A Day Trip from Tokyo / Meet the Great Buddha
Kamakura is a perfect day-trip destination from Tokyo. On this tour, we will be visiting a bamboo forest on the grounds of a 14th-century temple named Hokoku-ji (temple). Afterwards, we will travel over to Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, which was founded over 900 years ago and is an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Finally, we will end our Kamakura tour at Kotoku-in (temple) where we will visit a 700-year old, 121-ton (267, 000 pounds), 13. 35-meter (43. 8 ft) bronze statue of the Great Buddha.
As a licensed guide and professional photographer, I'll be telling you a lot of interesting stories about each place while capturing the best moments of our day. Also, I'll give you a mini Japanese lesson if you're interested in languages.
Kumi will meet you in your hotel lobby and take you to Kamakura. An ideal meeting time will be sometime between 9:00am-10:30am.
--- approx. 60-min train ride ---
--- approx. 15-min bus ride ---
Hokoku-ji (temple) *You can enjoy green tea at a very pretty tea house
--- approx. 10-min bus ride ---
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu (shrine)
Lunch at a restaurant near the shrine
Walk Komachi street (a lot of cute shops)
--- 5-min Enoden (train) ride and 10-min walk ---
Meeting the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in (temple)
---10-min walk and 5-min Enoden (train) ride ---
--- 60-min train ride ---
We can end the tour at your hotel, or if you would like to go somewhere else for additional shopping, dinner, or personal sightseeing, I can provide you with directions to your desired location and back to your hotel so that you can return when you are ready.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
Trains, buses, and walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5500 JPY - Train from Tokyo to Kamakura: approx. 2,000 yen (roundtrip)
*If you start your tour from Yokohama, the fare will be less than a half.
Kamakura 1-day pass (Yoritomo-kippu): 570 yen
Lunch: 1,500-2,000 yen
Green Tea at Hokoku-ji: 700 yen
Hokoku-ji (temple) admission: 200 yen
Kotoku-in (temple) admission: 200 yen
In Japan, Tours guides are not allowed to give a ride unless the one has a commercial license (taxi license). Also, tour guides are not allowed to arrange a car and pay on behalf of clients unless the one has the License for Travel Agency Service.
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5 stars is not a high enough rating for this day. The tour was our suggestion. Kumi researched the possibilities and made suggestions. There were quite a number of emails between us until the day of departure. Everything went so well. Kumi made suggestions during the return trip as a result of which we enjoyed new experiences that will remain in our memories forever.