KAMAKURA! What a perfect place to escape from daily bustlness. The town famous for zen-buddhism and as the first de-facto capital ever established by samurais gives us splendid time to enjoy the rustic but solemn atmosphere.
At your hotel in the central Tokyo area,.
At your hotel in the central Tokyo area, or at JR Kamakura station.
THIS IS PRIVATE TOUR.
It is said there are about 150 of temples and shrines in Kamakura.
Some are big and well known, some are not...
Even though, all of them emit their own distinctive aroma, evenly attract us.
I'd like you to feel them.
If you have any particular place(s) you would like to go, please name it out.
If you have no specific idea, please follow the list I recommend to go .
AA: Temples and Shrine
(1) KOTOKUIN temple : Famous for the great Buddha statue.
(2) HASEDERA-temple : The most beautiful temple in Kamakura.
(3) KENCHOJI-temple : The number one zen-temple among Kamakura's Five Mountains. (Great architecture)
(4) TSURUGAOKA-HACHIMANGU : The most important shrine.
(5) HOKOKUJI-temple. : A zen-temple famous for its bamboo garden .
(6) ENKAKUJI-temple : Great Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan .
(7) MEIGETSUIN-temple, : Known as the Hydrangea Temple and its Circular window in the main hall.
BB: Shopping and snacks
This is the exciting thoroughfare remind you the festival street. Here you can find a various foods and unique souvenirs.
This street will take you to TSURUGAOKA-HACHIMANGU.
CC: Popular routes
Plan A: for persons would like to see various kind.
: KOTOKUIN temple - HASEDERA-temple- TSURUGAOKA-HACHIMANGU - KENCHOJI temple and/or HOKOKUJI-temple
Plan B : for persons would like to see mainly zen temples.
:ENKAKUJI-temple - MEIGETSUIN-temple -KENCHOJI-temple - TSURUGAOKA-HACHIMANGU + (HOKOKUJI temple for sub.)
(1) Transportation fee (train) for you and the guide.
For your guidance transportation fee from Tokyo to Kamakura would be roughly 1,000 yen per person for one way.
Transportation fee (train) in Kamakura area would be roughly between 400 yen and 1000 yen per person (depend on where we go)
(2) Taxi charge would be at your account.
(3) Entrance fee for you and the guide. It would be roughly from 200 yen to 400 yen for each. Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu would be fee.
(4) Lunch for you and the guide.
(4) Meeting you at and escorting you to your hotel in central Tokyo is no charge. However in rare case extra charge can be applied depend on the accessibility. .
We may walk a lot so wear flat shoes .
Please note there are few area even in Tokyo where I have difficulty to get to your place.
Shoes : Please bring your best shoes suitable for walking.
Mark was my guide for one day. He was so extremely knowledgeable and committed to making sure I had the trip of a life time. He made a travel plan based on my interest when he picked up me at the hotel lobby in the morning, I learnt the history and culture of Tokyo from his introduction. Very impressive. He showed me important areas that were not well known and that I would not have found on standard tours or on my own. I will introduce him to my friends whoever want to visit Tokyo for sure!
Thank you so much for your generous comment. It was my great pleasure to show you around my favorite historical sites in Tokyo. Also your various kind of appropriate questions made me realize my lack of knowledge. I definitely need to brush up. See you again.
Mark was a wonderful guide and easy to speak and deal with. He very helpful especially considering we were a big group with kids and seniors. Thanks Mark!
Thank you so much for your most generous review. It was my great pleasure to introduce my favorite places in Tokyo. Next time please let me introduce Kamakura. Looking forward to seeing you again.
By the time we met Mark in Tokyo, we had had 4 other guides in other cities so we asked him to focus on the things which make Tokyo really unique and he worked hard to make that happen for us. From ancient Shinto religious services to the inside tour of the National Diet (parliament) building and the Imperial Palace, he really gave us a sense of how special Tokyo is. He even took us to the kitchen and cookery supplies area in Asakusa to fulfil a last-minute special request. You can trust him to guide you where you want to go.
Thank you so much for your kind review and also patience during the tour. I should had organized the tour more thoroughly to avoid unnecessary traveling time. Yes, we tried to find something unique in Tokyo, but I don’t think I have done anything special even that was the best for me at that time. It was my great fortunate to spend wonderful time with you. Thank you again.
We booked with Mitsuru (Mark) on our first day in Tokyo. He met us early at our hotel, and he asked and listened to what we were wanting to do and see. He made a plan on the spot, and we were off. He took us to beautiful shrines and temples, and we attended a ceremony at a Buddhist temple. It was unlike anything I could have imagined-drums, horns, chanting and fire! He took us to a small restaurant for one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Our day continued on with a museum visit, Shibuya crossing and Harajuku. We were with Mark for over 8 hours, but the time flew by. His knowledge of history and tradition is exceptional. He taught us how to navigate the subway system and the following day my daughter and I traveled by subway and bus thanks to Mark’s introduction. I highly recommend Mark and this tour. It is a must for anyone visiting Tokyo.
Thank you so much for your great review. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed my “Private tour ‘My favorite Tokyo" I had tried my best to visit various kind of places as much as possible in the most efficient way and find out what are you looking for. It was my fortunate that things went well, definitely due to your generosity and your patience. Again, thank you so much.