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Explore Kamakura's Natural and Historic Beauty by Foot

Let's feel the seasonal nature and the Zen Buddhism world in Kamakura, home of the SAMURAI.

Overview

Kamakura where ‘Kamakura shogunate’ is the first Japanese SAMURAI Administration had started has a lot of historical temples, shrines, and other historic sites. Besides it is an international sightseeing city where many tourists from not only home but also abroad visit every year. It is one hour only from Tokyo by train; however, there are both sea and mountains. Such rich nature is the feature of Kamakura, too. You can enjoy the wonderful view only in Kamakura from a hiking trail, above all, to walk peaks surrounding three areas of north, east, and west in Kamakura. 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.

Highlights

・Visit Jochi-ji Temple
・Visit Zeniarai benzai-ten Ugafuku Shrine & experience ‘Zeniarai’(Washing money)
・Visit Sasuke inari Shrine
・Take a rest at Café Terrace Itsuki Garden or Local Japanese restaurant
・Visit Kamakura Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) in Kotoku-in
・Visit Hase-dera Temple

Note

We will customized the tour plan to best fit our customer's desires.
・Please join us wearing shoes that are easy to walk in because you will walk the mountain paths.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 5,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
Hotel pickup will incur an additional fee of ¥5,000 per group (for hotels in Tokyo & Yokohama area).

  Price ¥10,000(tax included)

Price (per person)
¥10,000 for 2 adults or more
¥14,000 for 1 adult
¥ 5,000 for Children (Age 7-12)
Free of charge for Children (Age under 6)
※ tax included

  Duration 5 hour(approx.)
  Hours of availability

Start Time 9:00

  Inclusions

・Professional Guide (Available in the following languages:English, French, Chinese)
・Admission fee

  Exclusions

・Food & Drinks
・Hotel pick up and drop off
Please add 5000 yen to the tour price for hotel pick up (for hotels in Tokyo & Yokohama area).

  Participants 2-8

Meeting Point

JR "Kita-Kamakura" station, West Exit
http://en.kamakura-info.jp/access/

Reviews (30)

Sarah Weirich(Japan)★★★★★

Kamakura Walking Tour

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".

Joshua Tate(USA)★★★★★

Excellent tour of Kamakura!

We took this tour of Kamakura 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.

lauren(USA)★★★★★

Better than any JTB Sunrise Tour

This was hands-down one of the best tours that I ever joined in Japan. I have joined the Kamakura Walking Tour and the Yanaka Walking Tour and I found those tours (Omakase) to be far superior to the rushed pace of a JTB Sunrise Tour.
We really felt as though we were able to see the temples and shrines we visited through the eyes of a native. We could enjoy the beautiful weather, and take our time to really appreciate the sites we were seeing.

Not to mention, each Omakase Tour provided kind and knowledgeable tour guides who were able to point out interesting things I would have NEVER noticed.


Just a really great experience for me and my mother.

Farrah Leanne(Australia)★★★★★

Incredible Kamakura ❤️

I had the most AMAZING time on the Kamakura Walking Tour! I was able to soak up the serenity of this spiritual seaside town and thanks to my very kind and knowledgable tour guide, Yoko, learn all about the history and symbolism of the immortalised deities and picturesque shrines and temples. So much clarity in a headspace amongst the treetops. Feeling suitably zenified. Goal attained! Thankyou Yoko for making this trip one I'll always cherish! I would highly recommend this fabulous tour, which provided fodder and fuel for all five of my senses.

Andrea(Italy)★★★★★

A beautiful day in Kamakura

One of the best days in me and my wife's holiday in Japan last week, this was the third time for me in Kamakura and for sure the best one.
Yu is an excellent guide and the perfect company for this trip. Strongly advised to all except those who do not like walking in the woods and some exercise.

Kenia(Brazil)★★★★★

Wonderful and unforgettable tour!

It was a great experience for me and my son (very beautiful gardens, temples and the Great Buda oh!). Our English is not so good. So Yoko, our guide, help us a lot, with her knowledge about history and japanese culture and because of her patience and kindness. Besides, she is very good humored, making the tour even more pleasant. Wonderful!!!

