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Take a laid-back journey through the city of Kamakura during this flexible-length adventure aboard a Japanese-style rickshaw. Choose between different tour length options as you roll past numerous attractions like the Great Buddha, Myohonji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and much more, in this 800-year-old city.
Kamakura Half-Day Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha)
From $121.72 (Price varies by group size )
Fantastic experience, great day trip from Tokyo!
, Feb 2020
This tour was my favorite part of visiting Japan. I cannot speak highly enough of Noriko and her warm personality, thoughtful commentary, and knowledgeable guidance. She crafted the tour based on our interests and her expertise; weather interfered slightly with our original plan but she was flexible in finding other great ways to fill the day (even making last minute arrangements for a tea ceremony). Be prepared to pay small amounts for bus/train fare based on what you choose, what is open, and how walkable the day is. She took us to the major landmarks (complete with helpful and insightful explanations) but also to areas off the beaten path that we would never have found (or understood) on our own. She led the tour as if we were guests visiting her hometown, as opposed to tourists trying to check off sightseeing stops. This tour made me want to visit Kamakura again simply because of how enjoyable it was to be there and spend time learning from Noriko.
Experience the shrines and temples of Kamakura, one of Japan’s most prominent religious centers, on a 5-hour walking tour. In a small group limited to 10 people, you’ll visit historical sites such as Tokei-ji Temple, Jochi-ji Temple, and Genji-yama Park, while learning about the foundations of Buddhism and Shintoism. Plus, you’ll marvel at Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura), a 47-foot (14-meter) Buddha statue that dates back to the 13th century.
Come join a six-hour bicycle tour that beautifully opens up the history and nature of Kamakura and adds in some good food too! Visit a temple with a history of more than 1000 years, a shrine that gathers the faith of the local people, a beautiful garden where unique landscape scenery is combined with the ambient loveliness of Kamakura, a huge Buddha statue that stands as a symbol of Kamakura, the beautiful coastline of Yuigahama, and a local market where you can vigorously enjoy Kamakura’s charms, including colorful Kamakura vegetables. Despite the long list of highlights, this tour proceeds at a relaxed pace, with the 10km journey being along a nearly flat path, so even those who aren't usually big on exercise can sign up without fear. Guides, bicycle rental, and admission fees are included in the tour fee.
Explore the real Kamakura with students from the local high school. Take a private, customized tour with enthusiastic local hosts and experience “Samurai Town,” the Shogunate capital of Japan during the 12th-14th centuries. Visit significant Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and historic sites, including Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Hasedera temple, and the Great Buddha on this affordable half-day outing.
You can create your own rice bowl and a chopstick rest as a souvenir of your visit to Japan.
After drying and firing, you will receive your artwork. Enjoy your Japanese-style meal with your own rice bowl and chopstick rest wherever you are!
Kamakura was the former capital of Japan between the 12th and the 14th century. Its abundance of temples and historical sights can make it a tricky task for a visitor with limited time to shortlist where to go. Save research time, and explore the city’s best bits in a day with a guide. Enjoy commentary along the way as you explore multiple temples, and a shrine, including Hase-dera Temple, Hokokuji Temple, and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
We go to learn about the history and different styles of Hanko. The owner was incredibly kind and
helpful. My friend and I really enjoyed the experience and the finished products are perfect! Definitely worth it.
Would you like to know how to write your name in Japanese? We can show you several ways to write your name in Japanese and make an original seal as a unique souvenir of your trip. Seals are used in place of signatures on important documents. In Japan, the hanko seal is considered to be a part of one’s identity. After you design your hanko seal, we will engrave your name. Your original seal will be ready anytime in the afternoon of the experience!
-The tour kicks off with Japanese sweet tasting on the lively shopping street.
After trying out a traditional Japanese snack on Komachi-dori, go on to explore Kamakura's history and unique culture along with your friendly local guide.
-Stroll the historical shrines and temples in the nature of Kamakura
Gain insight into how to make the most out of visiting Japanese shrines and temples and enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch at the temple restaurant!
-Great photo-snapping locations and meeting with the Great Buddha!
Check out Hasedera Temple, with it's beautiful scenic views of the coastline and hidden little cave before going on to greet the Great Buddha!
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See the best of Kamakura in a day, on this action-packed private tour. Travel quickly and efficiently on the Enoshima Electric Railway, and benefit from having a guide with you to take care of the navigating. The tour saves hours of research time, and goes to a selection of top attractions, including Hase-dera Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kotoku-in, Inamuragasaki Park, and much more.
This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Kamakura. Immerse yourself in local cuisine and culture by going on a comprehensive guided tour. Save hours of research time and enjoy insights and tips from your guide. Top sights you’ll visit include Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and the Great Buddha of Kamakura. A highlight of the tour is visiting Komachi Street, where you’ll discover local gourmet food.
