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Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo

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Marunouchi, Japan
Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo

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Explore the rich spiritual history and fascinating sights of Kamakura during this 5-hour trip from Tokyo. Visit a mix of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as you get a sense for the religious heritage of this Japanese city, which is home to number of famous attractions like the 42-foot (13-meter) tall Great Buddha statue. A tasty Japanese-style lunch at a high-end restaurant is also included.
  • Discover the numerous temples and shrines of Kamakura during a half-day visit from Tokyo
  • Check out the 11 faces and 1,000 arms of the statue of Buddhist goddess Kannon at Hase Temple
  • Admire the famous 42-foot (13-meter) Great Buddha statue located at Kotokuin Temple
  • Explore the historic Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which originally dates to the 11th century
  • Enjoy an included Japanese lunch at a high-end local restaurant
  • Great introduction to Japan's rich spiritual heritage and its citizens' Buddhist and Shinto beliefs
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Professional English-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (both customer and guide)
Train (both guests and tour guide), 1400 yen (approx. $12USD) per-person (one-way)
Entrance fees(Hase temple 400 yen per person, Great buddah 300 yen per person)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up you from your hotel of Tokyo 23 ward.
Also, please let us know your hotel name.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Receive a pickup from your Tokyo hotel in the morning, continuing by train on the 1-hour trip to nearby Kamakura (own expense). During the course of your visit you’ll move between sights both on foot and by train, walking a total of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

Start your Kamakura visit at the Hase Temple, a site that’s also known as the ‘Temple of the Flower.’ View the temple’s famous Kannon statue, depicting the Buddhist goddess of mercy’s 11 faces and more than 1,000 arms. Each of the faces is said to represent a different stage of enlightenment. You’ll also see the temple’s 30-foot (9-meter) gilded wooden statue, known to be the biggest wood sculpture in the entire country. Finish by exploring the temple’s garden ponds and by checking out the hundreds of small statues found in Jizo-do Hall.

Continue your Kamakura trip at Kotokuin Temple, a religious site that dates to the 13th century. During your stop you’ll admire the temple’s famous Great Buddha statue, considered among the most well-known religious icons in Japan. This 42-foot (13-meter) icon is situated just outside against the backdrop of the nearby hills.

Make the last stop of the day at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. This famous symbol of Kamakura was originally built in the 11th century, when it was created in honor of Emperor Ojin and Minamoto no Yoritomo. You’ll conclude your trip by enjoying a traditional lunch at a local high-end restaurant, after which you’ll be dropped off back at your Tokyo hotel in the afternoon. Please note that entrance fees are at the traveler's own expense.
Stop At:  
Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
The Great Buddha The Kotokuin was constructed in 1252. It has a bronze statue “Great Buddha Statue” that stands 13 meters high, sitting cross-legged, robed with drapes in the classical lines reminiscent of ancient Greece, cast in 1292. It sits outside against wooden hills.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Hase-dera Temple
This temple is famous for housing a Buddhist statue of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, with eleven faces and a thousand arms. Each of the eleven faces represents a different phase in the search for enlightenment. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan. You can also enjoy the pretty garden with ponds and the Jizo-do Hall with hundreds of small statues of the Jizo Bodhisattva who helps the souls of dead children to reach the paradise.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
This shrine was originally built in 1063 and dedicated to the Emperor Ojin (God of War) and the Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo among others. An interesting fact of this shrine is that it was not only a Shinto "Hachimangu" shrine, but also a Tendai Buddhist temple for most of its history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Traveller Tips

  • "Also had to pay 2700 yen for couple and guide tickets to Kamakura and 2700 back again plus 5000 yen for 3 lunches and another 1000 yen or so for admission tickets so this gets expensive." See review


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Difficult to understand guide’sEnglish
, Apr. 2019
Very knowledgeable guide but difficult to understand his English. Also had to pay 2700 yen for couple and guide tickets to Kamakura and 2700 back again plus 5000 yen for 3 lunches and another 1000 yen or so for admission tickets so this gets expensive.
We knew that we had to take buses...
, Oct. 2016
We knew that we had to take buses and trains to reach our destination but the entrance fee we had to pay our selves. Consider this trip with the Nikki trip we feel it was too high considering our transportation to Nikki is included and it is an all day tour whereas Kamakura was only a half day tour. Although the sites visited was beautiful the cost was too high.

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