Kamakura Day Hike with Local Expert

Day Trip

Tomoko H.

4.92(103) reviews
Kamakura
English, Japanese (Native)
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At your hotel or at any major station convenient for you in central Tokyo

08:00

Your hotel or any place of your convenience in Tokyo

- Meet up and get ready for hiking

- ride train to Kamakura direction

09:30

JR Kitakamakura station

- start waking/hiking

10:00

ancient Zen temples and local Shinto shrines (such as Tokeiji, Jochiji, Zeniarai Benten shrine, etc.)

- 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

12:30

Great Buddha (Daibutsu)

- Icon of Kamakura

- Large bronze Buddha statue cast in the 13th century- National Treasure

*200 yen/adult

13:10

Local restaurant

Lunch / if we snack along the hiking trail, it can be skipped or postponed

14:30

Hasedera temple / Enoden street car ride / Seaside / Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

- the rest of your attractions and destinations are up to you

- I will explaing the options

17:00

JR train station (Kamakura or Ofuna)

- the end of the tour

- I'll explain how to go back to your hotel. No worries!

Ending Point

JR station (Kamakura or Ofuna) depending on the itinerary

What to Expect

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.

Want to personalize this tour?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

■ guide fee

■ hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

■ 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)

■ lunch

■ admission fee: e.g. Great Buddha (200 yen/adult) Hasedera temple (400 yen/adult)

Important Information

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. You can find the counter of a few insurance companies at the airport when you arrive. ★ Free pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards. For other places, the extra charge will be added depending on the distance and the time necessary. ★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time. ☆I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me before booking. ☆Kamakura Hiking trails are partially unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoons hitting the area in September & October, 2019. ※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

■ 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.

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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Shiori T.

Feb 15, 2020

We had a great time!

Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.

Tomoko H.

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:)

J

Janice K.

Feb 5, 2020

Tokyo by Tomoko

We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!

Tomoko H.

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.

P

Paul O.

Jan 25, 2020

Walking Tour

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.

Tomoko H.

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

Ian L.

Jan 16, 2020

Highlights of Tokyo

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.

Tomoko H.

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?

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