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From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

1. From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to the laid-back beach town of Kamakura. Just an hour south of Tokyo, this beach-side town offers ample opportunity to learn more about Japan’s heritage and feudal history. Be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Follow your guide as you navigate through the intricate architecture of the area, past flame-colored torii gates marking entrances to shrines, and magnificent Buddhist temples. See the most notable attractions, including the spectacular Great Buddha and Hokokuji Bamboo Forest. Kamakura was the ancient feudal capital of Japan and had a vital role in spreading Buddhism across the country. The crown jewel of the town is the Amida Buddha at Kotoku-in, forged from bronze. See the modern side of the town by heading over to the local surf shacks and eyeing up the waves. Finish your day with a hike up to the peaceful local forest.

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

2. 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.

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From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima Full-Day Private Tour

3. From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima Full-Day Private Tour

Head out on a full-day private tour south of Tokyo to Kamakura, the seaside, medieval capital of Japan and home of the samurai. Get a taste of the beautiful landscapes, temples, and shrines, as well as the exact locations featured in the manga Slam Dunk. End your day with a visit to the small island of Enoshima.   After being picked up from your hotel, enjoy the scenic drive to Kamakura with your private driver. The first stop on your tour will be visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura’s most important Shinto shrine. Then, head down Komachi Street, a popular shopping street, where you can enjoy local seafood, snacks, and souvenirs. Next up is a visit to the Hase-dera Temple, home of the famous 11-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Moving on from Hase-dera Temple, check out one of the most iconic places in Kamakura, the Kotoku-in Temple with its huge bronze statue of Buddha. The last stop on the tour is Enoshima, a small island located west of Kamakura. Access it by riding the Enoden, an iconic single-track train. On clear days, you can see stunning views of Mt. Fuji. After this full-day tour, enjoy the drive back to your hotel in Tokyo, arriving around 6:00 PM.  Tour schedule: 8:00 AM — Pickup from your hotel in Tokyo’s 23 wards 10:10 AM — Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (approx. 120 minutes) 12:30 PM — Hase-dera Temple (approx. 50 minutes) 1:30 PM — Kotoku-in Temple (approx. 30 minutes) 2:30 PM — Enoshima (approx. 120 minutes) 6:00 PM — Drop-off at your hotel in Tokyo’s 23 wards

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Kamakura Old Capital Walking Tour with the Great Buddha

4. Kamakura Old Capital Walking Tour with the Great Buddha

After trying out a traditional Japanese snack on Komachi-dori, go on to explore Kamakura's history and unique culture along with your friendly local guide. Venture into Kamakura's beautiful temples and shrines before having a delicious, super-healthy lunch in Hasedera Temple. You will get to peruse this fantastic structure with the help of your informative guide.  After your visit to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, you will finish your tour with an exciting visit to Yuigahama Beach! Gain insight into how to make the most out of visiting Japanese shrines and temples and enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch at the temple restaurant! Check out Hasedera Temple, with it's beautiful scenic views of the coastline and hidden little cave before going on to greet the Great Buddha! You'll get to take a lot of photos.

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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.

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Kamakura: Daibutsu Hiking Trail Tour with Local Guide

6. 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.

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Kamakura: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

7. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

A worthwhile day trip

A worthwhile day trip with a very personable, competent guide, who moved safely through the entire jungle of trains and stations. Apart from the well-known temples and the big Buddha, she led us to a typical Japanese restaurant with excellent food and explained many details to us, but was still talking non-stop. The nice weather made the trip a highlight.

Was good way to spend an day, see the old capital of Japan .

The guide was fluent in English and had excellent knowledge of the city. We travelled by metro and bus. She joined us for lunch, guiding us through the meal.

Interesting history, beautiful temples, cute town - I wish I could have spent more time there ambling among the shops, but that wasn't part of the tour.

A great day at the Japanese seaside with Patrick. Temples, shrines, local food and Black Kites behaving like Seaguls. Amazing.