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Kamakura One Day Tour - Shrines, Islands, and a Great Buddha

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20222 min read

Itinerary Ideas

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on GoWithGuide. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our tenth post of the series, we focus on the best full day tour of Kamakura.


In this seven hour full day itinerary, we visit the highlights of Kamakura, including Tsuruoka Hachiman-gu, a fabulous shopping street packed with delicious local food, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, and finally, the small island of Enoshima.


1. Tsuruoka Hachiman-gu Shrine 

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A popular shrine due to its many events and festivals, especially during the New Year, Tsuruoka Hachiman-gu is perhaps one of the most famous Hachiman shrines amongst 80,000. The thing that makes this particular shrine stand out though, is the wealth of nature within the shrine complex, particularly its overabundance of cherry blossom trees, which become a popular attraction during spring. 

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2. Komachi-dori 

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Leading away from Hachiman-gu is a bustling shopping street of gourmet food, unusual hand-made souvenirs, and numerous cafes. You can enjoy a stroll along this long street made up of over 250 premises, and sample the delights of local Kamakura cuisine.

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3. Great Buddha (Kotoku-in)

Kotoku-in Temple is the most popular tourist attraction in Kamakura, and people visit the area specifically to see the Great Buddha. This huge statue isn't only impressive to look at, but allows, for a small donation, the chance to enter the Buddha and stand inside, admiring its interior of bronze and gold.

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4. Enoshima Island

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Offering one of the best scenic views in Japan, the island of Enoshima is packed full of things to see and do. Ancient caves you can explore by candlelight, beautiful beaches, an aquarium, and three shrines, which include Enoshima Shrine, one of The Three Great Shrines of Benzaiten. 

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Tokyo Tour Guide - Yasuro C.

Yasuro C.

4.80 / 5
(64 reviews)

Hello, my name is Yasuro (Mr). I was born and brought up in Kansai, graduated from a univ in Kobe city, after moved into Kanto, 30 years in Tokyo, 2.5 years in Nagoya city, 7.5 years abroad (KL & S'pore) as a rep of a construction company and I got the National Guide Certificate in 2011. My hobbies are making Haiku poems, singing various songs (voice-training for 18 years), playing the folk-guitar, trekking in mountains like Takao and Okutama in the West of Tokyo, visiting museums like in Ueno Park and travelling around Japan to make Haiku poems. Thank you for your attention.                                                                                                                                 

Kanagawa Tour Guide - Kaneo U.

Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)

I’m so excited to have a chance to show you around my favorite spots in Kanagawa prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa. I spent my whole school life, including university, here in Kanagawa. I worked as a high school English teacher here for 40 years. I love Kanagawa so much. We have many interesting tourist spots, like Hakone, Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama. I got my tour guide license in English in 2009. I am still an English teacher. To give an interesting and impressive lesson to young high school students, I’ve learnt and gathered many kinds of information. I also have a license to teach social studies, so I have a wide range of knowledge about Japanese culture and history. I’m sure to provide you an interesting tour.                                                                                                                                 

Yokohama Tour Guide - Haruo T.

Haruo T.

4.90 / 5
(10 reviews)

I live in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. I have a license to teach in high schools and was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the University of Birmingham. Until 2015 I had been teaching English at public high schools in Kanagawa for 37 years. During that time, I had some experience of guiding students from overseas through sister-school relationship around Tokyo and Kanagawa. Therefore, I had good command of English with the TOEIC score of 935. As for a tour guide experience I earned the certificate of National Government Licensed Guide-Interpreter in English and since then I have guided tourists to the popular sites around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Yokosuka. My guiding focuses on introducing not only Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds but also giving tourists some tips to travel Japan only by themselves, such as how to use trains and subways, find good restaurants, reserve tickets, buy survenier, and speak basic Japanese. In addition, my tour includes opportunities to experience Japanese culture like Zen meditation, ninja performance, visiting anime's location sites based on tourists' request. Besides, by means of my hobbies of writing English Haiku and Waka (traditional Japanese poems) and performing Rakugo (traditional Japanese funny story telling) in English, I can surely entertain tourists during the tour. My moto as a tour guide is let the tourists have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Japan with my profound, intelligible and interestiog guiding.                                                                                                                                 

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