Libby J(USA)★★★★★

Kamakura Walking Tour

Outstanding tour! Advance communication from the company was helpful. From the moment our guide, Yoko, met our train with a sign with our names, we knew we were in for a treat! Despite the slight rain, this was truly a special day. Each site we visited was distinctive. Walking through the town and the forests gave us a full sense of the culture -- buildings, nature, people, customs. Yoko was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her country and culture; she answered all our questions and was interested in our responses. And she was patient with my many stops to do photos, even sometimes holding my umbrella over me and my camera. The walk is not difficult (Yoko let us set the pace) and is a perfect way to approach the temples and shrines. Lunch stop was also excellent. Yoko worked in side trips so we could see the ocean and stop at a special store. She also escorted us onto the train back to Tokyo -- taking the local train was a special treat. We love having the materials she provided: detailed map, postcards, and photos of us that she took and emailed. This tour was a highlight of our Japan visit -- we would gladly do it again! We recommend it highly for people of all ages.

Diana(USA)★★★★★

Unforgettable Tour of Kamakura!

This has been one of my favorite tours I've ever done. Takeshi, one of the operators at Omakase, was super responsive and accommodating when we were scheduling the tour. Our guide, Yu, was also just as responsive and accommodating. The moment we got off the train at Kita-Kamakura, she greeted us with warmth then proceeded to explain the tour and itinerary. We happened to visit Kamakura on such a beautiful, cool day. The entire tour is by foot, so prepare yourself by bringing some water and comfortable walking shoes. Yu took us to five different temples and shrines, and ended with us visiting the Yuigamahama Beach. You'll be doing some light hiking through the mountains for some beautiful sights. Yu was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. She pointed neat little things during our tours we wouldn't have ever noticed. What I really loved about this tour is that we got to take our time visiting each site and appreciating its history and beauty. Many other tours would hit a lot of tourist hot spots just to check it off the list.

I highly, highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to visit Kamakura. You'll be touring with a local and also hitting roads less traveled.

Alexis(México)★★★★★

An incredible experience!!!

INCREDIBLE AND UNFORGETTABLE, despite the light but incessant rain, walking and seeing the beautiful scenery of Japan, where we could not see Mount Fuji due to the rain-filled clouds. I think that made it even more spectacular. The temples and the Japanese culture is as I have always been told, spectacular.
Knowing the town and the landscapes makes the perfect combination for all people, that is, they will walk a lot so ... go prepared to climb and walk a lot. Our guide is and always will be an excellent person who is interested in our doubts and very passionate about his work.
Highly recommended!

Rach(Philippines)★★★★★

Fun day at the countryside :)

It was a nice day exploring Kamakura - over an hour trip via train from Tokyo. We took the scenic forest route to visit different temples (even one located inside a cave), “wash money”, drink tea, see the Great Buddha, and visit the bamboo grove. Yu was very informative and took care of us. Definitely recommending this tour for those who love nature and want to see a different side of Japan.

NicoleS(USA)★★★★★

Great Kamakura Day Tour

I had some extra days in Kamakura alone after visiting other parts of Japan, so I decided to book this day tour. My tour guide, Noriko, met me promptly at Kita-Kamakura station. She was extremely friendly and easy to get along with (I was the only one on the tour that day). She gave explanations at each Shrine and Temple and answered any and all the questions I had. I highly recommend Noriko as your tour guide because you can tell she loves what she does. I very much enjoyed getting to know about her life/travels and also learning about Kamakura. The tour is a great combination of some trekking (be prepared to trek for about two 30 minute sessions) and relaxing (shopping at Great Buddha, yummy local lunch, tour ends at the beach) I had a lovely day with Noriko, so much so that I am planning to come back to Kamakura with my parents and book the same tour. Highly recommend!

Brad(USA)★★★★★

Beautiful sites and excellent guide!

