Kamakura is a cozy seaside town with many historical sites and it's just one hour train-ride from Tokyo. It is an important city in the Japanese history because the first samurai warrior's government was established here in the 12th century and had been the political center for about 140 years. In this tour, we'll visit four popular religious sites which have each different attractions. Plus you can experience Matcha tea ceremony in a traditional Japanese house, if you'd like to.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toru.
meet at the lobby of your hotel.
take a train to Kamakura, an hour train-ride from Tokyo. After getting to Kamakura, we take a local train to Hase.
The temple is famous for its large gilded statue of Kannon-Bosatsu and beautifully maintained garden with seasonal flowers.
Built in the mid-13th century, this is the second largest statue in Japan with 12 meters tall and 121 tons in weight. After visiting the temple, we stop by a beach where people enjoy surfing and yachting.
Kamakura is near the sea and agricultural area. You can enjoy fresh vegetables and seafood at local restaurants for lunch.
It's a Zen Buddhism temple and very popular with its beautiful bamboo grove. Zen Buddhism was introduced in Japan in the 13th century and had flourished here in Kamakura.
This is also a Zen Buddhism temple and has a traditional tea house in the ground. You can experience Matcha tea ceremony with casual style, if you'd like to. We need to make a reservation in advance in that case.
It was originally built in the late 12th century by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of Kamakura feudal government. Located in the center of the city, it's been a symbol of the area since then.
It's a popular shopping street for souvenirs and foods on the way to the station from the shrine.
take a train and go back to Tokyo.
drop-off at your hotel
guide fee, hotel pickup and drop-off
transportation fee for you and guide (about 3,000 yen per adult), admissions for you (1,100 yen per adult), charge of Matcha tea ceremony for you (about 1,100 yen per adult), lunch for you and guide (about 2,000 yen per adult).
1.This is a tour enjoying walking around the sightseeing spots like locals. You are recommended to wear shoes suitable for walking. We usually don't use a tourist taxi.
2.If you have any food restrictions such as vegetarians, gluten free, please let me know in advance.
3.The tour is not covered with any travel insurances. I'd recommend that you buy your own travel insurance in case of any unexpected accidents, losses, or breaking other's properties. Of course, I'll do my best to keep you away from such risks.
4. Your request of the tour is accepted 2 days before the tour.
It's a casual style Macha tea ceremony. You can select whether you sit on tatami mats or chairs. You can enjoy thick green tea and traditional Japanese sweets while watching a refined dry stone garden in the tea house. You usually attend the ceremony with other small groups. If you don't do it, we skip Jomyoji.
(1) Transportation fare for you and guide : about 3,000 yen per adult, including JR train, Enoden local train and bus in Kamakura.
(2) Attractions for you : about 2,200 yen per adult, including temples and tea ceremony. No need for the guide.
(3) Lunch for you and guide : about 2,000 yen per adult.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
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The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Courteous, knowledgeable, friendly etc etc. only positive words to describe him:. We are here from New York and are seeing neighborhoods and attractions and Toru explains everything. Highly recommend!
Hi Anthony and Maria, thank you very much for your warm comments and high rating on the tour. It's my great honor and inspiration for a next guide. Although the consecutive 6 days tour was challenging for me, I could enjoy guiding thanks to your cooperation. I also admired your lovely children. Please be careful for flue after you get back to NY. Looking forward to seeing you again without worrying about the virus.
Excellent guide knowledgeable pleasant and lovely sense of humour. Has excellent English.would highly recommend him.. John and Irene
Hi Irene, thank you very much for your review and high rating on the tour. It’s my honor and a great motivation for future tours. I heard a news on your ship. I really wish the problem will be settled soon and your journey continues.
We really enjoyed our day with Toru. His English is excellent as is his knowledge of history, religion, and culture. We also recommend touring Kamakura, as it had a totally different vibe from the big cities. Toru also found us a great little tempura restaurant for lunch. We appreciated him escorting us back to the ship. Highly recommend.
Hi Linda, thank you very much for your review. As you say, Kamakura is a lovely city to explore for one day in terms of Japanese history, religion, and food. I'm happy to learn you enjoyed them through the tour. I was impressed with your interests and knowledge about Japanese history and literature. I enjoyed very much spending with you for one day in Kamakura. Thank you again and please say hello to Scot.
Toru was a great tour leader. He’s very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and courteous. We spent the day enjoying Tokyo on public transportation. We traveled distances and visited sights through the eyes of a local. Lunch was enjoyed at a typical local spot serving traditional food. I highly recommend Toru.
Hi Rose, thank you very much for your comment and high rating on the tour. It will be my great motivation for the future tours. I was so happy to share a pleasant time with you and your group. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the season of cherry blossoms and hope you enjoy the continuing journey.
Toru took us from Tokyo on a tour of Nikko. He took care of all the logistics including subway and train tickets. Toru met us at our hotel described the details of the tour and then took us to an amazing Nikko. He guided us through great shrines and temples including great Toshogu shrine. Tory was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. We had a great day and would recommend Tori to anyone looking for a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Hi Igo, thank you very much for your kind comments. I'm pretty happy to know you seemed to enjoy the tour in Nikko. I'm afraid we didn't have time to visit Kegon Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji this time. I hope we can next time. How is your trip going? Three of you are enjoying a journey in Kyoto. I'm waiting for you to come back again and enjoy another attractions in this country. Thank you again.