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The essence of Kamakura - A half-day trip to another world

Day Trip

Itsumi S.

3.50(2) reviews
English, French, Japanese (Native)
3 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

From Tokyo, only one hour train ride takes you to another world, Kamakura, an ancient capital of samurais.Their spirit of "Zen" still remains anywhere. The passage of time is quite different from the one of megapolis Tokyo. I think three spots express the essence of Kamakura, Great Buddha (Kotoku-in Temple), Bamboo Temple (Hokoku-ji Temple) and First Shogun's Shrine (Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman Guu).

Meeting Point

At the West exit (Nishi-guchi) of JR Kamakura station

Great Buddha (Kotoku-in Temple) --- the symbol of Kamakura

Bamboo Temple (Hokoku-ji Temple) --- the spirit of

First Shogun's Shrine (Tsuru-ga-oka Hachiman Guu)

Strolling on Wakamiya-ooji (the front approach to Shogun's Shrine)

Ending Point

At JR Kamakura station or in front of Komachi shopping street

What to Expect

I'm sure a serene atmosphere of Kamakura will greatly impress you.

At first, the open-air Great Buddha, must-see of Kamakura, will be your unforgettable scene. Then, at our second spot, a bamboo grove will introduce you to "Zen" world. If you'd like, you can have a cup of powdered green tea (Matcha) with a small japanese sweet in a teahouse looking at bamboo trees (←I recommend this ! ). And, at the third spot, Shogun's shrine (Shogun is samourai leader), I'll tell you a story of two ponds of the precinct. One is so-called "lucky" pond and another is "unlucky" one. Why ? and how ? This shrine still reflects wishes of The First Shogun more than 800 yeas ago ! And.....I'm looking forward to seeing you and telling the story of the two ponds !!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee ("One-Day-Pass)(you and guide), entrance fee (temples)

Important Information

This tour depends on the calender of the temples

Kamakura would force you to walk more than you imagine. We'll take a bus and a local train, but each temple and shrine has the large precincts. I recommend comfortable shoes.

We need One-Day-Pass(Kamakura Kankyo Tegata)to move by bus and train. Please pay 600 yen (adult) or 300 yen (age 6-12) per person (you ang guide).

Bamboo Temple requires an admission fee, 300 yen per person, if you take a tea there, plus 600 yen per person, please.

At the temple of Great Buddha, the entrance fee is 300 yen or 150 yen (age 6-12) per person.

(About your transportation fee to Kamakura, for example, from Shinjuku to Kamakura, it costs about 1,000 yen per person on JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Jarrett P.

Mar 3, 2018

Kamakura Tour

Friendly, helpful, easy to talk to guide - Bamboo garden was a highlight.

Itsumi S.

Thanks a lot, Peter. I really enjoyed with you and your family. Best, Itsumi


Sergey E.

Jan 29, 2018

Very good

on time, helpful, knowledgable

Itsumi S.

Thank you very much, Sergey. I'm really happy you enjoyed the tour. Itsumi

$114/ per group

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