Let me customize your half-day tour based on your requests or preference adding my recommendation out of my experience regarding the season, weather, ...
at JR Kamakura Station (or at Your Hotel at additional charge $20.00 )
at JR Kamakura Station (or at Your Hotel at additional charge $20.00 )
Let me customize your half-day tour based on your requests or preference adding my recommendation out of my experience regarding the season, weather, and so on. In terms of time, a half- day trip will allow you to pick up one area out of the five ( The areas Ⅰto Ⅴ, written below) in addition to the central area which is the must -stop in Kamakura.
Area Ⅰ: West Side of Kamakura Station
Area Ⅱ: Hase Area
Area Ⅲ: Kita-Kamakura Area (North Kamakura)
Area Ⅳ: Kanazawa Street Area
Area Ⅴ: Zaimokuza Beach Area
Central Area: Including Hachiman-gu Shrine, Komachi-dori Shopping Street, JR Kamakura Station.
Your destinations are supposed to be one area of your choice from the five, plus, central area.
If you ask me, I'd be delighted to show my special lists.
★Plan 1: Shrines Where I Feel Mystical Energy Flow that Gives Me Good Luck and Power
1. Hachiman-gu Shrine (in the Central Area )
2. Zeniarai Benten ( in Area Ⅰ)
3. Sasuke-inari Shrine ( in Area Ⅰ)
< A 20-minute walk from Kamakura St. to this area. Wearing comfortable shoes is recommended.>
★Plan 2: Overwhelmingly Big Buddhist Statues that I Love in Kamakura
1. Great Amida Buddha in Kotoku-in Temple ( in Area Ⅱ)
2. Kannon Bodhisattva (Goddess of Marcy) in Hase-dera Temple ( in Area Ⅱ)
< A 10-minute ride on a tram train from Kamakura St. to this area.>
★Plan 3: Soothing Buddhist Statues That Give Me Peace of Mind While Facing
1. Sakyamuni Wearing a Crown in Engaku-ji Temple ( in Area Ⅲ)
2. Standing Sho Kannon Bodhisattva in Tokei-ji Temple ( in Area Ⅲ)
< Getting off the train from Tokyo at Kita-Kamakura St will do.>
★Plan 4: Temples Surrounded by Quiet Gardens or Woods that Refresh Me
1. Jomyo-ji Temple ( in Area Ⅳ)---If you want to have a tea time, they serve a bowl of green tea with a dry sweet in the Japanese tea ceremony style.
2. Hokoku-ji Temple ( in Area Ⅳ)
3 Sugimoto-dera Temple ( in Area Ⅳ)
< A 10-minute ride on a bus from Kamakura St. to this area.>
★Plan 5: Temples with open space in the Huge Precincts that Make Me Forget the Busy Everyday Life
1. Komyo-ji Temple (in Area Ⅴ）--- If you are interested, they provide a set of genuine Buddhist monk's vegetarian meal (only lunch) for around 5000 yen/person. Reservation is necessary. < 10-minute ride on a bus from Kamakura St. to this temple.>
2. Myohon-ji Temple (in Area Ⅴ） < 15-minute walk from Kamakura St. to this temple.>
There are more spots that are worth visiting other than above in each area.
Kamakura is an attractive tourist destination that is located in the south of Tokyo. Only a one-hour train ride from Tokyo takes you to this beautiful ancient capital. About 800 years ago, a leader of samurai warriors started ruling the country and the center of his military government was situated in Kamakura.
There are a lot of old temples and shrines that creates its distinctive character and historically meaningful fascination. Kamakua was also home to Zen Buddhism that was widely received as the spiritual pillar for samurai warriors
The city is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the ocean and mountains, and you can enjoy plenty of flowers in each season. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you.
Kamakura, a home to samurai culture and Zen Buddhism, is neighborhood of where I live and one of my living rooms that I'd really love to invite you to. I am also happy to share some exclusive info that only local residents know, as I show you around the place.
*transportation fee for your guide
*your transportation fee
In case you come from Tokyo area, railway's one-way ticket from Tokyo to Kamakura costs you about 1000 yen/ adult.
In addition, after arriving at Kamakura; required transportation fee is as follows.
