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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)

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.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Tomoko.

  • 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

★★★From December 1st to 10th, 2019, Tomoko is away from Tokyo traveling in Italy. So, although she loves your messagers, she might not be as responsive as usual during this period. Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated. ☺️★★★

★★Kamakura Hiking tour is now temporarily unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019.

★ 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 ( 94 )
4.9 (94) Reviews
Very Good
Margaret Margaret Australia ( Couple )
2 days ago


We had an enjoyable and informative full day Kamakura tour (ex-Tokyo) with Tomoko. She has excellent English and extensive knowledge. We enjoyed her company and we highly recommend her as an excellent reliable guide.


Thank you for posting such a nice review, Margaret! Yes, we were blessed with perfect autumn weather and enjoyed the ancient temple with its beautiful bamboo garden and the shrine with many adorable Japanese children in kimono for their celebration, and of course, the Great Buddha and its nearby Jodo temple. I’m sure you enjoyed the rest of the stay in Japan. Thank you again, Margaret and Brian 😊

Mark Mark United States ( Family with kids )
3 days ago

“ Details and timeliness ”

Tomoko communicated with us before we arrived and as soon as we arrived in Japan. She created a detailed itinerary based on our interests. Everyday she gave us a recap of what, where and when we did that day, plus a plethora of pictures she had taken of us. It would have been very difficult to navigate the train schedules and stations as newcomers. We feel that we saw twice as much with the help of Tomoko, than if we had gone alone. Tomoko brought us to some awesome local restaurants where we were the only tourists. The food was excellent and the owners very welcoming. Tomoko is a wealth of knowledge and has years of experience as a guide and teacher. We wanted to visit areas that were not normal tourist stops, so she walked with us through back roads and educated us on the Japan... read more


Thank you for your great review, Mark. I really enjoyed guiding you and your daughter. As you both are interested in history and great walkers, we covered more than usual such as Sugimotodera temple, the oldest one in Kamakura. Your inquiries on not just about history but current issues inspired me a lot. Next time you come to Japan, I will definitely take you to the Tempra restaurant again for dinner 😊 My best regards to you, your adorable girl, Ella, and all your family. Thank you again!

Teng Teng Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ One day in Hakone ”

Tomoko was punctual. She was organised and planned a great day for us! We were able to see and get a lot done! She took us to the Hakone Shrine, the boat cruise and the volcanic beds. She even gave a lot of advice on what food and souvenirs to get. Would greatly recommend her service to anyone who is travelling to Hakone area.


Thank you for your great review, Teng-san. We were blessed with perfect weather with clear air and shared a lot of beautiful sights of Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and Sagami Bay, which is not always the case. I won’t forget the fun conversation I had with your smart, lovely, inquisitive daughter, Sophie. Best wishes to you and your family. Thank you again. 😊

Chris Chris United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Tomoko is the best guide ”

Tomoko made the trip wonderful. She was helpful even beforehand. Prompt in her replies no matter the time zone or even on weekends. Her service was excellent. She also had back up plans in case weather etc created issues. She was organized and informative. Ask for her to guide you!


Thank you for letting me join part of your special family trip to Japan, and for the great review, Chris! I really enjoyed showing you around Tokyo before your cruise and seeing you again at Yokohama port after the cruise to take you to Kamakura before your flight. The adorable children we saw at Meiji shrine wearing Kimono for their special occasion, the beautiful chrysanthemum flowers in Shinjuku Gyoen, Great Buddha, the beautiful view from Hasedera, and finally, the view of Mt. Fuji… I'll never forget the fun moments shared with you all. Best wishes to you, Kim, Phyllis, Gary, and all of your family.😊

Susan Susan United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Terrific Tokyo with Tomoko ”

We highly recommend Tomoko. Her organized and yet flexible approach to planning and leading our 1/2 day experience with her made it one of the highlights of our time in Tokyo. Every person in our group of 5 wished we had been able to spend more time with her. Despite our limited time, we did not feel rushed as she helped us make the most of each site, pointing out and explaining specific and unique historic as well as cultural details we might otherwise have missed. She shared lots of information, including photos and other visual information before and after the tour. Tomoko’s genuine interest in other people, her knowledge and enthusiasm for historic and current aspects of Japanese culture AND her sense of humor made her made her an excellent guide for our group.


Thank you for taking your time to post such a nice review, Susan. Yes, I also wished that we could spend more time together! Even though our time was limited, I appreciated it that you clarified what you had done already, where you would visit later, your major interest and what you would not be able to miss before the tour and even during the tour. It’s amazing that we DID cover all those venues without rush, such as Kanda Myojin, Origami Center, Yushima Tenjin, Yanaka, and part of Tokyo National Museum in only 5 hours while enjoying the local Italian restaurant. Thank you again for sharing fun time with you and your great company, Bill, Anne, Pam and Addison. Best wishes! 😊

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