Special one day walking tour in Kamakura

Highlights

Eiko S.

4.92(48) reviews
Kamakura
English, Japanese (Native)
7.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Kamakura is one of three ancient capitals of Japan, filled with historical temples and shrines and traditional culture. But things are different from those in Kyoto because Kamakura thrived under samurai government; simple but solemn and energetic. Also its beautiful nature adds extra tastes. Kamakura is one of my favorite places, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!! This tour also takes you to 'Masamune' swordsmith workshop and green tea experience. Please join me!!

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

Meeting Point

At your hotel

08:50 AM

your hotel lobby

Your private guide is waiting at your hotel lobby

10:10 AM

Kamakura Station

10:30 AM

Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha)

Kotokuin's Great Buddha has been sitting there for about 700 years, and a symbol of Kamakura. It is designated as a national treasure and definitely a must see spot!

11:10 AM

Hase Temple

Hase's eleven-headed Kannon statue is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan with the height of 11.18meters. It is designated as an important cultural property. That's just one of its charms, and they have more interesting statues and gong etc. But what makes this temple much popular is flowers in its compound. Throughout a year, they have beautiful flowers and colored leaves that entertain visitors.

12:00 PM

Yuigahama area

let's take a lunch break in this area.

01:00 PM

Workshop of 'Masamune' swordsmith

'Masamune' was one of the most influenced sword craftsmanship after Kamakura period(1185-1333), and a disciple of Masamune has a workshop in Kamakura. Not many people buy swords in this modern time, and he and his disciples make kitchen knives and scissors. Let's pay a visit to the solemn workplace.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine

This shrine was built here as soon as Minamotono Yoritomo established the Kamakura shogunate government, and has been a symbol of Kamakura since then.

Ending Point

JR Kamakura Station/ Kita Kamakura Station or Komachidori shopping street

What to Expect

Kamakura was one of three ancient capitals of Japan along with Kyoto and Nara. However, not like Kyoto, Kamakura was thrived with samurai worriers and the atmosphere of the town is more calm, solemn and peaceful than that of Kyoto. Moreover it is not only a historical town with temples and shrines but it has beautiful nature, traditional Japanese culture and delicious food and is loved by people. But just visiting temples and shrines on the guide book is not the best way to enjoy Kamakura. Eiko, an experienced local guide makes your trip much more colorful and enjoyable one by adding the seasonal local information and hidden gems. Please join this tour!!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up fee, guide's entrance fees at temples,

What‘s not included

-transportation fee from central Tokyo to Kamakura: Approx. 1000yen(you and guide)

-transportation fee in Kamakura(you and guide)

-entrance fees of temples(you)

-lunch (you and guide)

Option

tea ceremony at Tea master's house (30minutes)— ¥1,300/person (tea and small confectionery)

Tea master in kimono makes tea in front of you! It's the best chance to take pictures/shoot videos how tea is made.

Important Information

Foreign guests should be tested negative on COVID-19.

-Please send message before booking for any requests

-For solo traveler, please send a message before booking for a discount

-This tour basically uses the public transportation

-In high season, the streets in Kamakura gets crowded and the itinerary may need to be changed or use a taxi.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Our children do not drink green tea. Is that okay for them to attend with us at the Tea Ceremony?

Of course, yes! Please enjoy the ceremony together. The ceremony hour is also flexible based on your schedule. (If you would like other drinks for your children, it is also available.)

Reviews

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Marge G.

Jan 25, 2020

Amazing experience!

High reviews for our day with Eiko! From meeting us in our hotel lobby to sending us on our way at the end, Eiko provided us with a tailored experience. She’s knowledgeable, flexible and made our first experience with Tokyo pleasurable and fun. Thank you Eiki!!

Eiko S.

Hi Marge and Annie, Thank you very much for this wonderful review! And I would like to thank you again that you allowed me to be a part of your memory of Tokyo. We ate delicious Japanese food, saw interesting archtectures, enjoyed souvenir shopping and moreover we talked a lot! I felt very comfortable throughout our tour maybe because we were just the three women! But maybe next time, please come back to Japan with the family! I'm looking forward to seeing you and your family in the near future! Take care, Eiko

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Kelley H.

Jan 14, 2020

Perfect day in Tokyo despite uncooperative weather!

I highly recommend Eiko! She took time to learn what I was interested in before my trip and made sure to include special stops to accommodate my interests. Eiko was very well organized and extremely flexible (because of heavy rains, she was able to adjust our plans so that we didn't get drenched). She even used our travel time to explain cultural influences as well as history of Japan. Due to her organization and quick thinking (changing plans due to the rain), I was able to learn more and see much more of Tokyo than I imagined possible.

Eiko S.

Hi Kelley, Thank you very much for taking time to write my review! I appreciate it because I know how busy you are at work and at home, and moreover this is GREAT with 5 stars!! Thank you. :-) I felt very comfortable from the moment I met you to the end of the tour. You must be a tolerant teacher over there. Because of the rainy weather, we could have our own seats while seeing a single act of Kabuki at the theater, we didn't need to wait for the table for lunch! We, since there were just the two of us, talked about many things, but the conversation about 'Umami', the 5th sense of the taste was the most interesting! I would definitly like to see you again in the future! Please come back to Japan wiht your family next time! Take care, Eiko

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Bruce S.

Dec 30, 2019

Very well done tour by Eiko

If I could give 4.5 stars I would. We (my family with two more or less grown sons) were a difficult group to handle, with differing interests and temperaments, but Eiko did an excellent job, with all of us being pleased with the experience. She pushed us a bit hard, but always politely, and for good reason. But she was flexible, altering the tour as circumstances dictated, spoke English very well, and had excellent local knowledge. I would certainly recommend her to most anyone.

Eiko S.

Thank you very much for the nice review. It was my pleasure to show you around my favorite Tokyo. I was looking at you as a very happy family even though each one has different interests. I hope you made a lot of nice memories! Again, thanks for having me as your Tokyo guide! Take care! Eiko

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Edward J.

Dec 19, 2019

Tokyo came alive with Eiko

My wife and I spent 3 glorious days in December with charming, energetic, flexible and knowledgeable Eiko. We are English speaking, and we were all able to understand each other with ease. Eiko tailored the itinerary for each day to either a central theme, or to a locale in the city. We were specifically interested in museums, architecture, significant shrines and temples, and culture, and she adapted the tours to fit our interests. When we got tired after walking and climbing 18,000 steps on one day, she found interesting spots for us to take breaks. She steered us to some of the most authentic and delicious restaurants to enjoy lunch. And because of her experience living in the US, she was able to help us compare and contrast the culture of Japan with that of the US, and the exciting city of Tokyo with that of our hometown, New York City. Eiko's warmth and personality made us feel that we had made a true friend in Tokyo. If a family member or trusted close friend were visiting Tokyo, we would 100% recommend that they try to connect with Eiko to guide them.

Eiko S.

Hi Edward, Thank you very much for your time and effort to write this wonderful review especially after a long Japan trip! It was definitely one of my most memorable tours in my career. And I cannot say thank you enough for allowing me to be your Tokyo guide for 3 consecutive days. I like Tokyo's beautiful architectures, and also the sceneries that show the contrast of modern and traditional. It was my pleasure to show you them and see Tobby and you smiling and taking pictures of them. You were such a generous, intelligent couple that I was also informed a lot of things though our conversations over 3 days. Thank you so much. And yes! We walked a lot! It was fun to check my smart phone at the end of the tour every day. :-) Please have a nice rest and enjoy the wonderful holiday seasons! I'm hoping to see you again in the future! Take care! Eiko

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