Located one hour away from Tokyo, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments: from the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the Hasedera Temple to the “Great Buddha Daibutsu” Kotokuin Temple. With all the modern and vintage cafes, the retro trains, the cozy shops will make you fall more in love with this historical and charming city!
At your hotel in Tokyo
9:00 AM: Pick up at the hotel - We take the train to Kamakura from the nearest station.
10:30 AM: Once we arrive, we head for the bustling street - Komachi-Dori and try handy street snacks which you can enjoy while strolling down the street.
11:00 AM: Visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, where you enter through massive red torii gates and stroll around the beautiful ponds.
12:00 PM: Hokokuji Temple, well-known for its bamboo grove and a Japanese style cafe inside the garden where you can enjoy the fresh green tea and the view of bamboos.
1:00 PM: Lunch - Japanese cuisine restaurants (decide on the day).
1:50 PM: A ride on the famous Enoden train that runs through Kanagawa Prefecture, from the traditional city of Kamakura to the island of Enoshima.
2:20 PM: Explore Hasedera Temple - famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
3:20 PM: At the “Great Buddha Daibutsu” Kotokuin Temple, stop for photos in front of the biggest Buddha statue in Japan.
4:30 PM: Tour ends - Arrive at 6:00 PM in Tokyo.
At your hotel or major station in Tokyo
Being a professional Japanese local tour guide with a strong command of English and French and deep knowledge of the area, Christophe will provide you with a well-planned tour to make the most of your day trip to Kamakura. As you have a taste of Japanese finest sweets and checking out the stores for souvenirs on Komachi-Dori, you will be listening to Christophe’s guide on the modern history of Kamakura and how the city flourished into such a tourism gem. Next, as you pass through Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine’s giant torii and take pictures of the beautiful lotus ponds, Christophe will be telling you the story of the samurais that laid the foundation for this sacred Shrine. Enjoy some fresh tea in the serenity of the bamboo forest at Hokokuji Temple before we have lunch and get on the Enoden train that takes you around the city. Getting off the train, we will explore Kamakura’s most magnificent sights such as Hasedera Temple and Great Buddha Statue and take amazing pictures before heading back to Tokyo.
•Guide and translation fee.
•Hotel pick up in Tokyo area.
•Transportation fee during this tour: 2500yen~ per person for you and guide.
•Lunch for you and guide.
•Entrance fee for your guide:
Kotokuin Temple: 220yen per person, Hasedera Temple: 300yen per person, Hokokuji Temple: 200yen per person
This trip was a great first day in Japan as Christophe taught my mother and I quite a bit about the culture in Kawagoe. The restaurant Christophe took us to was amazing, the food was so good! I would highly recommend booking Christophe and this tour, you will learn a lot about Kawagoe and its unique Edo period style culture, have a really tasty lunch and see many cute shops! And Christophe is very open to talking and answering questions.
Notre journee a la decouverte de Tokyo avec Christophe etait passionante! Nous avons explore les jardins, marches et temples. Une journee bien remplie. Parfait pour visiter Tokyo pour la premiere fois.
Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil petit message. Malgré le temps que nous avons eu rien nous a interrompu de faire une bonne balade et j ai été très heureux de pouvoir eux l occasions de vous faire connaissance et j espère bien vous revoir quand vous reveniez au Japon. Merci encore et à bientôt. ありがとうございました? Christophe