Plan 1: A 20-minute walk only. All you need is your comfortable shoes.
Plan 2: A 10-minute ride on a tram train. The round trip costs 380 yen / adult.
Plan 3: A 5-minute ride on a JR train from Kita-Kamakura to Kamakura costs 130 yen. One way will do.
Plan 4: A 10-minute ride on a bus. The round trip costs you 400/ adult.
Plan 5: The bus fare to and from Komyo-ji Temple is 400 yen/ adult. A 15-minute walk to Myohon-ji Temple.
Plan 1: No entrance fee is necessary.
Plan 2: Great Buddha--- 200 yen / adult, Hase-dera Temple---300 yen / adult
Plan 3: Engaku-ji Temple---300 yen / adult, Tokei-ji Temple---200 yen / adult, Tokei-ji museum----400 yen / adult
Plan 4: Hokoku-ji Temple---200 yen / adult, Jomyo-ji Temple---200 yen / adult, Sugimoto-dera Temple---200 yen / adult
Plan 5: No entrance fee is necessary.
Only day trips are available. No night tours.
Hiro was extraordinary as our guide in Kamakura. She communicated often and clearly even before our tour... She not only confirmed what sites would be most interesting to us - she explained the easiest train to schedules to get us to Kamakura (SO helpful from busy Shinjuku!) Our day was a perfect blend of both popular and more secluded) peaceful temples, with very easy transport / walks between each area. Our favorite thing... Hiro had made each of us a bookmark with Japanese Kanji of each of our names! Beautiful and unexpected. We never were rushed... Which made for an even more relaxing day. Finally, Hiroko stayed well beyond the original tour end time in order to ensure we were safely back on the correct train to Tokyo From our arrival to our hugs at departure.. a perfect day. Thank you Hiroko!
Thank you very much for your wonderful review to me! In fact, I was the happiest guide having you three as my guests. On the day, I really enjoyed every minute of the tour. I really love your way of appreciating Kamakura, a home to Zen Buddhism in Japan. I was so impressed. You were trying to enjoy yourselves in the nature, in a moment of time flow of long history, in the quietness or "the sound of silence :-)" and you were also trying to feel the sun, air, and energy from the earth by cherishing small flowers or plants. It's also told in this story that your husband took so many pictures of flowers until his smartphone battery ran out. I'm glad to hear you had a relaxing day. I hope you were able to recharge your battery to get back to your everyday lives. Thanks again, Amy, for giving me the unforgettable wonderful day! Hiro
Hiro was amazing!! My husband, in-laws, and I did a Christmas Eve tour with Hiro in Kamakura and she absolutely made our day so special. So sweet and an absolute pleasure to be with. She had great information, recommendations & stories that really made our trip unforgettable. We would have only gotten 1/10 of the experience & driven ourselves crazy trying to figure out how to get to all the places we wanted to see. Did you know you could go inside Kōtoku-in?? We didn't and I dont think we would have figured it out without Hiro there to guide us. She even took us to an awesome lunch spot that we would never have found ourselves. I recommend Hiro to anyone visiting Kamakura!! Also, Hiro made us realize just how much a guide can improve the experience, so because of how awesome she was, right after tour we booked two guides on TripleLights for our stay in Kyoto!
Hello, Victoria! Thank you very much for the wonderful review and the message on the Kamakura tour. I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed the day. I am not a Christian, though, I also had an unforgettable Christmas Eve that I’d never had before, because I was with you all, the wonderful family. You all are so nice, and it's really nice to know you respect each other. I was so impressed when I was able to know your deep respect to this country’s culture as well. Thank you very much for your great interest and listening to my talks. You are such a happy family, and on that day, I was the happiest guide in Japan. Thanks again! Hiro
We had a great time , Hiro had an amazing amount of local knowledge.
Michael, thank you very much for the nice review and your comment. It's a lot of fun talking with you three. You all are such wonderful people with a sense of humor in addition to courteous manners. Also what you talked to me interested me a lot. I really had a great time, too. It would be great happiness, if you'd remember me when you come to Japan again. Thank you very much, again. Take care! Hiro
Hiro is a knowledgeable guide. Knew exactly what I was looking for to enjoy in Kamakura. Very pleasant person and excellent communication skills.