Kamakura is such a compact city that you can see the whole area within a day. One of the representative sight-seeing spots is Big Image of Buddha in Kotokuin temple. From there, you can travel almost all the famous temples for six hours.
Many historical sites are covered in public transportation services. On the way to Hachimangu, we can enjoy shopping on KOMACHI street. While walking through the street, we can feel something different from the western culture. In this area, there are many valuable temples and shrines within a walk. So, we can visit many historical temples and shrines such as so-called hydrangea temple and bamboo grove temple. All these temples are located in calm environment, so you will feel like being in KAMAKURA ZEN Buddhism style.
About 1 hour from JR Kita Kamakura station, we will visit the 2nd largest city YOKOHAMA. This time, we will stop over at China town in ISHIKAWA cho in Yokohama. We can enjoy a variety of Chinese cuisines for reasonable prices.
Experience the energy of Japan’s ancient samurai thanks to this 6-hour history-themed walking tour of Kamakura with a private guide. Explore a range of Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, and traditional street vendors in a city that was Japan’s feudal capital from the 12th through 14th centuries.
Be entertained by two Geishas while you enjoy a meal in a an extraordinary 100 year old traditional Japanese house. At least one of the geisha will be fluent in English, so that there will be no communication problems and all your questions can be easily answered. A typical geisha banquet is a leisurely traditional Japanese dinner enjoyed over two hours as you chat over your meal with your geisha. The geisha will also perform a traditional dance. After booking, you will be given the name of the teahouse, so that you can get there by taxi or public transport.
Have a tour around a city that’s popular with Muslim travelers—Kamakura. By going on a private tour, you’ll have your guide’s undivided attention. Save time and see multiple highlights in one day, such as Jōmyō-ji, Hokoku temple, Komachi Street, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, and more. You won’t have to worry about language barriers as a guide will translate, and recommend where to get a halal lunch too.
Yoko & Reiko, we both have experience of study abroad and also love cooking and learning foreign culture.
Yoko owned a restaurant in Tokyo before settling down here. Reiko is a food journalist and knows a lot about food. We would like to share pleasure of Japanese home-style cooking we learned from mom and grand mother with you.
Kamakura is surrounded by ocean and hills and Yoko's house which is our studio has good access to both them. In comfortable atmosphere of Japanese household, we would like to share great time with you!
You can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour only with your family and friends.
This tour is a tour using public transportation.
The destinations of the tour include Hase-dera Temple, Kotokuin, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Hotoku Temple (bamboo forest).
For details of the destination, you can look at the what to expect section of this web page.
You will meet the guide at JR Kamakura Station west exit ticket gate and the tour will begin. The tour also ends at JR Kamakura Station.
Kamakura used to be a center of politics in the 12th century.
There are many historical places from that period. There are lots of shrines and temples.
We use public transportation to visit sites.
Since we are using public transportation to get around the area, we may be able to visit 3 or 4 spots.
I will arrange the itinerary depending on your interests and needs.
Soba noodles are a Japanese specialty, and a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Get more out of your trip to Japan by learning cooking skills you can use when you get home. Enjoy a cooking lesson with a master soba chef who teaches you the traditional way of making soba. No need to worry about language barriers—an English textbook is provided to read alongside the chef commentary.
Enjoy ancient capital Kamakura on a professional guided private tour. This tour uses public transport. Even if you change buses and trains at unfamiliar tourist destinations, there is no concern because the guides are with you.Hotel pickup in Tokyo 23 wards included.
Tour destinations include Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kotokuin, Komachidori, and Bamboo forests.
For details of the destination, you can look at the what to expect section of this web page.
Enjoy a fun and relaxing tour of historic Kamakura on this 6 hour tour with a knowledgeable guide.
Visit fascinating temples and shrines and learn about Kamakura's history.
Experience Japanese tea in a teahouse located in a peaceful bamboo grove.
Enjoy scenic views and historic architecture.
Take a stroll through Kamakura's Komachi dori and try an array of delicious local food and drink.
Food and drink is included on the tour.
Save time and money with this private tour that combines two popular Tokyo day trips into one tour. Ride the classic Enoshima Electric Railway and soak up the scenery as you travel to the historic city of Kamakura and the sunny island of Enoshima.
This private and customizable tour for Kamakura is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
Discover Kamakura at your own pace on this fully customizable 8-hour full day private tour with an English-speaking (or other language) tour guide. Create a dream tour that’s perfect for your interests and preferences.
Get the chance to wear an authentic Japanese garment—a kimono, without having to commit to buying one, by opting for a kimono rental service in Kamakura. Enjoy the freedom of choosing a color and style of your preference, with a kimono/yukata, an obi tie, tabi socks, shoes, and a handbag included in the rental package. As an added perk, ladies’ hair styling is also included as part of the experience.