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From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima 1-Day Bus Tour

1. From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima 1-Day Bus Tour

※From Dec 31st 2023 to Jan 4th 2024, due to traffic restrictions near Kamakura station, some attractions will be made by tram or bus. Get on the bus from one of the several departure locations in central Tokyo (shuttle bus service) and head towards Japan’s former capital city between the 12th and 14th-century: Kamakura. Start the tour of this coastal town by walking along the famous Wakamiya street towards Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine. If you still have some time after the visit, have a look around the nearby Komachi Street, a popular shopping street where you can enjoy local seafood, snacks and souvenirs. Next up is a visit of Hase-dera (Hase temple), home to the famous eleven-headed statue of Kannon the Goddess of Mercy, which is considered one of the biggest wooden statues in Japan. The scenic view from the observation platform on the upper ground is recognized as one of the most picturesque spots in Kamakura. Moving on from Hase Temple, walk to one of the most iconic places in Kamakura, the Kotoku Temple with its huge bronze statue of Buddha, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government. The statue is 11.3-meters tall and weighs around 121 tons. The last stop of the tour is Enoshima, a small island located west of Kamakura. Many Shrine buildings can be found around the island and are dedicated to Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. On clear days you can also enjoy stunning views of Mt. Fuji from the island!

From Tokyo: Kamakura, Hachimangu Shrine & Enoshima Day Tour

2. From Tokyo: Kamakura, Hachimangu Shrine & Enoshima Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo on a day trip to Kamakura where history, culture, mountains, and sea coexist. Visit the Great Buddha Hall and Tsuruhachimangu Shrine, take a seaside walk on the Shonan coast, and ride the Enoden Electric Railway. After a pickup from Tokyo, drive to Kamakura. Ride the cute little Enoden train that has been in operation for more than 100 years, passing by Kamakura's famous sights along the Shonan coast and a mosaic of colorful districts that boast their own seaside flavor. Next, pass through the railway crossing and road, down the stairs to the famous Shonan coast in Kanto. Take a stroll on the beach, listen to the sound of the waves, and relax under the sun. If the weather is good, you can even see Mount Fuji directly. Continue to the Enoshima Shrine built in in 552 upon the order of Emperor Kinmei. Admire the wooden colorful 8-armed seated Benzaiten statue, the Hizen country Fujiwara Masahirosakutachi, the Happo tortoise, the Enoshima origin, and the bronze torii – all nationally designated cultural properties. Then it’s time to discover Kamakura's must-see attraction, the Great Buddha. Standing at 13.35m, this majestic bronze statue embodies Japan's rich Buddhist culture and is the second tallest bronze Buddha in the country (tickets at your expense). Head to the Shinto shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangū in Kamakura to embrace Japan's spiritual essence. Explore a symbol of samurai heritage and prosperity with a look at majestic torii gates, beautiful gardens, and historic structures. Immerse yourself in traditional rituals and serene surroundings. Finally, walk down Komachi Street, a lively old street in Kamakura that stretches from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine to Kamakura Station. Soak in the ambiance of this peculiar strip of modernity in the center of an ancient city.

Kamakura: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. Kamakura: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover Kamakura’s historical sites, favorite local spots, and hidden gems on a private walking tour with nationally licensed guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour, whose itinerary can be customized to fit your interests. Located 1 hour from Tokyo, be introduced to some of the best spots, restaurants, and shops in Kamakura, which is home of the samurai and of great cultural importance to Japan. Visit and enter the interior of the huge Great Buddha statue, a symbol of great importance for Kamakura. Admire the is famous gardens of Hase-dera. During the rainy season (around June), 2500 colorful hydrangeas of 40 varieties bloom all at once to create a wondrous spectacle. Go to the Zeniarai Benten Shrine where legend says that when money is washed in the holy water of the shrine’s spring you will earn more money. Head to the Hokoku-ji Temple known for its splendid bamboo forest garden. Here, sample matcha tea while admiring the view of the forest.

From Tokyo: Kamakura Temples Private Guided Tour

4. From Tokyo: Kamakura Temples Private Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Tokyo and travels to Kamakura by train. After a 1-hour train journey arrives in Kamakura and head to the first stop of the day, Hase Temple, also known as the Temple of Flowers. At the temple admire the incredible architecture of Hase Kannon, which houses the Buddhist statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Learn about this eleven-faced Goddess and she represents the different phases in search of enlightenment. Outside, you can wander through the pretty gardens and see the Jizo-do Hall which boasts hundreds of small Jizo Bodhisattva statues. Continue the tour to the Kotokuin Temple next where you will find Japan’s famous Great Buddha. Marvel at the imposing 13-meter-high Great Buddha statue while you learn about its significance and history, which dates back to 1292. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy and enjoy lunch at one of Kamakura’s finest Japanese restaurants. After lunch, head to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which was built in 1063 and dedicated to Emperor Ojin, also known as the God of War. The shrine is the most important Shinto Shrine in the city and sits at the geographical center of Kamakura. As you explore the complex, soak up the tranquil atmosphere and listen to your guide’s fascinating insight into the shrine’s history. At the end of an unforgettable day in Kamakura, travel back to Tokyo by train, arriving at around 4 or 5 pm.

Hakone and Kamakura: 3-day Rail Pass

5. Hakone and Kamakura: 3-day Rail Pass

Use the train service in the Hakone and Kamakura regions of Japan with this 36-hour pass. Enjoy unlimited trips to popular local sightseeing destinations when you book.Enjoy access to Owakudani Volcano, Lake Ashinoko, and Hakone Open-air Museum. See Kamakura, an old samurai capital with bay views and old temples. Take unlimited rides on designated local transportation. Use your valid ticket on all Odakyu lines, most Hakone local transportation, and all Enoden Lines.

