True Kamakura Private Tour enjoying 5 popular spots

Day Trip

Toru K.

4.83(12) reviews
Kamakura
English
8.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
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Meeting Point

at your hotel in Tokyo. If your accommodation is far away from a station or located in a place difficult to find, the meeting place might be changed to the nearest station to your accommodation or the other appropriate spot.

09:30

Hotel

meet at the lobby of your hotel.

10:00

a station near your hotel

take a train to Kamakura, an hour train-ride from Tokyo. After getting to Kamakura, we take a local train to Hase.

11:00

Hase Temple

The temple is famous for its large gilded statue of Kannon-Bosatsu and beautifully maintained garden with seasonal flowers.

12:00

Great Buddha in Kotokuin Temple

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.

13:00

Lunch at local restaurants

Kamakura is near the sea and agricultural area. You can enjoy fresh vegetables and seafood at local restaurants for lunch.

14:30

Hokokuji Temple

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.

15:00

Tea ceremony in Jomyoji Temple (option)

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.

16:00

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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.

16:30

Komachi-dori Street

It's a popular shopping street for souvenirs and foods on the way to the station from the shrine.

17:00

Kamakura Station

take a train and go back to Tokyo.

18:00

Hotel

drop-off at your hotel

Ending Point

at your hotel in Tokyo. If your accommodation is far away from a station or located in a place difficult to find, the break-up place might be changed to the nearest station to your accommodation or the other appropriate spot.

What to Expect

1. Kamakura is an old city built by samurai warriors in the end of the 12 century. You can find its attractions which reflect samurai's spirits of simplicity and fortitude in the tour. It's interesting to find the difference between Kamakura and Kyoto that's also old city, however, built by emperors and aristocrats.

2. It is just one hour train-ride from Tokyo. You can relax for one day in a local city filled with history and nature to leave from hustle-bustle downtown Tokyo.

3. You can experience macha tea ceremony with a casual atmosphere in a traditional Japanese house with a small dried stone garden.

4. Kamakura is located near Sagami Bay. It's blessed with sea food and vegetables. You can enjoy local foods for lunch with reasonable price.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pickup and drop-off

What‘s not included

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).

Important Information

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Matcha tea ceremony like?

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.

How much is the charge for transportation, attractions, and lunch on the tour?

(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.

Reviews

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Anthony T.

Feb 18, 2020

Best Tokyo guide

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!

Toru K.

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.

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Irene D.

Feb 4, 2020

Wonderful day.

Excellent guide knowledgeable pleasant and lovely sense of humour. Has excellent English.would highly recommend him.. John and Irene

Toru K.

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.

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Linda E.

Nov 21, 2019

Yokohama cruiseport to Kamakura

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.

Toru K.

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.

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Rose M.

Oct 31, 2019

A day in Tokyo

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.

Toru K.

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.

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