Kamakura, Field Trip

Ryu O.

5.00(4) reviews
Kamakura
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

You can make a one day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo (about 1 hour by train). Kamakura is an ancient Samurai Warriors Capital, and there are many attractive places to visit. Field Trip is designed to meet your needs. If you have any question or request, please feel free to contact me.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At JR Kamakura Station, JR Kita-Kamakura Station, or (If we meet at your hotel in Tokyo or Yokohama, an additional charge is required.)

1. Hiking to meet Great Buddha

2. Power Spots for Money, Love, and Business Success

3. Slam Dank & Enoshima

4. Bamboo Temple and Tea Ceremony

5. Zen Practice in Solemn Temple (Fridays and Saturdays)

6. Kamakura Vegetables and Healthy Meal

7. June Special: Walk in the Flowers (Hydrangeas)

Ending Point

At JR Kamakura Station, JR Kita-Kamakura Station

What to Expect

All tours are basically walking tours, but we take Enoden Train or bus as appropriate. These are examples. Tour plan can be arranged according to your request.

●1. Hiking to meet Great Buddha

Kamakura is surrounded by wooded hill and faces to the ocean on the other side. It is a lot of fun to trace on trails where ancient Samurai warriors used to walk. You will see Daibutsu Kiritoshi, a Cutting Road, which used to be one of the seven entrances to the city of Kamakura. You will meet Great Buddha in the end of the trail. Before going into the trail, we will visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the icon of the city, and Jufukuji Temple which has a beautiful stone-paved approach.

Plan: JR Kamakura Station (9:00) – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine - Jufukuji Temple – Hiking Trail (Daibutsu Kiritoshi, a cutting road) – Great Buddha – Komachi Shopping Street – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

●2. Power Spots for Money, Love, and Business Success

There are many places that give you power and energy. You will wash your money with holly water in Zeniarai-Benten Shrine to make it a fortune. Kuzuharaoka Shrine will give you a good luck in your romance. If you are thinking of getting rid of old love and trying to make a fresh start, I can take you to Tokeiji Temple (Temple for fresh start). You may make good in your business when you visit Sasuke Inari Shrine because the shrine is said to have supported Yoritomo to be promoted to Shogun, a top of the Samurai Worriers for the first time in Japanese history. He was selected as one of the Time magazine’s most important people in the millennium together with Napoleon, Edison, Beethoven.

Plan: JR Kita-Kamakura Station (9:00) – Tokeiji Temple (Fresh Start) – Jochiji Temple – walk short trail to Kuzuharagaoka Shrine (Love) – Zeniarai Benten Shrine (Money) – Sasuke Inari Shrine (Business Success) – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

●3. Slam Dunk & Enoshima

Kamakura is loved by everyone. It is often used for filming movies and TV dramas, and even for animation scene. Slam Dunk is one of the most popular anime series worldwide. You can see the same view that Hanamichi Sakuragi, a teenager of the story, sees: combination of a cute Enoden Train and the Ocean in front of Kamako-Mae Station is beautiful. Enoshima, often compared to Mont Saint-Michel, is a mysterious beautiful Island. Legend says an Angel (a heavenly maiden) flied down to the island and beat a bad Dragon. The Dragon turned out to be good, got married with the Angel, and they lived happily ever after.

*Even if you’re not Slam Dunk fan, this is a picturesque setting.

Plan: JR Kamakura Station (9:00) – Gokurakuji Temple (Popular for TV dramas) – Kamako-Mae (Slam Dunk) – Enoshima Island (Angel Shrine, Enoshima Tower, Dragon Cave) – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

●4. Bamboo Temple and Tea Ceremony

Hokokuji Temple, which was loved by Yasunari Kawabata, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, is one of the most popular temples in Kamakura. Standing in the bamboo forest makes you feel like you are in another world. In Jomyoji Temple, you will enjoy casual tea ceremony watching a beautiful Japanese garden in front of you. Sugimotodera is an old temple, and Nio guardians (Wisdom Kings) welcome you in the front gate. The stone step which was covered by green moss looks attractive.

Plan: JR Kamakura Station (9:00) – Hokokuji Temple (Bamboo) – Jyomyoji Temple (Tea) – Sugimotodera Temple – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – Komachi Shopping Street – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

●5. Zen Practice in Solemn Temple (Fridays and Saturdays*)

Zen mindfulness, which is the base of various Japanese culture to be proud of, started here from Kamakira. Engakuji is one of the most prestigious Zen temples in Japan. On Saturdays, it is opened to beginners for Zen practice. Kenchoji Temple, rank No 1 of Rinzai School, also give you an opportunity to practice Zen in the evening of Fridays and Saturdays

*Need confirmation if Zen Practice is opened on the day

Plan A: Zen Practice (Saturdays): JR Kita-Kamakura Station (9:00) – Tokeiji Temple – Meigetuin – Engakuji Temple (Zen 13:00- 14:20) – Myooin (Judges of the afterlife) – Turugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – Komachi Shopping Street – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

Plan B: Zen Practice (Fridays & Saturdays): JR kamakura Station (13:00) – Komachi Shopping Street – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shirine – Myooin (Judges of the afterlife) – Kenchoji Temple (Zen 17:00 – 18:00) – JR Kitakamakura Station (18:30)

●6. Kamakura Vegetable and Healthy Meal

Japanese food culture took off from Zen Buddhism; Buddhist monks eat healthy vegetable base meal. Kamakura vegetables, which are served in many restaurants, are organic and tenderly grown. They are good!

