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Kamakura 6hr Private Walking Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

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Kamakura, JP
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Kamakura 6hr Private Walking Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

5 (15)
Kamakura, JP
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Experience the enchanting beauty and rich history of Kamakura on a 6-hour private walking tour with a knowledgeable and licensed guide. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Kamakura's temples and shrines, each with its own unique charm. Admire the breathtaking views of the ocean from Hasedera temple, and make a wish as you write it on an oyster shell. Marvel at the towering Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple and feel the tranquility of Hase-dera Temple. Stroll through the old Komachi shopping street and indulge in delicious dove shaped biscuits. Your personal guide will customize the tour according to your preferences, ensuring a truly personalized and unforgettable experience. Book now and let the secrets of Kamakura unfold before your eyes.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the beautiful temples of Kamakura
  • View the iconic Great Buddha of Kamakura
  • Stroll through the historic Komachi shopping street
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean from Hasedera temple
  • Visit the picturesque Enoshima Island
  • Meet up with guide on foot within designated area of Kamakura/Yokohama
  • Licensed Local English Speaking Guide
  • Customizable Tour of your choice of 3-4 sites from 'What to expect' list
  • Transportation fees, Entrance fees, Lunch, and Other personal expenses
  • Private Vehicle
  • You cannot combine multiple tour groups.
  • Guide Entry fees are only covered for sights listed under What to Expect.

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Introduction

Experience the beauty and history of Kamakura, located just south of Tokyo, on a 6-hour private walking tour. Discover the charm of this ancient city as you explore its temples, shrines, and historical sites. From the stunning gardens to the iconic Great Buddha, Kamakura offers a unique and enriching experience for every traveler.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect to visit 3 to 4 of Kamakura's most famous sights, including the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kotokuin Temple with its magnificent Great Buddha, Hasedera Temple known for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, and the tranquil Hokokuji Temple with its beautiful bamboo grove. You'll also have the opportunity to explore Enoshima Island, offering breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and several attractions including a shrine and caves.

Who is this for?

This private walking tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, nature lovers, and anyone seeking a unique cultural experience

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

The shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. The deified spirits of the ancient Emperor Ojin who has been identified with Hachiman, Hime-gami and Empress Jingu are enshrined at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple and some recent creations.

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Hase-dera Temple

Hasedera (長谷寺) is a temple of the Jodo sect, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan and can be viewed in the temple's main building, the Kannon-do Hall

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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

Hokokuji Temple is best known for the beautiful, small bamboo grove found behind the temple's main hall, which lies thick with over 2000 dark green bamboo stalks. A few narrow pathways lead through the bamboo to a tea house where, for a small fee, you can sit and enjoy a cup of matcha tea while enjoying views into the bamboo grove. Also located behind the temple are a series of shallow caves carved into the hillsides, which are believed to hold the ashes of some of the later Ashikaga lords.

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Enoshima Island

Only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima (江の島) is a pleasantly touristy island just off the coast but connected by bridge with the mainland. The island offers a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower and caves. Views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility. Enoshima is divided into a yacht harbor accessible to motorized traffic and a forested hill which can only be explored on foot (and paid escalators) and contains most of the sights. Several shrine buildings, collectively known as Enoshima Shrine, are found around the island and are dedicated to Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. Benten is believed to have created Enoshima before subduing a five headed dragon that had been terrorizing the area.

Engaku-ji Temple

ngakuji (円覚寺) is one of the leading Zen temples in Eastern Japan and the number two of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. Engakuji was founded by the ruling regent Hojo Tokimune in the year 1282, one year after the second invasion attempt by the Mongols had been reverted. One purpose of the new temple was to pay respect to the fallen Japanese and Mongolian soldiers. Engakuji is built into the slopes of Kita-Kamakura's forested hills. The first main structure encountered upon entering the temple grounds is the Sanmon main gate, which dates from 1783. Behind it stands the temple's main hall, the Butsuden, which displays a wooden statue of the Shaka Buddha. The Butsuden was rebuilt relatively recently in 1964 after the former building was lost in an earthquake.

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Kencho-ji Temple

Kenchoji (建長寺, Kenchōji) is the number one of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. The oldest Zen temple in Kamakura, Kenchoji was founded by the ruling regent Hojo Tokiyori in 1253 during the Kencho Era after which it was named. Its first head priest was Rankei Doryu, a Zen priest from China. Although considerably smaller than during its heydays, Kenchoji still consists of a large number of temple buildings and subtemples, and stretches from the entrance gate at the bottom of the valley far into the forested hills behind. After passing through the Sanmon main gate, visitors will see Kenchoji's temple bell (Bonsho), designated a national treasure, on their right.

