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.
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Tokyo Station Your hotel is also available. In this case, we will leave the hotel earlier so the itinerary as to be on time.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
We will visit old temples and a shine which were founded in 14th C. or older.
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.
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.
Guide Fee, Hotel Pick Up in 23 Wards of Tokyo, Admission Fee(Guide)
Transportation Fee (You and Guide), Lunch(You and Guide), Admission Fee(You)
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
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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