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Explore Kamakura Like a Local

Highlights

Masa I.

5.00(3) reviews
Kamakura
English
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 10 people

Enjoy Kamakura with a friendly local guide. Not only history and tradition, but you can also talk about many things with Masa. This town is not so far from Tokyo but different. Walk the small path, peaceful residential street with Masa. You will understand and enjoy Japan much more.

Meeting Point

JR Kitakamakura station

09:00 AM

The hidden Kamakura gems

We will meet up at the Kita-Kamakura Station. It's one hour from Tokyo.

In the morning, we will visit some hidden gems such as local temples and shrines. We walk on the small alley or off-beaten path. If you like hiking, we go through the trail.


09:10 AM

Engakuji Zen Temple

The first gem, we visit the Engakuji temple, one of the most respected Zen Buddhism temples.

Though it's a big Zen temple, it's calm and peaceful in the morning. We walk in the temple area and will find Buddhism statues, Japanese gardens, and small pavilions. You will feel the Zen mind there.

10:30 AM

Old path walking, and the hidden Kamakura gems

We walk along the 700-year-old path.

The magical spring water in the Zeniarai shrine is believed to make your money double. Really? Sasuke Inari is the shrine for success. There are many red Torii gate and fox figures. Those have been loved by the Kamakura people for a long time.

12:00 PM

Lunch break at central Kamakura

We will take a one-hour lunch break at central Kamakura.

There are many restaurants and cafes.If you request, the guide takes you to a recommended restaurant and attends your lunch. No additional guide fee, but please pay for the meal of the guide to the restaurants.

01:00 PM

Kamakura highlights

In the afternoon, we will visit some must-see spots such as the Bamboo temples and the Great Buddha.

Those places are worth visiting. However, this tour is not just to visit many famous sites. From one place to the next, we walk an alley or move by public transportation like locals. The guide will explain not only history and tradition but also about modern people and lifestyles.

01:20 PM

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

The first highlight is the shrine founded about 800 years ago by a Samurai.

You will find many Japanese traditions and customs. Your guide will explain it. At the main shrine, we will make a greeting to the deities the same as local people. Let's try it together!

02:20 PM

Hokokuji Temple

The next highlight, Hokokuji Temple is known as the Bamboo Temple.

We will observe some beautiful gardens and the famous bamboo forest. If you prefer green tees, they offer matcha green tea at the cafe. You can drink tea watching the bamboo forest.

03:40 PM

Great Buddha

The third highlight, the Great Buddha is an 11 meters high bronze statue built about 700 years ago.

It's a magnificent landmark of Kamakura. The guide will explain how to make the statue. The story of the Great Buddha and the earthquakes is also impressive. If it's a comfortable evening, it's a good idea to stroll along the beach.

04:00 PM

Kamakura station

We will finish the tour at Kamakura station.

If you have time after the tour, Komachi-Dori shopping street near the station is the best to buy some souvenirs.

Ending Point

JR Kamakura station

What to Expect

Kamakura is a beautiful traditional city. It's not the same as Tokyo.

You can visit both of the famous and hidden sites in Kamakura.

The guide was born and grown up in Japan.

Masa is a knowledgeable, friendly local guide.

Masa likes talking with guests. On the way, you can ask Masa many things. You will understand Japan and Japanese people through the conversation. It will make your stay in Japan more fruitful.


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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee


What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you from/to your hotel and Kamakura

Transportation cost of you during the tour (about 600 yen per person)

Entrance fee of you for the temples/shrines (about 1000 yen per person per day)

Lunch of you (about 1500 yen per person)

Beverages

Important Information

I'm a vaccinated tour guide for COVID-19.

I will make the best itinerary for you with your preferences. On this tour we move by walking and public transportations because those are the best way to know about the town.

If you like walking, I would plan more walking tours.

If you'd like to avoid many walks, don't worry, I would plan a tour by bus and local trains. Taxi and rikisha require extra cost.

I would make the itinerary according to the communication.

Thank you.

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

Reviews

Antoine P.

Sep 9, 2021

Great visit of Akihabara

Masa is a great guide, he has a lot of knowledge about Japan and I had a great time with him

Masa I.

Hi Antoine! Yes, we had a good walking and talking like locals. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you.

N

Noriko S.

May 26, 2021

Japanese Samurai Town History Walk

The tour was well prepared. Masa was knowledgeable and easy to speak with. I would like to visit Kamakura and hire Masa as a tour guide.

Masa I.

Hi Noriko! I'm very happy to hear that. Thank you. Masa

Quantic school of business and technology N.

Apr 19, 2021

Great tour with Masa!

Our company did a virtual tour with Masa and we learned all about Japanese culture, religion, and practices. The tour was informative, insightful, and personable. Masa was a great tour guide and a lot of fun. Highly recommend.

$75/ per person

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