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Zeniarai Benten Shrine

Zeniarai Benten Shrine (銭洗弁天) is a popular shrine in western Kamakura, which people visit to wash their money (zeniarai means "coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double. Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura government, ordered the shrine's construction after a god appeared in his dream and recommended him to build the shrine in order to bring peace to the country. Because the dream occurred on the day of the snake, in the month of the snake of the year of the snake, the shrine was later also dedicated to Benten, a Buddhist goddess associated with snakes.

Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

Meigetsuin Temple (明月院) is a temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect founded in 1160 in Kamakura. It is also known as Ajisaidera ("Hydrangea Temple") because hydrangea bloom in abundance on the temple grounds during the rainy season around June. 95% of the hydrangea here are of the Hime Ajisai ("Princess Hydrangea") variety; they are thus named because of their pretty blue colors. The temple was originally a repose built by a son in memory of his father who had died in the struggle for power between the Taira and Minamoto clans in the late Heian Period. It later became part of a larger temple complex called Zenkoji, which was abolished during anti-Buddhist movements soon after the Meiji Restoration, leaving only Meigetsuin to remain as an individual temple today.

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Ankokuronji Temple

Ankokuronji (安国論寺) is one of several temples of the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism along the hills in the southeast of Kamakura. Nichiren himself founded Ankokuronji around 1253 when he first came to Kamakura, and he is said to have lived at the temple for several years. Visitors can walk along a short hiking trail through the wooded hills around the temple buildings. A nice view of the city of Kamakura can be enjoyed underway. Some of the trail's passages are quite steep and should only be explored with good walking shoes and during dry weather.

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Jomyo-ji Temple

Jomyoji Temple (浄妙寺, Jōmyōji) is a Zen temple in the hills of eastern Kamakura. Ranked fifth among the five great Zen temples of Kamakura, Jomyoji was founded by the influential Ashikaga family and at its peak was made up of seven buildings and several pagodas. Over the centuries, however, many of the structures were destroyed by fire, and only its historic main hall, reception hall, main gate and warehouse remain today. The main hall sits at the end of a garden and houses a statue of Shaka Nyorai, the historical Buddha. Jomyoji Temple also has a restored teahouse where visitors can sit and enjoy a cup of tea for a small fee while enjoying the view of a nice dry garden. On the hillside behind the main hall is the temple's spacious cemetery, while a path leads up the hill to a small western-style restaurant. The restaurant is operated by the temple and offers good views out over Kamakura from its patio.

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Zuisenji

Zuisenji (瑞泉寺) is a beautiful Zen temple in the far east of Kamakura, in the back of a narrow valley and surrounded by wooded hills. It is a branch temple of the Engakuji Temple. Zuisenji was founded by Muso Kokushi, a leading Zen master of his time and one of Japan's most famous garden designers. The temple is known for its pure Zen rock garden behind the temple's main hall, designed by Muso himself. The temple furthermore attracts with its many flowers and blooming trees in the other parts of the temple grounds, including a large number of plum trees.

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Myohonji Temple

Myohonji (妙本寺, Myōhonji) is one of several temples of the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism along the southeastern hills of Kamakura. The temple was founded by Hiki Yoshimoto in 1260, and features a statue of Nichiren to the left of the main hall. The temple is connected via the Gionyama hiking trail with some other nearby temples and a shrine. It leads through the wooded hills of Kamakura, and should be explored only with good walking shoes and during dry weather, because there are a few steep and rough passages.

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Jochiji Temple

Jochiji (浄智寺, Jōchiji) is the number four of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. It is a branch temple of the Engakuji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Its head temple, the Engakuji Temple, stands just a few hundred meters away on the opposite side of the railway tracks. Jochiji was founded in 1283 by members of the ruling Hojo family on the occasion of the premature death of a son. Once a large temple complex with many buildings and subtemples, Jochiji is now small and calm. In its main hall, the Dongeden, the temple's main object of worship, a Buddhist trinity of the Amida Buddha, Shaka Buddha and Miroku Buddha, is displayed.

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Tokeiji Temple

Tokeiji (東慶寺, Tōkeiji) is a small branch temple of the Engakuji school within the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Its head temple, the Engakuji Temple, stands just a few hundred meters away on the opposite side of the railway tracks. Tokeiji was founded by the wife of the regent Hojo Tokimune in 1285 after Tokimune had died at a young age. Until the end of the Edo Period, the temple served as a shelter for women who suffered abuse by their husbands and sought a divorce. An official divorce could be attained by staying at the temple for three years.

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Jufukuji Temple

Jufukuji Temple (寿福寺) is the number three of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. It is a branch temple of the Rinzai sect's Kenchoji school. Jufukuji was established by the order of Minamoto Yoritomo's wife Masako after her husband had passed away. Its founding priest was none other than Eisai, the man responsible for introducing Zen Buddhism into Japan. Besides the often photographed pathway that leads towards the temple, Jufukuji is not open to the public.

