Ofuna)

Inclusions & Exclusions

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)


Mondays are not recommended if you want try zen food

★★Kamakura Hiking tour is now temporarily unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoon hitting the area on September 8, 2019.

★★Japan's consumption tax is scheduled to be raised on and after October 1st, 2019, from 8% to 10%. Due to the raise, admissions and transportation fees might be changed slightly. Kindly understand the situation.

★ 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.

★ 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.

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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Reviews ( 77 )
4.9 (77) Reviews
Very Good
Cindy Cindy United States ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ Friendly, Flexible and Fun ”

Tomoko is a lovely lady who knows the area well. My husband loved spending the day with her. Due to rain we had to make some changes in our plans but the alternative places were very interesting. She gave us a good feel for the culture and history of the people and sites. We traveled a lot on the subway which was fascinating, clean and efficient. Excellent experience.


Thank you very much for your great review, Cindy and Dave. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the whole day and the subway even though it rained intermittently. I was impressed by your energy and interest just after a long flight. You seem to have breathed in a lot of oxygen of Tokyo :) Someday, I would like to visit Colorado and enjoy the great nature 🏔 Thank you again!

Taylor Taylor United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ The best experience we could have asked for! ”

Tomoko went above and beyond! We learned so much. Teaching came so naturally to her and she answered all of our questions with bonus information. She has a great sense of humor and warm hospitality. She showed us the transit system, local customs and welcomed us like old friends visiting her hometown for the first time.


Thank you for your great review, Taylor. It was so much fun for me, too, to share wonderful time with an inquisitive couple like you! Lots of spontaneous questions and some requests from you on the way made our tour interactive, and I learned a lot through it. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you and laughing together again, Taylor and Joe 😊

Rebecca Rebecca United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Terrific Tomoko! ”

Tomoko was absolutely so professional and timely responding to my emails, and I appreciated all her suggestions. I knew my adult son and I would have a great tour- and we did! She met us promptly in the lobby of our hotel and we started our fantastic day at the Tsukiji Market. It was so fun because Tomoko knew everything about all the food, and seemed to be friends with so many vendors. She soon became our friend, too. She has so much knowledge and is a gifted story teller. We appreciated her energy, and she tried to keep us in the shade- it was quite hot. We loved the lotus flowers on the pond, and had fun exploring the Nezu Shrine and barely fitting through the little Tori Gates (my son is over 6ft tall). Then we had a traditional Japanese lunch at a beautiful restaurant. Tomoko did her ... read more


Thank you for your great review, Becky! I'm so surprised and happy as well that you remember all the moments we shared so clearly.:) As you told me know what you would have done before our tour such as the bike tour and baseball game, I planned and tried to show you something different, the venues you could reach only on foot and with some local human touch! I'm glad it seems to have worked :) Thank you also for your honest view for the lunch time. My best wishes to you and your family!

Barbara Barbara United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Cheerful & knowledgeable ”

Tomoko made our first 2 days in Tokyo so easy. She guided us through the subways to both old and new Tokyo. We enjoyed lovely shrines and temples, shopping areas, and cultural places. Tomoko was cheerful and knowledgeable as she shared this amazing city.


Thank you so much for the great review, Barbara! I’m happy to hear that I was of some help for the adventurous, jolly family like yours😊 I was amazed that Alison showed great interest in ‘Bakumatsu,’ the shifting period from Samurai era to modern Japan. I’m sure you will all enjoy your visit to Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Thank you again for the great time shared with you, Richard, and Alison.

Rachael Rachael United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Tomoko is THE guide to book! ”

This brief tour was arranged to be a short introduction to Tokyo, Japan with a small tour at a site near our hotel. Tomoko met us at the airport, helped us get our luggage shipped to our hotel in Kyoto, exchange our JR vouchers for passes and secure tickets for ALL of our JR rail trips on our 9-day trip in Japan, helped us get to our first hotel, etc. I simply cannot imagine doing this while jet lagged without Tomoko! She was precious upon meeting her and greeted us both with a huge hug, which was quite the surprise but so appreciated, and the positives just kept going from there! She was invaluable and worth every cent! We attempted to tour the underground area of the Tokyo Station where there is a maze of endless restaurants, shops, vendors, etc. She realized quickly that my hu... read more


Thank you so much for the great review with your experiences, Rachael! Yes, I was so excited to see you at Haneda airport after 7 months of message exchange in advance. It was as if I saw my old friend after a long absence. Thank you for sharing so many memorable moments together with you and Mike. I was so happy and relieved to see Mike had recovered when we met again and genuinely enjoyed Sumo, the car museum, and beer & sake 🍺 Great summer days! I miss you, too 😊

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