Kamakura is an ancient city located about an hour from Tokyo by train. It is where the first Shogunate was established by Shogun Minamoto-no Yoritomo in 1192. Kamakura has been the political center for 140 years. There are traditional temples, shrines and gardens surrounded by beautiful mountains and beach, so it is a popular sightseeing destination.
This tour covers the most popular spots such as Engakuji temple, Tsutugaoka Hachimangu shrine, and Komachi street. You will feel historical and sacred atmosphere and see unique Japanese culture.
The standard tour covers the following spots.
A) Engakuji temple (A large Zen temple surrounded by gardens and trees)
B) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine (The most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura)
C) Komachi street (There are many shops selling souvenir and local foods.)
The optional spots below can be replaced with A) or B) or added.
D) The Great Buddha (The famous big bronze statue in Kotokuin temple)
E) Hase-dera temple (An old Buddhist temple in Hase area)
(Note: In case of visiting a optional spot, the guide will show you a revised guiding fee.)
What You Can Expect in this Tour
A) Engakuji temple
It is one of the leading Zen temples founded in the 13th century. It is built into the slopes of Kita-Kamakura’s forested hills. There are many traditional buildings including Shariden which enshrines a tooth of Buddha and is designated national treasure. There are beautiful gardens as well. (Admission fee for adult: 300 JPY)
B) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine
It is the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura. It is dedicated to the Minamoto (Shogun’s family) clan’s deity, Hachiman, a god of war.The main street of Kamakura is the approach to this shrine from Yuigahama beach south to the shrine. An old stone stairway stands as one of the site’s major features. (Admission free)
C) Komachi-dori street
Along this popular street near Kamakura station, there are restaurants, boutiques, cafes, sweet shops, and stores selling souvenirs and hand-maid crafts unique to this ancient city.
D) The Great Buddha
The Great Buddha statue is one of icons of Japan. It is a beautiful outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha. Seated serenely in the grounds of Kotokuin temple. At 13.35 meters high, it is the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan. It was cast in 1252 in the Kamakura period. (Admission fee for adult : 200 JPY)
E) Hase-dera temple
Hase-dera temple is located about halfway up Mount Kamakura. The temple, therefore, has excellent views south over the ocean.There are seven buildings in the temple complex and surrounding garden grounds. In the main hall, there is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan, that of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. (Admission fee for adult : 400 JPY)
Number of guests: up to 4
Meeting Time: at 9:00 am (recommended, flexible)
Meeting Place: at your hotel in central Tokyo or in Yokohama
Dismissing Place: at your hotel or at the place of your convenience
Serving hours by the guide: 8 hours
(1~2 persons) 33,000 JPY
(3~4 persons) 35,000 JPY
guiding fee (tax included)
transportation expenses (the guide)
(Not including )
transportation expenses (you)
meal (you and the guide)
Estimated local cost:
Train expenses between Tokyo and Kamakura: about 2,000 JPY
Admission fee of temples: shown above
Lunch: 1,000~1,500 JPY
Before you apply for this guide tour, you need to read the following explanation.
(1) We walk a few km. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
(2) If the weather is not good to walk, we might stay at a museum or a shop near our destination.
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