If you are looking to experience some of the traditional culture that Japan is famous for, this tour of Kamakura is well worth the price. Yoko is a wonderful tour guide who will provide you with first-rate service every step of the way. It’s obvious how much she enjoys giving this tour, and we had great conversations all day. She will also take photos of you throughout the tour, and she knows all the best spots for them. What Yoko did best was help me to understand and experience traditions that I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own. She showed me how to perform the temple purification and prayer rituals and being able to take part in these really made the experience more authentic and enjoyable. There are lots of other traditions to experience at the sites - we washed coins, painted calligraphy on stones, drew fortunes, and Yoko even bought me a small good luck charm as a souvenir! Even though it was unseasonably hot and I was the only one on the tour, Yoko went above and beyond to ensure that I got the most out of the day – simply a great and memorable experience.

Kobrienresearch(USA)★★★★★

Wonderful Way to Explore Kamakura!

We had a wonderful tour of Kamakura thanks to our guide Noriko! Being able to have her guide us to each site while walking through the beautiful nature paths was a perfect way to explore Kamakura. She offered important information about each site and we learned so much during our tour with her. Highly recommend this tour!!!

Gyl (USA)★★★★★

Highlight was the amazing Kanon status in Hasedera. Great guide

We explored about 5 temples starting from Kita Kamakura. Lots of walking in beautiful countryside and forest. The great Buddha was "great" but Kanon and the surrounding temple complex was most impressive. Had a great local lunch in town which our wonderful guide Fumiko found for us. Afterwards, she helped us make our way back to Kamakura town by local bus, and we found a lovely local market and some delicious potato ice cream. A worthwhile local and historical experience. Thank you Fumiko.

Claudia(Germany)★★★★★

Lovely tour of the shrines and temples in Kamakura!

We did the trip as a one day tour from Tokyo (Family of four, kids aged 14 and 12 years). It was easy to get to Kita-Kamakura using the Japan Rail Pass, where we met our guide (Fumiko). She welcomed us warmly and we did a walking tour through Kamakura including a nice stroll in the forest of about 40 min. Our guide had a lot of knowledge about the visited sites and introduced us to the ritual when entering a temple as well what the meaning within the temples are (symbols, behavior etc.). We enjoyed a typical Japanese lunch that Fumiko recommended. At the end of the tour we visited the beach.
We all had a great time and can definitely recommend this tour.

Nana (USA)★★★★★

One of the great historic cities in Japan.

Our guide , Yu, was a wonderful , warm and very knowledgeable hostess. It was an unforgettable tour of Kamakura. This old historic city of Japan is full of cultural and spiritual destinations. Highly recommended.

Maria (USA)★★★★★

If you like history and nature, you will love this tour!

We were so glad we chose this tour as one of our day trips from Tokyo. Our guide, Yu, was professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. Kamakura is beautiful, and a wonderful respite from Tokyo. This tour involves hiking in the hillsides around Kamakura which is beautiful and relaxing. The temples and shrines are fabulous. If you like history and nature, you will love this tour!

Valeria (Italy)★★★★★

A great tour of Kamakura!

We really enjoyed our 5 hours walking tour in Kamamura, with our nice guide Yumiko. I definitely recommend to join this tour, in order to discover Japan outside big cities.

Mark(Singapore)★★★★★

Noriko (tour guide) made the trip amazing!

My partner and I decided to do a private walking tour (3 hours) to visit Kamakura. Our tour guide Noriko was simply amazing. She met us at the train station and made sure our needs were fully met. For example, my partner could not do the mini-hike as he was recovering from a back injury, and she was flexible and suggested alternatives that were equally enjoyable. She answered all our questions and was lively and bubbly throughout the tour. Kamakura region is absolutely beautiful and certainly falls in to the "must see" if you like the outdoors, history and architecture (especially Shinto and Buddhist), and a wonderful tour guide just makes it all the more enjoyable!

