Kamakura is a small, quiet, lovely town, one hour south of Tokyo. It was Japan's political center long time ago. This tour is especially recommended for nature lovers who seek day-escape from busy Tokyo. It covers many hidden spots never attained with a large group tour. You will visit some famous spots like the Great Buddha as well. Kamakura is my hometown when I spent half of my life and I still often visitt to see my family. I'm sure you can enjoy the area just like locals do.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel or at any major station convenient for you in central Tokyo
- Meet up and get ready for hiking
- ride train to Kamakura direction
- start waking/hiking
- 150-minute attractive, relaxing hiking trail in great nature visiting acient Zen temples, local hidden shrines, and some other scenic, historical spots on the way (the time might be extended)
- I'll show you some options and visiting spots will be decided depending on your interest
- Icon of Kamakura
- Large bronze Buddha statue cast in the 13th century- National Treasure
Lunch / if we snack along the hiking trail, it can be skipped or postponed
- the rest of your attractions and destinations are up to you
- I will explaing the options
- the end of the tour
- I'll explain how to go back to your hotel. No worries!
JR station (Kamakura or Ofuna) depending on the itinerary
I was brought up in Kamakura. Since I was 10 years old, I have been walking around in the city of Kamakura with friends, family, or even by myself for decades. I know every corner of the city and its seasonal beauties.
I’m sure your experiences in Kamakura will become more memorable when you stroll around in a relaxed way. This tour is one of the best recommendations from me, Kamakura local.
1. Enjoyable hiking in the wooded hills with wild birds chirping. Authentic Kamakura experiences! We could have a picnic if the weather is good! The time needed varies from 90-120 minutes depending on how you want to enjoy the several visiting spots.
2. Visiting many small but atmospheric shrines and temples along the trail.
(Jochiji temple, Tokeiji temple, Zeniarai Benten shrine, Statue of Minamoto no Yoritomo, Sasukeinari shrine, etc.)
3. Great Buddha of Kamakura: The second largest bronze Buddha in Japan (National Treasure.) You can enjoy ‘Maccha (green-tea-flavored)’ ice-cream here that the former US President, Mr. Obama enjoyed.
4. ‘Enoden’ ride: It is a tram-like train running slowly along the coast and among houses. Views of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility.
5. Turugaoka Hachimangu shrine: Kamakura’s most important shrine. It was completed in the late 12th century by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura government.
We can visit Hasedera temple with beautiful garden instead.
■ guide fee
■ hotel pick-up
■ transportation fee (you and guide): e.g. ① JR round trip between Tokyo and Kamakura (2000 yen/adult) ② Enoden 2 rides (about 500 yen)
■ admission fee: e.g. Great Buddha (200 yen/adult) Hasedera temple (400 yen/adult)
■ Please wear comfortable shoes and outfits for hiking. Short pants and short-sleeved shirts are NOT recommended for your safety and comfort.
■ Let me remind you that we need to change the itinerary if the weather is unfavorable. I will suggest some other alternative plans in that case.
Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.
Thank you for your great review just after the tour, Shiori-san. I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed the day in Enoshima & Kamakura. I felt blessed sharing great time with your group and working with you. Anytime you plan business trip, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with you again:)
We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!
Thank you for your great review, Janice. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walking tour. Yes, we walked a lot visiting lots of beautiful historical spots and experienced seasonal fun and culture. I really enjoyed talking with you and Judy on various topics. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences in Kyoto and will in Nagano? Thank you again and hope to see you again.
We had a large group of people but Tomoko very skillfully managed to keep us all togther as we made our way around to the various sites using the train system. Tomoko was a mountain of knowledge and we all enjoyed our day with Tomoko very much.
Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the great review and for all your cooperation and positive views(even running for the museum together) while touring around the busy market and downtowns. I really enjoyed the beautiful day with you all ? Please tell my gratitude to your brother, Mark, about giving me the opportunities to share our culture and history by his asking a lot of spontaneous questions on the way. Best wishes to you, your family, and your friends.
I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.
Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne?