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Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

by Tomoko
(70) Reviews
8:30h $ 336 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
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335.58 USD

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Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 39.48
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$ 37.60

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

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Tomoko Licensed Guide
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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 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.

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.

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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 ( 70 )
greg Greg United States ( Couple )
Excellent
21 hours ago

“ 1/2 Day Tokyo ”

We had a very short amount of time after our cruise to see a few sights in Tokyo. Tomoko setup a few sites for us and arranged an excellent driver for us. We would definitely use Tomoko again when/if we return to Tokyo when we have more time.

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review, Greg! I’m glad you made the best of your limited time in Tokyo. Yes, our driver was very kind and professional Thank you also for your request, which expanded my experience. Looking forward to seeing you again, Greg and Donna 😊

ANTHONY ANTHONY United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ The BEST tour guide in Tokyo! ”

What an incredible first day we just spent in Tokyo with our wonderful tour guide Tomoko. She tailored our day as we requested to include both some history of the city and shrines, as well as the busy shopping areas and the train system. She has a great knowledge of Tokyo and it was an absolute pleasure to spend our day with her learning about Japan. She speaks excellent English and was great at helping us communicate with locals as we navigated the city. We would highly recommend Tomoko to anyone visiting Tokyo and ready for a great day in the city. Tony & Cassidy - Golden, Colorado

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for your great review just after the tour, Tony. It was my great pleasure and honor to show you around the city of Tokyo on your first day. Thank you for showing great interest in our history and culture. Starting with both sides of Shinjuku station, we visited the forestry Meiji shrine, explored the different phases of Harajuku town including adorable creatures, Shibuya town, the supermarket, and above all, your daughter’s favorite district! Her knowledge and passion about the figures and anime and her artistic talent impressed me a lot! Thank you, Cassidy, and wishing you have a fruitful autumn semester in Japan. Looking forward to hearing from you again😊

Michael Michael Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Interesting and meaningfull tour ”

We spent 1.5 days in Tokyo (on 10th and 11th of July, 2019) with Tomoko as a private guide. In all honesty, we've have been impressed by her knowledgeable comments, as well as friendly and kind attitude. We also appreciate a great deal of flexibility Tomoko shown in tailoring the program of the tour to our individual interests and circumstances. Not less important, she was very helpful in providing a valuable advice on the practical aspects of being in Tokyo, such as using a transportation system, shopping and eating. We have no hesitation in recommending Tomoko to everybody who considers hiring a private guide in Tokyo. Michael & Faina T.

Tomoko:

Thank you for your heart-warming review, Michael & Faina! Glad to hear what I did was helpful for your further stay in Japan. I was impressed by your story I heard at Imperial Palace site. That was very insightful about general human history and the history of where you are originally from. The view we shared at the observatory in Shinjuku is also unforgettable. Thank you again and the best wishes to you and your family. – Tomoko😊

Nick Nick United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Guiding us through our first day in Japan ”

Travelling with family for first time to Japan time spent on first day with Tomoko was so useful. She was great fun, informative & knowledgable. Had a really good day. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

Tomoko:

Thank you for the great review, Nick. I’m glad the guiding on your first day in Tokyo was helpful for you to map out your whole stay with special purpose. It was a very hot day, but I won’t forget the taste of refreshing gelato shared with you and the happy smile of Charlie when we succeeded in finding THAT! SIM, SIM, SIM♪(^^♪ Best wishes to you, Helen, Katie, Charlie, and Dom!

Nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Flexibility and Entertainment at its Finest ”

Our day with Tomoko was the most packed and fun day of our trip. She took us to excellent places to eat and very interesting locations throughout Tokyo. It was a very hot/humid day with some rain so she was flexible in where we went so that we were all comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and when we come back to Japan we will definitely look her up again for another location.

Tomoko:

Hi Nicole and Matt! Thank you for taking your time to write a review and share your experience. The weather was changeable that day, but we did a lot. I’m proud of your challenges about the food quite new to you. I’m wondering where to take you and what to serve you next time you come to Japan😊 Take care and best wishes to you two.

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