Christian Kateraas(Norway)★★★★★

Exploring the Kita-Kamakura Temples and Shrines

Hisako is an excellent guide! She's funny, helpful and knows a great deal about the history of all temples and shrines we visited. She could answer everything from what the monks ate, the local fauna, craftsmanship, and anything else we asked her.She even taught us a few Japanese words :)
She's a great guide and we cannot recommend her enough :)

Manuel C(Philippines)★★★★★

Reunion with High School Friends

This Japan trip was to relive our youth after not having seen each other all together for 32 years since graduating from high school. We all felt that the Kamakura tour was the best experience out of the activities we did together. Not only was it very informative and interesting, thanks to our wonderful guide, Noriko; it also became a test of endurance, patience and determination for all of us! We were certainly not prepared to hike through hills, mud and steep inclines as the samurais actually did in the past and be outpaced by other hikers from the local high school before reaching each destination (a truly humbling realisation as we all still felt young...at least in our minds). But the experience and time we spent together laughing at each other's antics along the way & encouraging each other to keep going until the next stop will be forever etched in our memories. This is an experience we all hope our own children can do together with their own friends someday. Thank you to the tour organisers and to Noriko for such a rewarding experience.

Heidrun Wabnitz(USA)★★★★★

Fascinating culture and nature walk

During previous stays in Japan I had seen several shrines and temples, but I did not know much about religions in Japan and the related rituals. So I was looking for a guided tour. Since it was the day after a business trip I wanted some nature experience and hiking rather than sitting in a tour bus. This walking tour exactly matched what I was looking for. I just booked it the day before. Note that the tour is not available for the age group 60+.
Confirmation by the agency and appointment with the guide by WhatsApp were convenient. The best way to get to Kita-Kamakura is probably to take JR Yokosuka line directly, e. g. from Tokyo Station.
I met Yoshinobu at the West Exit. We started our impressive tour during which we visited quite a number of beautiful places with different shrines and temples including the breathtaking Buddha statue, all the way with very interesting and informative explanations. I got my many question answered and learned a lot about history, religion and life in Japan. In between we walked along nature trails connecting the sights in the forest across the hilly landscape - absolutely after my fancy. Sometimes you needed to watch your step because of a steep slope or roots on the path, so my running shoes with good grip were a perfect choice. The last stop was one more highlight of the tour, the beautiful Hase-dera Temple area. After about 5 hours our tour ended at Yuigahama Beach where I spent some time relaxing and watching before I returned to Tokyo. It was a great day with many impressions worth to remember, supported by several nice photos the guide took during our tour and sent me by email. I can really recommend this walking tour with both fascinating culture and nature aspects.

Kristin Steigert(USA)★★★★★

“EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!!”

We booked this tour not knowing what to expect being first timers in Japan. We arrived at the station to meet our guide Noriko and the tour exceeded our expectations times ten!! I could not say enough great things about our guide and the tour itself! Noriko was VERY knowledgeable, funny, and interactive through the whole tour. We really got s chance to know her and vice versa. She went out of her way to find a lunch restaurant to find something that my picky husband would eat, and was very patient while we took photos and asked questions. She even went out of her way to take us to a shopping area to get something special I was looking for my son back home. I will say, be prepared to HIKE!!! The term “walking tour” doesn’t do it justice as it is a hike over high terrain but we loved it!!! Noriko gave us memories to last a lifetime! If you only take one tour while in the area, book this one!!!

Marie Manuel(Australia)★★★★★

“Reunion with High School Friends”

This Japan trip was to relive our youth after not having seen each other all together for 32 years since graduating from high school. We all felt that the Kamakura tour was the best experience out of the activities we did together. Not only was it very informative and interesting, thanks to our wonderful guide, Noriko; it also became a test of endurance, patience and determination for all of us! We were certainly not prepared to hike through hills, mud and steep inclines as the samurais actually did in the past and be outpaced by other hikers from the local high school before reaching each destination (a truly humbling realisation as we all still felt young...at least in our minds). But the experience and time we spent together laughing at each other's antics along the way & encouraging each other to keep going until the next stop will be forever etched in our memories. This is an experience we all hope our own children can do together with their own friends someday. Thank you to the tour organisers and to Noriko for such a rewarding experience.

