Kamakura, the Ancient Capital

Kazuo F.

5.00(2) reviews
Kamakura
English, Japanese (Native)
8.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Kamakura is one hour away from Tokyo by train and was once a capital city in 13-14th C. There are many old temples and shrines founded in the era. They have tastes of Samurai culture, different from those in Kyoto. We will walk from Kita-kamakura to central Kamakura visiting a big Zen temple, Kentyoji and a popular shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and four small temples of interesting features.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Tokyo Station Your hotel is also available. In this case, we will leave the hotel earlier so the itinerary as to be on time.

Tokeiji Temple

Kenchoji Temple

Ennouji Temple

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Sugumotodera Temple

Ending Point

Tokyo Station

What to Expect

We will visit old temples and a shine which were founded in 14th C. or older.

1. Tokeiji

This Buddhism temple had an unique feature as a divorce temple in feudal era. Now it is popular with a beautiful garden and timber architectures. We visit a main hall to see a main image and stroll a grave yard. Cave graves are found only in Kamakura area.

2. Kenchoji

It is the first Zen temple in Kamakura, and has the status of the first among the great five in Kamakura. Big timber architectures are arranged straight as a typical Zen temple. You will meet a big Zizo Bodhisattva image in the main hall. A dragon picture on the ceiling is gazing down at you in the lecture hall. It is a calm experience to watch a Japanese garden from the backside of Hojo, an accommodation of monks.

3. Ennouji Temple

This small temple worships Yama, who judges whether a dead person is sent to the Heaven or the Hell. You will meet several Yamas sitting inside the hall with horrible expression.

4. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

It is the most popular tourist site in Kamakura. There are several sub-shrines with each features in the big ground. Ponds and trees are beautiful. A marriage celebration is held at the dancing stage in a central square on occasion. Beside it, many colorful sake barrels are stacked, which were consumed in rituals. The main hall is vivid red color with various decorations. A pair of samurai image watch visitors at the gate for protection. Inner main hall is solemn.

5. Sugimotodera temple

It is the oldest temple in Kamakura, founded in 8th C., and famous with beautiful stone steps covered with green moss. It worships Kannon Bodhisattva. You will find several kinds of Kannon images inside the main hall with a thatched roof.

6. Houkokuji Temple

This small Zen temple is famous for a bamboo grove, to which a place of Tengan-Ekou's cottage turned in long years. He was the first priest of this temple in 14th C. It is enjoyable to walk in green of the bamboos.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee, Hotel Pick Up in 23 Wards of Tokyo, Admission Fee(Guide)

What‘s not included

Transportation Fee (You and Guide), Lunch(You and Guide), Admission Fee(You)

Important Information

Any day available, except some paticular days.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is other cost?

Please see bellow.

1. Admission Fee 1100Yen/person for 4 temples

2. Transportation Fee 2160Yen/person including roundtrip between Tokyo and Kamakura

3. Transportation Fee of Guide to Meeting Point 960Yen

How long will we walk?

In the tour, we will walk from Kita-Kamakura station to Kamakura station via. first four sites.

The distance will be about 4.7km(2.9 mile).

A part of walk can be replaced by bus.

We use bus to Sugumotodera Temple.

Taxi or private transportation is also available. Please inquire.

Can we meet at Kita-Kamakura station?

Of course.

In this case, the tour begins at Kita-Kamakura Station, AM10:00, and end at Kamakura Station, PM4:30. Guide fee is revised according to the time of tour. Please inquire.

Reviews

Chris B.

Dec 10, 2019

Kazuo is so passionate and detail oriented to help you have an amazing trip

Kazuo went way beyond what almost any other guide would do for me by helping me plan my trip in detail in advance since so many things require advance booking, planning, etc. He was fantastic!

Kazuo F.

Dear Chris Thank you for writing such a very good evaluation for me. My job was given priority to arranging your travel. I was deeply impressed by your will to have your son much pleasure in this travel. And I concentrated on it. Your satisfaction is my joy. I am looking forward to assist you also in your next travel. Best Regards, Kazuo

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Jane W.

Sep 16, 2019

Excellent, knowledgebale guide!

Kazuo is really a gentleman, his English is excellent ,and his historical and cultural knowledge of Japan are excellent. Our group was 4 adults and we spent a day with Kazuo seeing incredible places hat would have been very hard to find by ourselves. Kazuo did a lot of research for our trip and he was an excellent guide. I would not hesitate to hire him again, and I highly recommend him! Lastly, our guide took us to a very reasonably priced Japanese restaurant that had very good food for about $10 a person. Kazuo really listens to what you say you want to do, and he is very flexible. We spent a whole day with him and will definitely book with him again!

Kazuo F.

Jane, I really appreciate such a good evaluation to me. Your requirements were basic knowledge of Japanese history and culture, and preparation for your own stroll in Tokyo later. According to these criteria, I gathered visiting sites in nearby area and stacked into the tour. As my prospect may have been rather optimistic, the time was nearly running out. But the delay was suppressed by your suggestion. All of you seemed to enjoy the tour. It was a wonderful experience also for me. I deeply thank you and am looking forward to next guide for you.

$272/ per group

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