Full day Old Kamakura Historical Exploration Tour featuring classical properties and natural beauty
You can satisfy your strong interest in exploring the first samurai government city where you can still find a lot of Zen Buddhism temples and Shinto shrines built in the Kamakura period, looking back over 800 years.
Kamakura is geographically surrounded by steep cliff and mountains in three directions and sea in the other one.
Therefore, it has been naturally impregnable fortress which was easy to protect, but hard to attack.
You can view plenty of invaluable properties. such as one of the oldest wooden statues of Mercy of Goddess with eleven heads in Hase dera temple. and the seating bronze statue of the Great Buddha in Kotokuin temple. and the most famous shinto shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.
You can enjoy viewing not only historical properties but also natural beauty like plenty of seasonal flowers in Hase dera temple garden and beautiful Yuigahama beach.
Popular local cuisine, Hase dera temple vegetarian curry rice would be worth tasting.
-Meet you in the lobby of your hotel in the center of Tokyo
-Take train from main JR station to Hase station via Kamakura station
-Hase dera temple (the oldest wooden statue of Mercy of Goddess and flower garden,
enjoy lunch break in nice temple restaurant with beautiful view of Yuigahama beach)
-Kotokuin temple (huge outside seating bronze statue of the Great Buddha)
-Yuigahama beach (walk along beautiful beach)
-Take local train to Kamakura station
-Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine (the most famous shrine in Kamakura)
-Komachi shopping street (enjoy shopping around wonderful food and handcraft
-Take JR train from Kamakura station back to the center of Tokyo
-Disband at your hotel
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel, the cruise terminal or any convenient place for you.
If you'd like to be met at the airport, there will be an additional cost for my transportation. Please contact me before booking for a quote.
End location: I will see you off at hotel, the cruise terminal or any convenient place for you.
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather and the time of year.
We use public transportation such as JR trains and local train to Kamakura from Tokyo, taking about 70 minutes for one way. We mainly walk during our tour, but we can find a taxi or bus for transit if you feel too tired with walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Japanese yen - Transportation fee between central station in Tokyo and Kamakura/Hase station is about
2200 yen. Entrance fee of Hase dera temple is 300 yen, Daibutsu at Kotokuin is 200 yen.
Lunch fee would be about 1200 yen.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle. I also can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Before we left on a cruise to China and Japan, we wanted to make the most of the time we spent near Tokyo. Once we made contact with Masaharu from Tours by Locals, everything was easy. He tailored two short tours for our group and also arranged transport as two members of our small group had some mobility issues. The first was around Tokyo the evening we docked and the second around Kamakura the following morning. Masaharu was fantastic. Friendly, informative and with outstanding. Highly recommended.