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The Kamakura Shogunate, established by Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1192, marked the beginning of feudal military government. This period was characterized by the rise of the samurai class and the establishment of a feudal system. It was also marked by both the patronage of Buddhism by the ruling class and the rise of new Buddhist movements that catered to the spiritual needs of the samurai and common people alike. We will explore these facts by visiting some temples and shrines.

Kamakura Tour Guide - Macky H.
Macky H.
5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

At the exit of Kita-Kamakura Station

09:10 AM

Engakuji Temple

The Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism became particularly popular during the Kamakura period closely tied to the sociopolitical climate of the time and the specific needs and values of the ruling samurai class.

Engakuji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in Japan, and its founding is deeply connected to the events of the period and the popularity of Zen Buddhism. It was established in 1282 by the ruling regent Hojo Tokimune after the second invasion attempt by the Mongols.

While visiting Engakuji Temple, we will explore these historical facts in detail.

10:30 AM

Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji was founded in 1253 by Rankei Doryu, a Chinese Zen master, under the patronage of Hojo Tokiyori, the fifth regent of the Kamakura shogunate. The strong support from the Hojo regency, the ruling power of the time, played a significant role in elevating Kenchoji's status. The Hojo clan's patronage was not just a reflection of their personal devotion to Zen Buddhism but also a strategic move to cultivate strong ties with influential religious institutions and thereby consolidate their political power.

Kenchoji Temple holds the distinction of being the first Zen training monastery in Japan and was considered the most prestigious of the Kamakura Gozan (the five great Zen temples of Kamakura) during the Kamakura period.

Visiting this temple, we will explore how the Rinzai Sect temples were constructed and also roles of each buildings.

12:00 PM

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine held an extremely important role during the Kamakura period for several reasons, closely tied to its religious significance, its political symbolism, and its connection with the Minamoto clan, particularly Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate.

The shrine became not just a religious center but also a symbol of the Kamakura Shogunate's authority and power. It was a venue for important state ceremonies, festivals, and events that reinforced the shogunate's legitimacy and power.

It is still one of the most famous shrines in Japan and so many people visit during the New Year's Days.

We would like to explore why it is so prosperous from its establishment till now.

01:00 PM

Komachidoori Shopping Street

Komachidoori is a charming and vibrant shopping street in Kamakura, known for its unique blend of traditional and modern elements. It is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, offering a variety of experiences and goods.

It is situated in the heart of Kamakura, extending from the east of Kamakura Station towards the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The street is lined with numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants. The architecture and layout reflect a blend of traditional Japanese style and modern convenience, creating a welcoming environment for visitors.

We walk through the shopping street from Hachimangu Shrine to Kamakura Station. On the way, we have lunch at one of these restaurants on the street.

03:00 PM

Kotokuin Temple/Great Buddha

After the lunch we take Enoden train at Kamakura Station to Hase Station and walk to Kotokuin Temple.

Kotokuin Temple, with its iconic Great Buddha, is one of the most famous and historically significant landmarks in Kamakura. This temple and its monumental Buddha statue have a rich history and are deeply embedded in the cultural and spiritual fabric of the region.

The Great Buddha is not only a symbol of the spiritual heritage of Kamakura but also a masterpiece of Japanese art and sculpture. The statue embodies the Amida Buddha's qualities of compassion and infinite light. It is a revered icon of Buddhism and a testament to the religious devotion and artistic skill of the period.

03:40 PM

Hasedera Temple

Hasedera Temple is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, intricate architecture and its statue of the Eleven-Faced Goddess of Mercy, known as Kannon. The temple is set on a hillside, offering breathtaking views of the town and the ocean. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds, walking paths, and seasonal flowers. The temple is particularly famous for its hydrangea path, which blooms vibrantly in early summer.

The main attraction of Hasedera Temple is the massive wooden statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. It is one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan, standing at approximately 9.18 meters tall. The statue, with its eleven faces, is said to represent Kannon's ability to observe suffering in all directions and to respond with compassion.

Ending Point

Kamakura Station

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What‘s not included

Local transportation fees and admission fees to the temples are not included.

Lunch is not included either.


The admission fees for the temples are as follows;

Engakuji Temple: Yen 500

Kenchoji Temple: Yen 500

Kotokuin Temple: Yen 300

Hasedera Temple: Yen 400

Tour Important Information

* The Kamakura period was a time of significant Buddhism transformation and innovation. This period saw the establishment of several new Buddhist sects, which were distinct in their approach and teachings compared to the older, established schools of Buddhism.This tour convers only two Buddhist sects of Rinzai sect and Jodo sect.

* "Treasure Display Ceremony" at Engakuji Temple's Shariden is a special event where the temple's treasures, including the precious tooth relic of the Buddha housed in the Shariden, are displayed to the public. This event is part of the temple's annual observances and traditionally takes place on Nov 3 to 5.

* From time to time there are wedding ceremonies at the Maiden Stage in Hachimangu Shrine. If you are lucky, you may see it very closely.

* Yabusame, the traditional Japanese mounted archery ritual, is performed several times a year at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura. The ritual is known for its vibrant display of archery skills, where archers clad in traditional samurai attire shoot arrows at targets while riding on galloping horses. The event is a spectacular display of traditional martial arts and is deeply rooted in Shinto tradition, aiming to appease the kami (gods) and pray for peace and prosperity. The Yabusame rituals at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are typically held at the Kamakura Festival in the third week of April and the Grand Festival of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine held in mid-September.

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Kamakura Tour Reviews

Awesome day around Mt Fuji

Macky took me to multiple places around Mt Fuji I would have never know about. Several great views of Mt Fuji from the various stops. He was very kind and informative. I can't imagine how I could have made the day any better!

Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, flexible, accommodating, and fun!

Our day with Macky was excellent. In every way, Macky delivered. We had a full itinerary planned, and even with a last minute request to change one of our stops from a bike ride to a winery visit, Macky was able to accommodate. If you are looking for a guide that will find a way to squeeze in all that you want to do within a short time frame without sacrificing the integrity of your trip, Macky is your guide. Prior to our tour, Macky sent us a detailed itinerary down to the hour (while also allowing for flexibility). He really listened to what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish in one day and he made it all happen. Macky is a great tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about Japan who will work with your requests and make sure your day/tour is time extremely well-spent. Thank you, Macky!

Aubrey W.

Dear Aubrey, It was really pleasure to have you guided the areas where you can see Mt. Fuji. Thank you very much for rating your high evaluation to my guide. I really appreciated your comments. I will work hard to make my guests more enjoyable in my guided tour in the future. I hope you have enjoyed tours in Tokyo and return to your home safely. I wish you and your parents have healthy and enjoyable life. Best regards, Macky Hagiya

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