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Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)


Kamakura
9 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.

Itinerary

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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 08:00 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): approximately 3,000 yen/person e.g. ① JR round trip between Tokyo and Kamakura ( about 2,000 yen/adult) ② local train, bus, or value area pass (about 800 yen/adult)
■ lunch
■ admission fee: e.g. Great Buddha (300 yen/adult), Kenchoji temple (500 yen/adult)

Important

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 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. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive.

★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary.

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

☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking.

※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 ( 100 )
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Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Highlights of Tokyo ”

I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne😊

Shivani Bhattacharya Shivani United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Wonderful and warm guids ”

I will start by saying that our day spent with Tomoko felt like a day visiting a good friend. We started off our Japan trip with Tomoko and it was one of the most memorable. I was very hesitant to commit to anything because I have 2 small children aged 5 and 7. There is a lot of walking involved as a tourist throughout Japan and this often was difficult to manage with my 5 year old. Tomoko helped ease these fears by being so incredibly flexible with her schedule and also adding in some spontaneous fun and rest time for the children. Not only that, she came prepared with written material consisting of timelines of Japanese eras with their significance - I referred to these papers throughout our stay in Japan!! She did a wonderful job in giving me a quick overview of the art history too - ... read more

Tomoko:

Thank you for your passionate, detailed, great review, Shivani 😊 I’m glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your whole trip in Japan and are now settled at home. Depending on the family age, status, and the taste of each member, what we can enjoy will be varied. You love art and history, and your husband has great tastes in best food and advanced technology, while your adorable children are fond of crafts, animals, and trains! Shibuya and Harajuku are very fun places, but I just thought wondering there after visiting so many other places must be exhausting to your little ones. I’m very much proud of your hard work for research, preparation, and arrangement as a mother. Thank you again for sharing fun and heart-warming time with you all. Best wishes to you, Shivani, Rishi, Aasha, and Nirvaan. ... read more

tonya Tonya Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Hakone highlights ”

Tomoko met us in our Tokyo hotel & travelled to Hakone area with us. She made the transfers easy. We had a wonderful day with Tomoko providing lots of local knowledge. She doubled checked any information I had given her about our hotel & baggage transfer without prompting. I would highly recommend Tomoko particularly if a group - much better than organised tours. Thank you again Tomoko

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review, Tonya. It’s my pleasure to make tours perfectly fit to the needs of each party. Thank you also for bringing us the perfect weather, which is something I cannot control by double-checking 😊 Excursion to Hakone is very susceptible and changeable to all different conditions, such as weather(wind, rain and snow), traffic, geological situations, and typhoon damage last year, etc. So, even if we prepare, some unexpected thing can happen. I appreciate all your cooperation and it was a very memorable day for me, too. Hope you enjoy all the rest of your journey in Japan, Tonya, Simon, Jade, and Skye⛄

Amy Amy Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Mt Fuji and Nikko ”

We enjoyed the time with Tomoko. She is knowledgeable and very organised. Mt Fuji is so beautiful in a clear day! Toshogu Shrine is a must visit place, not only the amazing architecture and decoration, but also the beautiful natural surroundings. Local foods are delicious thanks to Tomoko’s recommendation.

Tomoko:

Thank you for taking your time to post such a nice review, Amy. Glad to hear you enjoyed the two big excursion to Mt. Fuji (Lake area) and Nikko. I’m impressed with the way you prepared for your family trip and it was my great pleasure to work with you. I hope you get recharged and your children had fun skiing after our tours. Best wishes to you, Emily, and Kevin😊

Sean Sean Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Awesome Guide! ”

Highly recommend Tomoko. As first time visitors to Tokyo with Tomoko we covered many and varied aspects of Tokyo. As a large group of 14 (4 adults and 8 older children) Tomoko did a great job engaging with us all and confidently helping us access some very busy areas of Tokyo. We were also lucky enough to see and do some things we never would have experienced without Tomoko. Tomoko was also very responsive leading up to our trip and while we were in Tokyo. Thankyou Tomoko!!

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review, Sean. It was my great pleasure to share the 2 fun days with you all. Yes, we covered so many places from the market, shrines & temples, Imperial Palace, busy downtowns & the cemetery, Samurai place and commoners’ town of old times, and so and so. I greatly appreciate all of your cooperation, even of your children when they needed to wait patiently for the ticket booking, as without it, the tour would not have been that much smooth and fun. Thank you again and the best wishes to your friends and family.

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