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Take a break from fast-paced Tokyo as you journey back in time to the serene temples, shrines and gardens of Kamakura on this day trip.
Begin your excursion with a pickup from Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Then head out by coach for a 30-mile (50-km) ride south to the city Kamakura, situated on Japan’s Sagami Bay. Start your Kamakura visit at Jomyo-ji Temple, enjoy matcha — powdered green tea — amid the refined and tranquil ambiance of a 400-year-old tearoom that looks out over a Japanese rock garden.
Later visit Hokoku-ji Temple, a renowned temple whose highlight is its beautiful bamboo grove, and then the city’s famous Great Buddha, located at the complex of Kotoku-in Temple. This renowned bronze statue, dating to 1252, is considered a national icon. Peek inside the statue’s hollow interior, then gaze at the entirely of the figure, which towers over 43 feet (13 meters) high.
Enjoy a Japanese style lunch and then head to Enoshima. Enoshima is a small island featuring some of the closest sandy beaches to Tokyo and it's a popular destination for locals. The tour concludes in Tokyo.
KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO, 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
1-chōme-7-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0023, Japan
English-speaking licensed guide
Entry/Admission - Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Itinerary order is subject to change depending on operation circumstances of locations to be visited, traffic, weather and operation hours.However, the tour will not be cancelled or refunded even in such cases.
Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat; no meal provided
During the peak summer season (July and August), the tour will not stop at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine due to expected congestion in Kamakura. Refunds will not be issued.
Participants can take the Enoshima Escar escalator when going up, but will need to walk the stairs when coming down. For those who have difficulty walking, please wait at the Benzaiten Nakamise Street. Please note that refunds will not be issued for such reasons. Thank you for your understanding.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Vegetarian meals are available and must be requested at the time of booking. Requests made on the day of the tour will not be accepted. Also, allergy-friendly meals, etc. are not available.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
The great Buddha statue is located in the nature in Kamakura, as if in the middle of nowhere. The walk (if you take a walk) from the station to the temple also interesting where you can feel the nature with clean air.
I think I went the same day as the previous reviewer but there were 2 buses on as it was a popular tour and I was on the first bus while they must have been on the second.
My bus did not make the additional...More
Booked a tour via this website. The reviews seemed to be good and overall tour met the expectations. It started a bit chaotic. First, my confirmation email said that pick up was BY the hotel. It did not mention that you actually have to go...More
It is all day trip but you are off and on the bus frequently. There are opportunities to walk around at the tea ceremony and you get free time to have a look around. So it was about 30 minutes from Tokyo to our first stop... More
It is all day trip but you are off and on the bus frequently. There are opportunities to walk around at the tea ceremony and you get free time to have a look around. So it was about 30 minutes from Tokyo to our first stop for the tea ceremony and you are at that destination for approx 40 minutes. 15 or so minutes for the tea ceremony and then a chance to look around. Then we moved to another temple and again we had about 40 minutes to have a look around. It took about 30 minutes back on the bus to Kamakura and after the stunning GIant Buddha is a Japanese lunch. It then took about 30 minutes to go to Enoshima Bay and across to the island. There is a stunning shrine at the top and transport to the Shrine but you have to walk back down. But the views are well worth the walk - it is a little steep but not too bad. It is then a 60 minute ride back to Tokyo. I have a knee issue and have trouble if I sit down too long but I managed fine. I think it helps when you are not just sitting down all day. I can thoroughly recommend this tour and I had a great day. Enoshima Bay was a real treat. Hope this helps.