There are several nice Hiking-Trails in Kamakura. Great Buddha trail is one of them.Let's walk on a trail and feel the nature of Kamakura !Kamakura was the political center of Kamakura Shogunate government (1185~1333).It's about 51km away from Tokyo and easy to access by train (around 1 hour).
at JR Kita-Kamakura station WEST EXIT or at your hotel ( pick-up Option )
at JR Kamakura station or Komachi street
This is an ideal course for tourists who want to enjoy walking through the greenery mountain path in Kamakura..
And furthermore, you can visit 6 popular sightseeing spots during the tour..
We start the tour at JR Kita- Kamakura station.
Hiking trail is about 5 km distance and an average time required is around 80 minutes.
But we walk on our own pace and have a coffee break at the pleasant café surrounded by trees on the way to Great Buddha.
Let's enjoy walking in the nature where Kamakura samurai walked 800 years ago.
9:30 Meet at WEST EXIT of Kita-Kamakura station (or at 9:00 at your hotel )
The fourth rank of the Five great Zen temples in Kamakura. Hundreds of monks used to live here for practicing Zazen (Zen meditation).
At the back of the main building, we can see Japanese graves.
In the precincts, there are two stones tied with a red thread, called "match maker stones". People come here to pray for a good match.
Zeniarai Benten (official name is Ugatsu shrine)
Zeniari means MONEY WASH. It’s said if you wash money with holy spring water, your money will be back to you more than double value.
Do yo believe?
Sasuke Inari shrine
Inari is a God (Kami) of Rice, protecting rice field and giving the farmers an abundant harvest every year.
Sasuke shrine is very photogenic Shinto shrine with many statures of fox and hundreds of red Torii (shrine gate).
Coffee break at a pleasant cafe on the trail. Let's have a rest and forest bathing with coffee, tea , juice, cake etc.
National treasure. The big bronze statue built in 1252. It’s the only National Treasure we can touch. You can enter inside of the statue from its side.
Late lunch at Hase area.
Finish the tour: at JR Kamakura station.
If you'd like, I introduce you to a “Komachi street”, attractive shopping street near the station.
A guide give you a detailed information to return to your hotel,
transportation fee for you and a guide during the tour
your lunch and food
admission fee of temples and shrines
** Option: Hotel Pick Up service i n Tokyo and Yokohama ... 2000yen
* When the bad weather conditions, I will take you to alternate sightseeing spots in Kamakura including Great Buddha, Hokokuji temple (Bamboo temple) , Jomyoji temple, Tsurugaoka-Hachiman shrine and Komachi street.
* Please wear a suitable walking-shoes and clothes for hiking.
* The hiking trail is not so difficult but there are little ups and downs.
Shizuko was great with me and my family. We had 2 kids on the tour and she accommodated all of our special requests to ensure we had an awesome time. The highlights were how she came prepared with great facts and details and how she interacted with my kids, they are 12 and 9. She is top notch and if we ever come back and need a guide we will definitely use her again. I highly recommend her services.
Dear Olivia, Thank you very much for your wonderful review for me. I really appreciated it. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I was so happy to see that your children could get their favorite toys at the Kiddy Land. And it was fun to talk and share time with your mother, too. Thank you again for having me as your guide this time. Please give my best regards to your husband, mother and lovely two children. I hope you enjoy the rest of your days in Japan and see your again someday in the future. Shizuko
We enjoyed a wonderful day with Shizuko inspite of the rainy day, she changed our tour because of the rain for other fun things to do & to see some other great site's which turned out to be a great day of enjoying Tokyo, Thankyou Shizuko for helping our tour with you being Fantasic for us 4 Aussies, Allan, Annette, Judy & David
Dear Allan, Annette, Judy and David, Thank you very much for sending me such a wonderful and warm review. Your kind review really encouraged me. And I’m so glad to know that you were satisfied with the tour with me. Because it was too heavy rain to take a waterbus and we had to change some parts of the original plan. I appreciate for having me as your guide. I hope you had enjoyed other districts in Japan, too. If I have a chance to see you again in the future, it would be great. Thank you very much again, Allan, Annette, Judy and David! Shizuko
Suzuko was our guide for two days in Tokyo. It was easy to work with her prior to our visit to develop a plan that efficiently fit in all of our wish list sights. Most importantly, she was a delight to be with—her English was perfect, she was extremely knowledgeable, was flexible when we wanted to linger or move along and quickly picked up on our interests so she could adjust the pacing and focus on information that she thought we would find interesting. She went above and beyond!!! When she met us for the second day of touring she came with tons of information for the rest of our stay. She wrote out instructions for the taxi driver to get us to the correct entrance to the Tokyo station for our bullet train, wrote out subway directions to get us there, drew a map of the relevant area of Tokyo station so we could find the office we needed to redeem our vouchers, wrote out instructions and a map of how to redeem our Suica card and gave us maps and guidebooks for Kyoto. She even texted me with restaurant recommendations while we were in Kyoto. We couldn’t have found a better guide.
Dear Eva, Thank you very much for your warm and kind review. I am so happy to know that you were satisfied with my guiding in Tokyo. Although the second day of the tour was extremely cold like winter, I was glad to complete the tour to the end. I hope you've enjoyed many things in Tokyo including a hot spring bath in Shinjuku. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Please give my best regard to Alexa. Thank you very much again, Eva.
First time in Japan and as a solo traveler and she helped me ease up on the nerves I've had and made feel more comfortable around Tokyo and the transit system. She is very knowledgeable and friendly and shown me aound from Asakusa to Shibuya on the Yamanote Line and even to Odaiba. We even went to a Maid Cafe in Akihabara, which was the highlight of the tour I would say. Haha. I still find it funny that you shown me the Statue of Liberty for the first time and as an American I never seen the New York version. A Japanese person showing an American the Statue of Liberty. Haha, I'll never forget that. Overall, sad to see the tour is over. Loved you being my guide! Would book again if I could!
Dear Eric, Thank you very much for your wonderful review for me. I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed and were satisfied with the tour with me. I myself enjoyed the touring you and had a nice experience at Maid Café especially. It was so lucky for us to enjoy their pretty dancing and singing at the stage. I had also funny feeling to guide you (an American) the Statue of Livery in JAPAN. You have a lot of plans to do in Japan, I hope my guiding will help you to get around by yourself easily all over Japan. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your days in Japan to the fullest. If I could have a chance to guide you again, it would be great. Thank you again. Shizuko