Half-Day Tour of Kamakura from Tokyo
The first place you will be visiting is the Hase Temple, called the "Temple of Flower." This temple is famous for housing a Buddhist statue of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, with eleven faces and a thousand arms. Each of the eleven faces represents a different phase in the search for enlightenment. The 30ft (9.18m) tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan. You can also enjoy the pretty garden with ponds and the Jizo-do Hall with hundreds of small statues of the Jizo Bodhisattva who helps the souls of dead children to reach the paradise.
After about 1 hour, you will visit the Kotokuin Temple, which houses the Great Buddha, the most famous Great Buddha in Japan for about 30 minutes. The Kotokuin was constructed in 1252. It has a bronze statue “Great Buddha Statue” that stands 13 meters high, sitting cross-legged, robed with drapes in the classical lines reminiscent of ancient Greece, cast in 1292. It sits outside against wooden hills.
The last place you will visit is the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the symbol of Kamakura. This shrine was originally built in 1063 and dedicated to the Emperor Ojin (God of War) and the Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo among others. An interesting fact of this shrine is that it was not only a Shinto "Hachimangu" shrine, but also a Tendai Buddhist temple for most of its history.
Then, lunch will be taken at a fine, traditional Japanese restaurant in Kamakura. After lunch, you will head back and be dropped back to your hotel in Tokyo at around 2pm.
Please note: the order and duration for each place is subject to change, and entrance fees are at the traveler's own expense.
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks (both customer and guide)
- Train (both guests and tour guide), 1400 yen (approx. $12USD) per-person (one-way)
- Entrance fees(Hase temple 300 yen per person, Great buddah 200 yen per person)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Very knowledgeable guide but difficult to understand his English. Also had to pay 2700 yen for couple and guide tickets to Kamakura and 2700 back again plus 5000 yen for 3 lunches and another 1000 yen or so for admission tickets so this gets expensive.
Very helpful and knowledgable guide who was local to the area so made everything very clear and easy, even the long train ride. The Buddhist temple was the most enjoyable of our trip - not crowded at all - and the giant Buddha was a real surprise. We stayed on in Kamakura for lunch and close inspection of the shopping street!