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Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha)

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$86.65

Kamakura where ‘Kamakura shogunate’ is the first Japanese Samurai administration had started has a lot of historical temples, shrines, and other historic sites. In this tour, through a walking based on the hiking course from Kita-Kamakura to Hase-dera Temple, you can enjoy the rich nature and the profound history and culture at the same time.
If you are interested in taking our tour, we shall be very happy to arrange a tour itinerary to meet your precise requirements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Please add 3000 yen to the tour price for hotel pick up
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 1,000 yen per person, per half hour, payable in cash.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Description:

Greet your guide at JR Kita-Kamakura station at 9am, when you'll begin your walking tour of Kamakura. While learning about the religious of one of Japan's most significant religious centers, you'll see the following highlights:
・Tokei-ji Temple
・Jochi-ji Temple
・Genji-yama Park
・Zeniarai benzai-ten Ugafuku Shrine & to experience‘Zeniarai’(Washing money)
・Sasuke inari Shrine
・Take a rest at Café Terrace ITSUKI GARDEN
・Kotokuin (Great Buddha of Kamakura) 
・Hase-dera Temple
Your tour concludes at your original departure point after five hours of exploration. 

Departure:

Departure point:

JR Kita-Kamakura station

Departure time:

9:00 AM

Duration:

5 hours

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews:

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Amelia l

Excellent tour many shires, temples, giant Buddha and very knowledgeable guide name Famiko.The history of Kamakura is wonderful the atmosphere is very good and the guide from beginning to end excellend.

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Farrah M

My tour through Kamakura with Yoko was brilliant! The destination was beautiful, serene and spiritual - just what I was hoping from my trip to Japan! The temples and shrines nestled amongst the diverse and extensive gardens and greenery are just magnificent. It's a bustling place yet so calm. Yoko was very knowledgable and informative and I was fascinated by the history and beauty of the places we visited upon our walk. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting this beautiful part of Japan!

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Renee T

This tour went way above my expectations. Beautiful sights, cultural experience, hiking, food, etc: it was a great way to spend a day in Kamakura. Yoko was a delightful guide and provided us with cultural insights and historical details that you would not get if you go on your own.

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kbn818

Our tour consisted of the Hokokuji temple, Great Buddha in Kotoku-in, and Hasedera Temple. The Hokokuji temple has beautiful bamboo garden. We were impressed with the height of the Great Buddha 13 meters. The Hase temple has colorful hydrangeas and peaceful Zen gardens. We highly recommend this tour due to the beautiful sights and the excellent customer service pf the tour coordinator Takeshi and tour guides Shijuko and Yu. Takeshi was very thoughtful and responsive to my email correspondences prior to my arrival to Tokyo and during my stay at Tokyo. Takeshi noticed that there were some elders in our group and suggested alternative itinerary to minimize walking. He also assigned 2 guides so that one guide can attend to two elders and the other guide to the rest of the group. Takeshi also informed me prior to the tour that due to the rain and the slipperiness of the mountain road, he suggested that we skipped 2 shrines on the mountain. Shijuko and Yu were very considerate and knowledgeable. They explained the histories of the attractions well. Shizuko even brought extra umbrellas and lent to us so that we can covered ourselves from the hot summer sun. Shizuko and Yu accompanied us to the train stations from Kamakura to make sure that we would not get lost. In addition, they informed us about various transportation methods to the shopping centers and attractions in Kamakura and Tokyo. Overall, we really appreciated the care and attention of Takeshi, Shijuko, and Yu.

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Douglas G

Our Kamakura Walking Tour was a personalized tour for our family. Our tour guide, Yu, was very knowledgeable and fun. We really enjoyed the hiking and shrines. She took us to a fantastic restaurant at the top of a hill...only 165 steps to climb. We finished the tour at the beach. We highly recommend this walking tour of Kamakura.

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Josh

Excellent tour of Kamakura! We took this tour with our two small children. Yoko, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and its temples and shrines, as well as Japanese customs. She was also very helpful and understanding with regard to the needs of our children. We highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Kamakura, which should be a stop on any itinerary of Japan. It is a beautiful city with many great attractions, including but not limited to the Great Buddha.

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kerry y

Our tour guide, Naho was excellent. She spoke english well, had extensive knowledge of the temples visited and the areas we walked through, provided excellent instructions on the etiquette when visiting temples, and found a great restaurant for lunch that was reasonably priced. Most of all, she was sincere in ensuring we had a memorable tour taking extra time to answer all of our questions and taking us to Kamakura station. Naho provided us a memorable tour of Kamakura that we will always cherish.

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Marton S

A fantastic tour in a small group. We where only 4 and our wonderful guide Yoko. Yoko made the whole tour very interesting, answering all ,even sometimes, unrelated questions. Her English was good as well. We visited all the temples as described in the itinerary, in our own pace. We also managed to avoid crowded restaurants for lunch. She took photos as well and sent them after the tour.
At the end she made sure that we take the right trains back to our respective hotels.
Ask for Yoko as your guide :-.

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Sarah W

I would highly recommend this tour! It was easy to get to Kamakura via the transit system two switches that was all. It was also highly personalized. I was the only person on the tour! I really enjoyed going to temples and shrines that were as historic as some of the major ones but not listed in every traveler's guide. It was nice to be the only tourist at several of the locations, until the Big Buddha. My tour guide, Yoko, was very personable, spoke very good English, and both of us had unique experiences along the way. She was flexible and we ate a local lunch together as well not included, but very delicious!. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Japan off the beaten path a bit but also see the major touristy sites, such as the Big Buddha.

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Gail H

This walking tour is for the hardy walker - more a mountainous hike than walk. Since there were only 3 in our group the guide was able to slow down the pace in the mountains. The temples and landmarks were scenic, the Great Buddha- huge, walk through the historic shopping street nice and a pleasant relaxing lunch with the guide was overall a good worthwhile tour.


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Half-Day Kamakura Walking Tour with Kotokuin (Great Buddha)
Overview:

Kamakura where ‘Kamakura shogunate’ is the first Japanese Samurai administration had started has a lot of historical temples, shrines, and other historic sites. In this tour, through a walking based on the hiking course from Kita-Kamakura to Hase-dera Temple, you can enjoy the rich nature and the profound history and culture at the same time.
If you are interested in taking our tour, we shall be very happy to arrange a tour itinerary to meet your precise requirements.

From USD

$86.65

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