With a National Licensed Guide, visit the Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan and the home of samurai. Just 1 hour from Tokyo, this city is of great cultural importance to Japan.Meet at your hotel or enywhere else you want, once you have arrived in Kamakura, your first stop will be at the Kotoku-in Buddhist temple. The temple houses a giant bronze state of the Buddha, one of the most iconic monuments in Japan. The tour also can takes you to the historic and spiritual center of Kamakura, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shinto shrine, which is almost 1000 years old, Komachi Dori Street, the best restaurant and souvenir shopping area in Kamakura and anywhere else you want. You will also have free time for shopping and having lunch.Go in depth with a private guide who customizes your 4 hour tour to your interests. Please let us know what would you like to experience and what time would you like to join the tour and where you stay. We would customize the tour based on your requests!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, KantoThe shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. The deified spirits of the ancient Emperor Ojin who has been identified with Hachiman, Hime-gami and Empress Jingu are enshrined at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, KantoThe Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple and some recent creations.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, KantoHasedera (長谷寺) is a temple of the Jodo sect, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan and can be viewed in the temple's main building, the Kannon-do HallDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, KantoHokokuji Temple is best known for the beautiful, small bamboo grove found behind the temple's main hall, which lies thick with over 2000 dark green bamboo stalks. A few narrow pathways lead through the bamboo to a tea house where, for a small fee, you can sit and enjoy a cup of matcha tea while enjoying views into the bamboo grove. Also located behind the temple are a series of shallow caves carved into the hillsides, which are believed to hold the ashes of some of the later Ashikaga lords.Duration: 30 minutes