1 Day Tour in Kamakura: Green Moss, Green Bamboo & Green Tea

This 1-Day Tour to Kamakura is proposed to “Green” lovers: You can enjoy visiting beautiful gardens of time-honored temples which are covered with green trees, green moss and green bamboo. “Maccha” Green Tea can be tasted, too, while observing a beautiful garden.

Hitoshi (Jin) Shibata

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A model itinerary (shown below) is designed for you to spend much time at temples which boast green gardens. Your own tour can be developed to meet your other interests. Please do not hesitate to contact the guide for your own plan. Kamakura used to be the seat of the first Samurai government (the Kamakura Shogunate from 12th to 14th century). Zen Buddhism was introduced to Kamakura and many Zen temples were established with supports by Samurai in a narrow area surrounded by hills and mountains. Until today, very beautiful green gardens at many of those temples have been preserved. Kamakura can be reached by one-hour train ride from Tokyo and yet it provides a completely different ambiance from Tokyo. Why don’t you visit Kamakura and get relaxed in green.

Tokei-ji Temple
Tokei-ji Temple is a Zen temple, famous for its beautiful gardens with plum trees and large depths covered with green moss. This is why the temple has been designated as “Green Michelen”. The temple used to be called “Divorce Temple”. Why? Please ask the guide: you’d be able to hear interesting stories behind the name.
(the deep precinct with moss)              (Buddha statue against green)

Meigetu-in Temple
Meigetu-in Temple belongs to Zen Buddhism. It attracts many people with its beautiful precincts especially flowers like azalea (May) and hydrangea (June) come into full bloom as well as autumn foliage. The circle window is built into a room, which is called “Window of Enlightenment”.
(the Window of Enlightenment)                          (Hydrangea in full bloom along the approach)

Hokoku-ji Temple
Hokoku-ji Temple belongs to Zen Buddhism. It is often called “Bamboo Temple” for its beautiful bamboo forests. It holds other types of beautiful gardens which include a dry landscape garden as well as areas covered with green moss and decorated with many small Buddhist statues, creating a serene atmosphere. These have made Michelen designate the temple as “Green Michelen”.
(the bamboo garden with a stone lantern)        (Array of Buddha statues on the precinct)

Jyomyo-ji Temple
Jyomyo-ji Temple is a Zen temple, ranked the 5th among the Five Great Zen Temples in Kamakura. Its precincts are a national historical site. It includes a dry landscape garden which can be observed from a tea house “Kisen-an”. You would not want to miss tasting “Maccha” green tea and Japanese sweets, while observing the garden.
(the dry landscape garden)                              (Maccha green tea & Japanese sweet at the tea house)

Model Itinerary
– 09:00 Meet at JR Kita-Kamakura Station (~1:00 train ride from JR Tokyo Station)
– Tokei-ji Temple (Green Michelen)
– Meigetu-in Temple (famous for “Window of Enlightenment”)
– Lunch
– Hokoku-ji Temple (Green Michelen)
– Jyomyo-ji Temple, enjoy “Maccha” Green Tea viewing a dry landscape garden
– Komachi Shopping Street for hunting Japanese items
– 17:00 Adjourn at JR Kamakura Station (~1:00train ride to JR Tokyo Station)

If time allows, let’s extend legs to the following which is worth visiting:
Sugimoto-dera Temple
Sugimoto-dera Temple is the oldest temple in Kamakura (established in 8th century). Red Dava Kings, masterpieces of Unkei, are located at the gate.The approach to the main hall is steep stone steps covered by green moss. Its primary objects to worship are three Kan-non Bosatsu (Bodhisattva, goddess of mercy) with eleven heads. Why eleven? Please ask the guide. You can enter the hall to see the statues placed in its depth.
(the Dava Kings)                     (the main approach to the hall)

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine is the most important Shinto shrine in Kamukura. It was originally built in the 11th century near the seashore of Kamakura. In 1191, the founder of the first Samurai government, Minamoto Yoritomo, moved it to the current location as a tutelary shrine, expecting to protect his government.
(the main approach to the shrine)  (ladies in Kimono looking for lucky charms)

Important Information
Language: English
Number of guests: up to 4 (assumed)
Meeting place: JR Kita-kamakura Station (or, at your hotel in Tokyo or its surrounding per your request)
Dismissing place: JR Kamakura Station (or, TBD per your request)
Serving hours by the guide: 8 hours per day (assumed)

(1~2 persons)      25,000 JPY per day (assumed)
(3~4 persons)      29,000 JPY per day (assumed)

< Including >
Guiding fee (tax inclusive)
< Not including >
Transportation expenses (you and the guide)
Admission fee (you and the guide)
Meal (you and the guide)

Before you apply for this guided tour, you are requested to read the following explanation.
Booking Process
Guide Business Stipulations

(1) We walk several km in a day. Shoes fit for walking are strongly recommended.
(2) The tour will be conducted even when it is rainy. But if the weather is to be heavy or stormy, the itineraries might change through discussion and with your consent.

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If you become interested in this guided tour, please feel free to contact the guide with the Tour ID above mentioned.
e-mail: jin.shibata@i3ws.co.jp

Hitoshi (Jin) Shibata