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1-Day trip: Kamakura City (Enoshima/Shonan/Beach)

1. 1-Day trip: Kamakura City (Enoshima/Shonan/Beach)

Kamakura is an ancient city that has produced its own, original culture. Once it was a political capital along with Nara and Kyoto. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to important sites in the Kamakura area on this customizable, full day tour. Ideal for larger groups, especially families, our private charter ensures a seamless and effortless exploration, allowing you to see more in a day with utmost ease. The flexible tour schedule allows you to enjoy the day at your own pace. You can choose which sites to explore in the region, including the Enkakuji Temple, Kotokuin, Kencho-ji Temple, Hasedera Temple, Komachi-dori, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura coastline, Yuigahama Beach, Enoshima, Jogashima Prefectural Park, etc. Along the way, you will be accompanied by an expert driver.

Kamakura: Full Day Private Tour with English Guide

2. Kamakura: Full Day Private Tour with English Guide

Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), cast in 1252, the statue has withstood the test of time, and visitors can admire its serene expression while exploring the temple grounds and offering a glimpse into Japan's rich religious and artistic heritage. Sasuke Inari Shrine, dedicated to the deity Inari, associated with rice, fertility, and prosperity, the shrine is known for its picturesque setting and unique fox statues. The pathway leading to the main shrine is lined with countless small fox statues, believed to be messengers of Inari. Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove, this Zen Buddhist temple is renowned for its beautiful bamboo forest, providing visitors with a tranquil and immersive experience. The lush greenery of the bamboo creates a peaceful atmosphere as visitors stroll through the narrow paths, surrounded by towering bamboo shoots. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Dedicated to Hachiman, the patron deity of the samurai, the shrine holds a central place in Kamakura's history and cultural heritage. Its main buildings are set on a picturesque wooden terrace overlooking a large pond, connected by a grand stone bridge. Kencho-ji Temple, is a historic Zen Buddhist temple and holds the distinction of being one of the oldest and most significant Zen training monasteries in the country. The temple complex features various buildings, gardens, and meditation halls. The Hojo, or Abbot's Hall, is notable for its elegant architecture and beautiful gardens, creating a serene atmosphere for contemplation.

Kita-Kamakura Audio Guide Tour: Discovering Zen Serenity

3. Kita-Kamakura Audio Guide Tour: Discovering Zen Serenity

This is a self-guided tour (audio guide) using an app. *English audio guide *You can listen to it at home, on the go, anywhere *No ticket redemption required *This is not an official audio guide *Please do not make direct inquiries to the facility regarding this audio guide *Audio guides are available for purchase regardless of facility opening hours. However, if you go to there, please check the opening hours on the official website. ■What can you hear in the audio guide? This audio guide takes you through the three major Zen temples in Kita-Kamakura: Engaku-ji, Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in. It delves into the unique features of each temple and deeply explores the teachings of Zen and its profound relationship with these sacred spaces. With this, you can learn and experience more about each temple and Zen itself. ■What kind of place is Engaku-ji,Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in? Engaku-ji, Kencho-ji, and Meigetsu-in are prominent temples in Kamakura, each offering unique cultural experiences. Engaku-ji, known for its tranquil atmosphere, is the final resting place of soldiers who fell during the Mongol invasions. Kencho-ji, Japan's oldest Zen training monastery, boasts beautiful gardens and a five-story pagoda. Meigetsu-in, often called the Hydrangea Temple, enchants visitors with its stunning blue hydrangea blossoms in early summer, and a circular window framing a serene garden view. ■HOW TO USE 1.After purchase, we will send a message to your email address registered with getyourguide. 2.From the URL in the message, download the audio guide app "Pokke" to your smartphone. 3.After downloading the app, you can listen to the audio guide. Audio guide time: 120 minutes Number of guides: 23

Kamakura; First Samurai Capital walking tour

4. Kamakura; First Samurai Capital walking tour

Looking at Kamakura’s beautiful and scenic streets of today, it is difficult to imagine it has gone through many bloody battles before and after its establishment in 1192. There are more than 170 Buddhist temples in Kamakura mourning the dead. Some built by the powers at that time, are magnificent and impressive to look at. We will start the tour at the Kita- Kamakura Station. The second most important Zen temple, Enkaku-ji is just 2minutes walk from the station. We will enter the temple through the great “Sanmon Gate”. Then go to “Butsuden” (Buddha Hall) to admire Buddha statue. Moving on to “Hatto” (Dharma Hall) to see the picture of a dragon painted on the ceiling. After that, climb 135 stairs to see “Bonsho” (temple bell), a national treasure. As a reward to your effort to climb these stairs, you can enjoy the scenic view of Kamakura from Enkaku-ji’s Bonsho. We will then visit the most prestigious Zen temple in Kamakura,"Kencho-ji". “Sanmon Gates”, “Butsuden”, “Hatto” (Dharma Hall) and “Bonsho (national treasure) awaits at a grander scale. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, was built to display and impress the power of the first Shogun, and it has been the symbol of Kamakura ever since. The shrine is dedicated to the Hachiman kami(deity), the deity of good fortune in warfare. Located at the top of the hill, you can enjoy the scenic view of Kamakura. We will walk through ”Dankazura”, the 450m walkway that extends to the Third Torii gate from the then sea coast marks the entrance to the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. It was also built by the first Shogun to pray for the safe delivery of an heir. The road is also famous for cherry blossoms. Kamakura is also home to beautiful and powerful Kamakura Lacquerware (METI certified Japanese traditional craft), that was originally made by Buddhist sculptors 800 years ago. During the Edo period (1603-1868), Kamakura-Lacquerware spread beyond Buddhist ritual items, and daily goods began to be produced. They are popularly used in tea ceremonies nowadays. We will be visiting Kamakura Lacquerware Museum that displays works from Muromachi period (1336~1568) to the present day.

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