From Tokyo: Kamakura Private Customize Tour by Luxury Van

6. From Tokyo: Kamakura Private Customize Tour by Luxury Van

If you want to move around with your family or friends in private comfort, then my luxury car service will be the best choice for you. Compared with using public transportation, you can save physical strength and improve efficiency. For a better sightseeing experience. Kamakura used to be a center of politics in the 12th century. One of the representative sight-seeing spots is Big Image of Buddha in Kotoku-in temple. From there, you can travel almost all the famous temples . On the way to Hachiman shrine, you can enjoy shopping on KOMACHI street. While walking through the street, you can feel something different from the western culture. In this area, there are many valuable temples and shrines . You can also visit the small island located in the western part of Kamakura. There are many shrines on the island dedicated to Benten, the goddess of luck, wealth, music and knowledge. On a clear day, you can enjoy a stunning view of Mount Fuji! You can customize the itinerary of your tour or we can provide you with reference according to your preferences

Kamakura Full Day Historic / Culture Tour

7. Kamakura Full Day Historic / Culture Tour

Discover the enchanting beauty of Kamakura, Japan, on a captivating historic tour that will transport you back in time. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and ancient traditions of this coastal gem as you explore iconic sites like the Great Buddha, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and Zen temples surrounded by lush gardens. With knowledgeable guides, who live in the area they love, enjoy breathtaking scenery, and a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine, this tour promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Japan's storied past.

Kamakura: Daibutsu Hiking Trail Tour with Local Guide

8. Kamakura: Daibutsu Hiking Trail Tour with Local Guide

Just one hour from Tokyo, Kamakura is the home of the samurai and is of great cultural importance to Japan. To start your day, meet your guide at your hotel, or the closest station. You will then set off to combat the Daibutsu Trail, which is 3.7 miles (6km) in length.  The Daibutsu hiking trail runs between the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) in the south and the Jochi-ji Zen temple towards the north. The trail passes by the unique “money washing” shrine at Zeniarai Benten, where you can branch off the trail and head to Jufuku-ji, the first of the 5 important zen temples in Kakamkura. Nearby, the temples of Engaku-ji and Kencho-ji can also be visited. From Kencho-ji it’s possible to continue on the Tennen trail by foot, for a longer hike which ends near the 5th and last of the five temples. The tour can be personalized according to your wishes. Just let the local partner know what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying. Your nationally-licensed guide will customize your six-hour tour according to your interests.

Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

9. Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

Kamakura was the ancient capital of Japan and now a major day trip spot both for Japanese and foreign tourists. Start your tour in Tokyo so you do not need to worried about transportation from/to Tokyo! Take the JR train forabout 1. 5 hrs and Eno-den, the local lovely train in Kamakura. The Great Buddha is the second largest Buddha in Japan and surprisingly it is located in open air! Hase temple is famous for flowers especially hydrangea so you can enjoy various flowers in season. There are also many interesting Budda, Kannon, and gods of wealth so you can make a wish to be rich! For lunch, you can eat typical local foods there. Kamakura is famous for seafood but if you do not like it, other food can be arranged based on your request. Then visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and enjoy shopping at Komachi street. If you would like to stay longer for shopping after the tour, you can. If you would like to visit other places like Hokokuji temple with its bamboo forest or Enoshima island, plans can be changed.

Kamakura: Private History and Heritage Tour by Rickshaw

10. Kamakura: Private History and Heritage Tour by Rickshaw

Explore Kamakura’s extraordinary past on a private tour of its temples and heritage sites. Choose from 4 different tour durations to suit your schedule, and discover this fromer Samurai capital.  On the 45-minute tour your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the center of the town, passing Otori Gate and the famous Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Return to the station through quaint side streets, past temples with expansive grounds. For a more in-depth experience, the tour of 1 hour and 10 minutes includes a stop at the Hokokuji Temple, where you can wander through the famous gardens.   With the tour of 2 hours and 10 minutes, climb all the way up to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and enjoy the views over the city. This option also includes a visit to the Daibutsu, the Great Buddha Statue. For the most comprehensive tour of Kamakura, select the tour of 3 hours and 10 minutes, that includes all of the sights listed above.

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4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

I booked this trip as a surprise Christmas present for my partner and we had a fantastic time during our tour. This was the most memorable and special day of our whole 2-week trip to Japan. Thank you to our hosts for the fantastic experience! Our host contacted me well in advance and offered me plenty of opportunities to customise the trip to give us the best experience possible. The route and itinerary were perfect, and the depth of local knowledge and little touches like the stop for traditional sweets made the day so much more special. Kamakura and the surrounding area are beautiful, and hiking is absolutely the best way to experience it. The whole day is a wonderful memory we will cherish always. I cannot emphasise enough how great this experience was for us, and we will absolutely be booking future tours with Kota when we come back to Japan!

loved the sights. Sho was an amazing guide. she had a stressful day because roads got closed to some of the sights, so she had to improvise. We ended up using public transportation a bunch and in the end everything worked out. would definitely recommend! also the Kotoku-in Buddha statue is beautiful and definitely worth seeing.

The tour was well organised. Our guide, Mr Chow, is knowledgeable and he tried to explain everything in English for us. For those who don't understand Mandarin, it should not be a problem (although it was stated that the guide is Chinese speaking).

A great day outside the bustle of Tokyo. A bit of sightseeing, a bit of rest, time for coffee and lunch.

The guide was very good, he explained a lot of things in a short time, congratulations.