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Reviews

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MumboJumb

Shinji took me on a wonderful walk through forests and town to several temples and shrines in the Kamakura area. The day happened to be perfectly sunny and just the right temperature for hiking. Some of the terrain was a bit hilly, with roots on the path, up and down several steps but a nice moderate hike. An added bonus was buying some food and going to the beach to sit and eat a quick lunch. Also, the cherry blossom walk through the center of Kamakura, ending at the shrine, provided a unique experience. The only comment is that while Shinji was exceptionally kind, helpful and attentive, I had a little difficulty understanding his English. But we worked at it and in the end, it was all good!

Kevobes

Shinji Komiyama reached to us well prior to the tour to get a sense of what we were looking to do in Kamakura and made arrangements to meet us in the lobby of our hotel. He was here prior to the time and met us with a big smile and explained public transport or taxi. We opted for public transport and he ensured the train and change over to another train was seamless. So great to have a local showing us the ropes. We saw all the temples on our list and he provided insights into each with the history. Not at all rushed and had many opportunities for taking fantastic photos. He was patient, engaged and upbeat. A perfect guide for group from Vancouver Canada. I highly recommend him as a guide. Thank you so much Shinji you were awesome. 😀👍🙏

yanab502

We had an amazing day trip to Kamakura. Our guide was Yoko. We met at our hotel and then took public transportation to Kamakura. Yoko is very knowledgeable, pleasant guide. She was able to adjust our itinerary and in addition to all traditional stops we were able to see Mt. Fuji from Kamakura. She took us to a local restaurant for a really good meal. We had wonderful time and will recommend this day tour from Tokyo. Thank you Yoko for unforgettable experience.

Q5661UWkeithb

Andy was an awesome tour guide Kamakura was beautiful. Andy reached out a few days before the trip to plan an itinerary. I wanted to see a few temples and hike the trails in-between. Andy was flexible, providing two options and letting me know the pros of both. I selected the option that had the most hiking. Andy had no problems on the trail (and was in better shape than I was). While at the temples ye explained the history of the site, the religion, and significant ceremonies of each. I had a few questions that he didn't know offhand but was able to find the answer really quick. We had great chats throughout the tour and made me feel like I was hanging out with a friend. Kamakura: recommended Hiking trails: recommended for experienced hikers Andy the tour guide: highly recommended!

Z591WG_

We had a perfect day touring with Andy! He met us at our hotel and got us through the metro and and maze of the train station in yokohama stress-free. It was a wonderful surprise that he took us first to a little art studio where we bought several beautiful postcard prints for memories of this day. He explained the religions, history and customs at the shrines and temples. His choice of our restaurant for lunch was delicious and was also set back from the busy street so it was quiet, overlooking a small garden. Our last stop was the bamboo garden and shrine, our favorite! Andy took several pictures of us and later sent them to us and he gave suggestions on how to take the best pictures from different angles. Andy was very personable, attentive and caring. He also told us about everyday life in Japan. By the time he returned us to our hotel, we felt that he was a long time friend. We highly recommend Andy!!

jeanfJ2340NW

Our guide, Hiro, was outstanding. He met us at our Tokyo station and taught us how to use the subway. He was very flexible and understanding of our group needs which included two restless 7 and 9 year olds. We saw three major temples/shrines and then visited the shopping street near the station. The lunch was at a small restaurant with local food. It was a long but interesting day. I would highly recommend the tour and tour guide.

marthaelizabethv2021

Andy our tour Guide was THE BEST!!!! very friendly and answered all our questions. I highly recommend taking this tour to get to know Kamakura.

Sightseer61961399863

My wife and I took a private tour of Kamakura with Andy our licensed guide. He modified our tour to meet our walking needs and the types of sites we wanted to see. His preparation for our excursion was excellent. He had prepared a guide pamphlet that explained many details of what we were seeing, including a history of the progression of Shinto and Buddhism in Japan. He was full of details and stories about all the sites we visited and had a reservation at a very nice Japanese restaurant that we had lunch at. His English was very good and he was very interested in increasing both this vocabulary or phrases that Americans use. This shouldn't be surprising as Andy has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, worked on satellites in a previous career at Misubishi and is naturally curious. We highly recommend Andy for anyone that wants a top of the line tour of Kamakura.

480julissaj

Beautiful city! Our tour guide was Takako Yoshida and she was very knowledgeable and helpful. Would 100% recommend.

Laura_J

My travel group was so pleased with our guide, Kenzo! He met us at the Osanbashi cruise terminal in Yokohama and led us to Kamakura using public transportation. His guidance made our journey stress free! We enjoyed visiting Hokokuji Temple - a Zen Buddhist temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, lunch on Komachi Street, and finally the Kotoku-in Temple to see the Great Buddha statue. Then Kenzo escorted us back to the cruise terminal. It was a wonderful day!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 11:22