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Best Memories of Kamakura

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Kamakura used to the capital of Japan during 12th to 14th century. It was the first period governed by the samurai warriors; Shoguns.Since samurai practiced Zen Buddhism, there are many Zen Temples which were built before those in Kyoto.

Kamakura Tour Guide - Yuki K.
Yuki K.
4.77 / 5
(351 reviews)
10:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel

- I will meet you near the reception. I will show your name on my iPad.

The following is a standard plan with optional places you can choose. Approximate time durations are also shown.

10:00 AM

10:00-11:30 Hotel pick up and Transport to Kamakura by JR train

I will pick you up near the reception.

12:00 PM

12:00-12:30 The Great Buddha in Kotoku-in Temple

The Great Buddha in Kotoku-In Temple; The Buddha was built in the 13th century, which is the most popular site in Kamakura. It is a statue of Amida Buddha who helps everyone in need to be reborn in the Heaven (Admission: 300 JPY except the guide)

12:30 PM

12:30-13:30 Hase-dera Temple

Hase-dera Temple; It is about 10 minutes walk from the Great Buddha, this temple was established in 8th century, which has a nice Japanese garden, various statues of Buddha, a deck to overview the Pacific Ocean, and a unique cave shrine. It is also famous for its hydrangea trail which is very crowed in June. (Admission: 400 JPY except the guide)

01:30 PM

13:30-14:30 Lunch

Lunch; We will have a casual Japanese lunch such as vegetarian dishes for monks, or tempura with noodle, steamed rice, grilled eel over steamed rice, sushi, or pork cutlet from 1,500 JPY. If you have any restrictions on foods, please let me know before the tour.

03:00 PM

15:00-16:00 Your choice of one place from the following options.

You can find pictures of these places from the following link by clicking (>) in the left window.

Option A. Hachiman-gu Shrine

This shrine was established in 1063 for Minamoto Family who governed Japan in the 12th century. This shrine is very big and popular among local Japanese people to visit in new year days. (Admission free)

Option B. Hokoku-ji Temple

This temple was estalished in 1334 to commemorate Ashikaga Ietoki who was the grandfather of Takauji who started Muromachi period. The bamboo forest in the temple is something different from other places (Admission: 300 JPY except the guide). You can drink a cup of Japanese power green tea with sweets with the view of the bamboo forest. (Extra fee: 600 JPY except the guide)

Option C. Kencho-ji Temple

This temple was established in 1253 which ranked as No.1 Zen temple in Kamakura. You can see and take pictures of the marvelous Cloud Dragon in the ceiling which is as good as the one at Tenryu-ji Temple in Kyoto. (Admission: 500 JPY except the guide)

Option D. Enkaku-ji Temple

This temple was established in 1282 which ranked 2nd highest Zen temple in Kamakura. You can see and take a picture of the statue of Shaka in the main worship hall and a garden nearby. (Admission: 300 JPY except the guide)

Option E: Komachi street

Enjoy shopping and foods while walking along the long streets with unique shops of Japanese products and sweets. This street is very popular among local Japanese women.

Option F: Inamura-gasaki beach

If it is very fine, you can see Mt. Fuji from this beach.

If you come here, you will find a cozy restaurant for lunch and may try an Onsen (hot bath) next to the restaurant.

Option G. Meigetsu-in Temple

This temple was established in 1160 to comfort the sprit of the samurai who died in the first battle between Heike and Genji families. This temple is very famous among local Japanese for its Hydrangea garden. So it's too busy to visit in June but is good to visit in other seasons for quiet and well maintained gardens. (Admission 500 JPY including the guide)

Option H. Tokei-ji and Jochi-ij Temples

Tokei-ji Temple was established in 1285 as a temple of nun i.e. convent. This temple had been offering the refuge for poor wives escaping from their husband until 1902.

Jochi-ji Temple was established in 1281 for Hojo family who governed the later part of Kamakura period and was the rank No. 4 Zen temple in Kamakura.

These temples are not popular yet among foreign tourists but are old hidden authentic temples. I'd recommend these temples, if you are getting tired of crowded popular places. (Admission 300 JPY in Jochi-ji except the guide, No photo allowed in Tokei-ji Temple)

04:30 PM

16:30-18:00 return to your hotel by JR train

06:00 PM

At your hotel

End of the tour

Ending Point

At your hotel

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up

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What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you and the guide (3,000 JPY per person)

Lunch of you and the guide (about 1,500 JPY per person)

Entrance fee of you (Big Buddha: 200 JPY, Hase-Dera: 400 JPY, Hokoku-Ji: 300 JPY, Kencho-Ji: 500 JPY, Enkaku-Ji: 300 JPY)

Tour Important Information

Most of the temples close about 16:00 to 17:00.

- The tour guide is not available on Monday.

- Please, send a direct message to the tour guide for confirming the availability before booking

Not available on Mondays.

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Kamakura Tour Reviews

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Mike R.

5 / 5
Apr 30, 2024

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Excellent Tour

Yuki was an excellent tour guide. He communicated with us before our tour to set up what we wanted to visit and also gave us advice on getting train cards at the airport. He met us at our hotel right on time. He showed us how to use the trains and we used them all through our tour. He was very informative about the places that we visited. He is a very nice man. My wife and I highly recommend his tour.

Mike R.

Dear Mike, Thank you for taking time to write such a excellent review of my Tokyo tour. We visited Meiji-Shrine, Asakusa, and Tokyo National Museum. I hope you can visit the Imperial Palace, Koishikawa Koraku-en Garden, and Tsukiji outer market tomorrow by yourself. Please enjoy your travel in Japan. Yuki

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Annie S.

5 / 5
Apr 24, 2024

Tokyo tour à la carte

Tokyo
6 hours

Unagi in Asakusa

Yuki was great! He speaks English well, knew his way around, and coordinated a nice day for us. We booked a tour with him for our first day in Tokyo - we visited the Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, and the Outer Market. My husband was eager to try unagi during our visit and Yuki went out of his way to find a restaurant where it was being served. The tour was a fantastic introduction to Tokyo, as well as its subway system. Thank you, Yuki!

Annie S.

Dear Annie, Thank you for your review. There are shops serving eel in Tsukiji, but they were closed on Sunday. So we tried to find a good place in Asakusa. Although my favorite restaurant was not available when we arrive there after 2PM. We were lucky to find one who serves grilled eel over steamed rice for your husband. Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

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Lily C.

5 / 5
Apr 23, 2024

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Excellent tour guide!

Our tour guide was Yuki. We went to three locations in Tokyo. Yuki was very knowledgeable & very patient & went above & beyond for my friend who needed a PASMO card for our trip. Highly recommend!

Lily C.

Dear Lily, Thank you for your review. It was good to find a Passport PASMO as it’s getting harder recently. Please enjoy your stay in Japan. Thank you for talking my tour. Yuki

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