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Kamakura Private Day Tour

Summary

The ancient city of Kamakura, surrounded by hills and a long beach, is one of the Japan's most beautiful cities. In Kamakura, traditional culture such as Zen Buddhism and tea ceremony is in harmony with modern ones like fashionable cafes and sweets shops. Why don't you visit historic sites dotting the city and enjoy the beautiful townscape the national trust has protected, with a well-informed tour guide in this area?

Itinerary

Itinerary Day Schedule
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Pick up at hotel in the central Tokyo -> You'll visit 4 or 5 places from......Engakuji Temple / Meigetsu-in Temple / Tokeiji Temple / Hokokuji Temple / Jomyoji Temple / Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine -> Kamakura Station

◆Engakuji Temple
Engakuji Temple is ranked 2nd in the Five Great Zen Temples in Kamakura. The buildings stand in a straight line from Somon (the Main Gate) to the innermost building. This is the typical Zen style. O-gane (Great Bell) is designated as a national treasure. After visiting Butsuden (the Buddhist Sanctum) which houses the principal image, you can enjoy the views from Ryoan-in (one of the subordinate temples) on the top of the hill, and the beautiful front garden of the Hojo (the chief priest's residence). Zen spirit with 800 years' history has healed people who practice Zen at the training hall near the national treasure called Shari-den (the Reliquary Hall).

◆Meigetsu-in Temple
Meigetsu-in is known as a flower temple. Through the round window of the Main Hall, the dry landscape garden can be seen. The circle like a full-moon is said to represent the state of enlightenment. A dry landscape garden, mainly composed of rocks and white sand, was created as a Zen training place. The soothing sound of dripping water in Tsurube-No-I (one of the Ten Wells in Kamakura) and flowers adorned every here and there in the precincts make you feel the beauty of Japan.

◆Tokeiji Temple
In the Edo Period, a wife could not divorce her husband without permission of the husband himself. Once such women in trouble ran into this temple, however, they were entitled to a divorce by the law of the temple. Tokeiji was the only convent granted the authority by the Shogunate. Its treasure museum includes the material concerning marriage which tells us about such women's sorrow and pain, You can also visit graves of celebrities including Daisetsu Suzuki, a world's famous Buddhist scholar.

◆Hokokuji Temple
Hokokuji is known as "Bamboo Temple". About 2,000 straight and tall bamboos rise heavenward, and sunlight gets into them. In the bamboo garden, only the sound of streams and rustling leaves break the silence. This makes you feel like being in another world far from busy urban life.

◆Jomyoji Temple
Jomyoji is ranked 5th in the Five Great Zen Temples in Kamakura. In the tea room called "Kisen-an", you can be relaxed with drinking matcha (powdered green tea). You can also enjoy appreciating the dry landscape garden where rocks and well-trimmed trees are set out superbly. Japanese sweets complement the flavor of the tea.

◆Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
This great shrine founded by the Kamakura Shogunate and also respected by the Tokugawa Shogunate was the center of "Bushido" (the spirit of the samurai). Walking along the flag stones from the massive torii gate, the vermilion Maiden (the Ritual Dance Stage) with a heartbreaking story comes into view up ahead. Up on the sixty stone steps stands Honden (the Main Hall) donated by a Shogun. This place commands a view of Kamakura City. In Hakko-do (a craft shop) at the entrance of the shrine, you can enjoy elaborate Kamakura-bori crafts (wooden artifacts carved in relief repeatedly lacquered in black and vermilion).

Included

・Guiding fee
・Tea‐ceremony room fee with Matcha green powdered tea and dry confectionery
・Admission fee
・Public Transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, an additional fee will be charged.)
Pick-up service is limited to a place within 10-minute walk from a station on JR Yamanote Line or inside the circle of JR Yamanote Line.

Not Included

Lunch and sightseeing activities

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees and remittance charge will be charged:
(1) 14-3 days before the program day: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program day: 50 % of the program fee
(3) one day before, on the departure day, or cancellation without notice: 100 % of the program fee

Notifications

◆Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard for the instructions.
◆Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or the case where you would like to request a special care for participants, including children. Please email us at info@truejapantours.com to check the availability and share the information.
Please note that any programs booked without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.
◆Our services are mainly offered in English. In addition, services in other languages, such as Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian are also available. In case you would like services in languages other than English, please inquire us at info@truejapantours.com as soon as possible. We will check the availability.
◆Our business hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays. For inquiries received outside the business hours, we will look into them and respond on the next business day.
◆Deadline for booking of this program is 10:00 am of 3 business days (JST) prior to the program date.When booking after the deadline, please email us at info@truejapantours.com to check the availability. 
Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.

Available date calendar

Available Date & Time

9:00 start

The Time Required

6.5 hours

Venue

Engakuji Temple

Meigetsu-in Temple

Tokeiji Temple

Hokokuji Temple

Jomyoji Temple

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Meeting Place

Pick up at your hotel
※Pick-up service is limited to a place within 10 minute walk from a station on JR Yamanote Line or inside the circle of JR Yamanote Line.

Program Fee

Basic Fee (Per Group)
17,000JPY
Fee per Person
9,000JPY
Age 6 - 11
5,400 JPY

Total Price =
Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

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