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Tokei-ji; Michelin 3 Star Temple - Exploring Zen temples and history in Kita-Kamakura

Macky H.

5.00(2) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 15 people

There are historically important and famous Zen temples such as Kencho-ji and Engaku-ji in Kita-Kamakura. Among them, Tokei-ji was so unique that it was one of the first nunneries in Japan and obtained an extraterritorial right for a woman to divorce, which was almost impossible at that time. Let’s explore science of mind in Zen Temples!

Meeting Point

At your hotel or any place would be okay.

Engaku-ji Temple to see a typical Zen temple layout and the National Treasure of old Temple Bell

Tokai-ji Temple to explore its unique presence as a nunnery and its history as a Zen Temple

Kencho-ji Temple to experience science of mind in Zazen meditation while visiting monastery and place for sermon.

Ending Point

At Kamakura Station or at your hotel. Ending point can be determined at your convenience.

What to Expect

Visiting 3 Zen temples, you may realize Buddhism is faraway from a Western definition of religion but it is closer to science of mind. To know the concept of Buddhist teachings seems to be very important to understand Japanese mentality and behavior. You will know the history of 3 temples and reasons why they were built in Kamakura era, which was started in 1192 as the first samurai administrative organization in Japan.

In Engaku-ji, there is video showing how severely Zen monks are trained in order to improve mental strength to reach an enlightenment stage.

You will experience the importance of calm and tranquil mind while watching the pond in Zen garden from the veranda of Hojo.

In Kencho-ji, you may try how to sit for Zazen, sitting meditation at Hojo, after visiting to see sculptures and paintings in the series of temple structures.

"YAGURA" is a short of burial cave, which was the same as grave and peculiar in the Kamakura region. You will find special tomb stones there.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee and Hotel pick-up in Yokohama City

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (for yourselves and your guide), Example: Tokyo - Kita-Kamakura = ¥ 800 per person

Entrance fees (Engaru-ji = ¥ 300, Tokei-ji = ¥ 300 Kencho-ji = ¥ 500),

Lunch (for yourselves and your guide)

Important Information

Fees for transportation, admission and lunch for the group (including the guide) during the tour will be paid by the customer. Travel fees from my house to the venues will be additionally charged. The followings are rough estimations: Yokohama: 1,000 JPY, Kamakura; 1,100 JPY, Hakone; 3,000 JPY, Mount Fuji: 9,000 JPY, Nikko: 8,000 JPY Shizuoka: 11,000 JPY (If the tour starts before 9:00, another 7,000 JPY is reqired for an accomodation as the guide have to go to Shizuoka one day before.)

You will know the histories of these temples including their founders. There are some National Treasures which can be seen during the tour.

You will also determine who spread Zen Buddhism to overseas during Meiji era, which was started in 1868.

You may find major difference between religions spreading in the Western world and the Buddhism as the science of mind through the experiences during the visit.

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



Michelle R.

May 17, 2019

Awesome day around Mt Fuji

Macky took me to multiple places around Mt Fuji I would have never know about. Several great views of Mt Fuji from the various stops. He was very kind and informative. I can't imagine how I could have made the day any better!


Aubrey W.

May 29, 2018

Friendly, professional, knowledgeable, flexible, accommodating, and fun!

Our day with Macky was excellent. In every way, Macky delivered. We had a full itinerary planned, and even with a last minute request to change one of our stops from a bike ride to a winery visit, Macky was able to accommodate. If you are looking for a guide that will find a way to squeeze in all that you want to do within a short time frame without sacrificing the integrity of your trip, Macky is your guide. Prior to our tour, Macky sent us a detailed itinerary down to the hour (while also allowing for flexibility). He really listened to what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish in one day and he made it all happen. Macky is a great tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about Japan who will work with your requests and make sure your day/tour is time extremely well-spent. Thank you, Macky!

Macky H.

Dear Aubrey, It was really pleasure to have you guided the areas where you can see Mt. Fuji. Thank you very much for rating your high evaluation to my guide. I really appreciated your comments. I will work hard to make my guests more enjoyable in my guided tour in the future. I hope you have enjoyed tours in Tokyo and return to your home safely. I wish you and your parents have healthy and enjoyable life. Best regards, Macky Hagiya

$141/ per group