Christian Kateraas(Norway)★★★★★

“Exploring the Kita-Kamakura Temples and Shrines”

Hisako is an excellent guide! She's funny, helpful and knows a great deal about the history of all temples and shrines we visited. She could answer everything from what the monks ate, the local fauna, craftsmanship, and anything else we asked her.
She even taught us a few Japanese words :)

She's a great guide and we cannot recommend her enough :)

Bradley Daniel(USA)★★★★★

“Beautiful scenery and excellent guide!”

If you are looking to experience some of the traditional culture that Japan is famous for, this tour of Kamakura is well worth the price. Yoko is a wonderful tour guide who will provide you with first-rate service every step of the way.

Yoko knows her history and will be able to explain the stories behind each site you visit. She speaks very good English and has a charming personality that will make you smile and laugh. It’s obvious how much she enjoys giving this tour, and we had great conversations all day.

Your entrance fees to each temple are covered under the tour price, and Yoko will speed you through the ticketing process with ease. She will also take photos of you throughout the tour, and she knows all the best spots for them.

What Yoko did best was help me to understand and experience traditions that I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own. She showed me how to perform the temple purification and prayer rituals and being able to take part in these really made the experience more authentic and enjoyable. There are lots of other traditions to experience at the sites - we washed coins, painted calligraphy on stones, drew fortunes, and Yoko even bought me a small good luck charm as a souvenir!

Your last stop is at the beach, so you might consider packing a swimsuit if you choose to end your tour there. Otherwise, Yoko will lead you back to Kamakura station and maybe join you for a green tea ice cream before your train :)

Even though it was unseasonably hot and I was the only one on the tour, Yoko went above and beyond to ensure that I got the most out of the day – simply a great and memorable experience!

Chantal Chiforean(USA)★★★★★

Beautiful walk through the hills of Kamakura!

Fumiko-san was a great guide on a lovely walk in the hills of Kamakura. Dotted along the walk are shrines and temples compatibly interspersed! A wonderful way to get out of the chaos of Tokyo and back into nature. A bonus was getting to see Mt. Fuji from one of the stops! Enjoy!

Chantal(USA)★★★★★

Amazing!

This tour is a must do if you're around Tokyo and want to get away from the city for the day. Our tour guide was Fumiko and she was the best! Such a sweet soul! The tour itself was beautiful and the weather was perfect. Would highly recommend!

DeeAnn(USA)★★★★★

Highlight of our recent trip to Tokyo!

Highest marks for our English speaking guide, Yu Kameda, and our Half-Day Kamakura tour walking the quiet and scenic routes to see several diverse temples and shrines, including the Giant Buddha, a delicious local lunch and ending on the sands of Yuigahama Beach. We’ve been to Japan many times, but hadn’t experienced life outside of Tokyo in a small seaside city like Kamakura, the former capital of Japan. It was absolutely worth the adventure and so easy to navigate: a short train ride (no switching) from Shimbashi Station in Tokyo to Kita-Kamakura. Yu-san texted us an itinerary and contact info, and was waiting for us at the train station when we arrived. We really enjoyed her local and historical knowledge of Japan. We had questions about Buddhism and various practices which Yu-san was able to share insights, ultimately giving us such a fascinating and memorable tour. She helped us with our return train tickets and made sure we caught the right train back to Tokyo and even gave additional recommendations near our hotel that we eagerly saw before we left for our USA home. You'll be walking a few trails, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes. It's not strenuous though - my 70+ mom was totally fine and Yu-san gave us options to detour to flat routes as needed. Next time we’re in Japan, we’re going to book another tour with Yu-san! Domo arigato!

Silvia M(Italy)★★★★★

Great tour in Kamakura

La nostra guida era Yoshi. La sera prima ci siamo sentiti via whatsapp per conferma sulla stazione di ritrovo.Appena ci siamo incontrati Yoshi ci ha mostrato il programma ed abbiamo iniziato la nostra escursione. Siamo molto contenti perché é stata veramente un' ottima ed inaspettata esperienza. Sicuramente se avessimo fatto la gita da soli non sarebbe stata la stessa cosa. Yoshi ci ha spiegato differenze religiose culturali nonché abitudini del Giappone. Vivamente consigliata. Grazie Yoshi. P.s. La guida parla solo inglese.


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