For example, "Brown Rice with Enzyme", which is specially cooked by Cosmo Kitchen (Macrobiotic and Healthy Food Restaurant), is nutritious and tasteful containing a lot of minerals. It makes you beautiful and healthy from inside of your body.

*Lunch price is not included in guide fee (around 2,000 JPY/ person depending on the restaurant)

*If Cosmo Kitchen is not open on the day, we will find other restaurant.

Plan: JR Kamakura Station (9:00) – Hasedera Temple – Great Buddha – Yuigahama Street – Cosmo Kitchen (Healthy Food Restaurant) – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – Komachi Shopping Street – JR Kamakura Station (15:00)

●7. June Special: Walk in the Flowers (Hydrangeas*)

This plan only opens in June during Hydrangeas’ season.

You can best enjoy Kamakura during flower season, especially Hydrangeas in June. Since the flower temples are very crowded by tourists in its high season, I recommend you come to Kamakura at 7:30 AM in the morning. You will have an overwhelming experience. Hasedera Temple has Hydrangeas with a variety of colors. On the other hand, Meigetsuin Temple in Kita-Kamakura is famous for its all blue-colored Hydrangeas. In Jojuin Temple, Hydrangeas are beautiful against a background of the ocean.

*Best season for Hydrangeas will be middle to end of June, but blooming timing varies according to the weather of the season.

Plan: JR Kamakura Station (7:30) – Hasedera Temple (Hydrangeas) – Great Buddha – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – Komachi Shopping Street – JR Kamakura Station (13:30)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

● guide fee

● transportation fee for your guide

What‘s not included

● your transportation fee

*around 500 JPY/ adult depending on the tour in Kamakura

*transportation fee from Tokyo to Kamakura is around 1,000 JPY/ adult (one way)

*transportation fee from Yokohama to Kamakura is around 400 JPY/ adult (one way)

● entrance fee (you and guide)

*200-300 JPY/ adult for each temple/shrine

*1,000 JPY/ adult for Enoshima Island including Enoshima Tower and Dragon Cave)

*most of entrance fees to temples and shrines are free for guide but some of them are requested.

● lunch, cafe (you and guide)

*around 2,000 JPY/ person for causal lunch (recommended)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Nurul I.

Feb 4, 2019

Awesome tour and excellent guide!

Ryu was an excellent guide and the tour was awesome! I dont think I would be able to survive Japan without him! Very knowledgable with the whole area, even brought me to lively small alley which I dont think I would encounter by myself. Only the local would know. If you want to experience it like a local or at least close to local, dont hesistate to book him as your guide. Im satisfied with the tour and really we went through all the places we planned (or probably more?). He even sent me back when he didnt have too. Really appreciate that! Thank you again for the amazing tour! On the next day I could venture out alone confidently though it did feel a little different without him around.

Ryu O.

Hi Nurul, I am very glad you enjoyed my tour. It is me who had a good time with you. I always learn something new from people in other countries. That is my privilege and motivation to be a tour guide. You're nice girl. I am quite sure your travel experience would enrich your life. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the stay in Japan and safely be back to your country.

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Bill H.

Apr 29, 2018

Excellent traditional Japanese guide

We used Ryu twice while we were in Japan. The first was a day trip from Yokohama cruise port to Kamakura with two other couples from the ship. The second was a day tour of Tokyo highlights for my wife and I. In both cases we found Ryu to be very knowedgeable, friendly, and informative. On the Kamakura tour we especially enjoyed the french restaurant (recomended by his wife!) he took us to - it was very good & an appreciated break from all the asian food we had been eating for the past several weeks. Ryu provided great background knowledge of the sights we were seeing and taught us a lot about historical Japan. He was very flexible and willing to customize the tours to our needs & interests. He was also extremely helpful with solving other problems we had, especially in arranging taxis for us to get from the Yokohama cruise port to our hotel in Tokyo and then from the hotel to Narita airport. Ryu is a very accommodating, professional guide and we highly recommend him for your visit to Japan.

Ryu O.

Dear Bill and Lynne, Thank you for your nice message. I really enjoyed touring with you. I also feel relieved that you came back to your home safely. Hope to see you some day again. Take care of yourself! Best Regards, Ryu Oi

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Todd T.

Apr 12, 2018

Expert guide with great planning

My son and I had a desire to see Japanese car culture at highway parking areas in Tokyo and Yokohama. no other guide on TripleLights was as enthusiastic about helping us out Ryu took time to do research prior to our tour and did a fantastic job. he even organized a taxi for us to drive my family of 5 around the whole time. We even left my sons jacket in the taxi and the driver was nice enough to bring it back to us later.

Ryu O.

Hi Todd, I also enjoyed guiding you very much. I was excited seeing Skyline GTR, costumed version, as much as you did. Did you find your roots in Nagoya? If you want to see something special next time in Japan, I will research it beforehand. Let me know. I didn't know your son left his jacket in the taxi, but I am pleased to hear you get it back. I am checking your Instagram. See you!

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Pinkie G.

Jul 14, 2017

An amazing tour guide!

We had a great tour to Kamakura with Ryu. He was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, and was great with our kids. We were a family of 8 people that included 3 kids (twin 6-year-olds and a 12-year-old). We went to all the places we were interested in and had time for shopping. We are from the US and understood Ryu perfectly. We never felt lost or rushed. The tour was great!

Ryu O.

Thank you, Pinkie, for your very kind feedback. I was lucky to see such a beautiful family like you. I enjoyed traveling Kamakura as much as you did. There are still many attractive places to visit in Japan. Hope to see you some day.

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