Kamakura Car Tour

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A FULL DAY TOUR TO KAMAKURA (DAILY)

KAMAKURA CAR TOUR

  • THE KAMAKURA CAR TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • We will accommodate your needs, requests and interests. If necessary, your itinerary can be changed depending on your existing schedule.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to Kamakura in a private car.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

Kamakura Tour Recommended Itinerary

Time:9:00 - 17:00

Duration:8 hours (Approx.)

  1. The Great Buddha in Kamakura
  2. Hase Temple
  3. Tsurugaoka hachimangu Shinto Shrine
  4. Komachi Shopping Street
  5. Kenchoji Zen temple

Kamakura is located 80 kilometers south west of Tokyo, and it was the site of the first Shogunate government. Since Kamakura is surrounded to the north, east and west by mountains, and to the south by the sea of Sagami Bay, it was a natural fortress. That's one of the major reasons why warlord Minamoto Yoritomo, founder of the first military government, chose Kamakura as the site of his government headquarters. Yoritomo took political power from the Imperial family and established his government in Kamakura in 1192. This was the first Shogunate government which ruled Japan instead of Emperor. The government lasted nearly 140 years (1192-133), and was located in the Kanto region or the East of Japan where Tokyo is located.

Although Kamakura has been gradually modernized as have other traditional Japanese cities, the greater part of it still retains a traditional atmosphere, in that it has 19 Shinto shrines and 65 Buddhist temples, creating a traditional Japanese atmosphere from Japanese strolling gardens, Zen rock gardens, images of the Buddha, stone lanterns, torii archways, and seasonal flowers.

Japanese people associate Kamakura with Buddhist Temples. This is because Buddhism prospered in the Kamakura period, and six major Buddhist sects were created in this period. Buddhism had a great impact on the Japanese way of life and the Japanese mentality. Zen Buddhism was also introduced into Japan from China in this period and the first Zen temple , Kenchoji temple, was established in northern Kamakura. Its simplicity and accessibility appealed to samurai warriors as well as ordinary people.

One of the landmarks in Kamakura is the Great Buddha in the Kotokuin temple, erected in the 13th century. The bronze image of Amidha Buddha is 13 meters tall, and weighs 121 tons. It used to be housed in a temple, but the temple buildings were washed away a couple of times by typhoons and tidal waves, since then it's been sitting in the open air for more than 500 years.

Another highlight to visit in Kamakura is Hase Temple which is dedicated to a huge wooden image of the 11-faced Kannon or goddess of mercy. It is also dedicated to Jizo, guardians of children who were miscarried or stillborn. Thousands of small images of Jizo are found in the temple precinct. This temple is the only temple in Kamakura which faces the sea known as Yuigahama Beach. The veranda of the temple commands a great view of the beach. You can also enjoy strolling through the traditional Japanese garden with ponds, rocks, bridges, plants and trees in the temple precinct.

Kamakura is well known to people for its Tsurugaoka hachimangu Shrine, dedicated to the god of war, and it is also the tutelary shrine of the Minamoto (or Genji) clan, one of the influential clans of the middle ages. It was this clan who took political power from the Imperial family and established the first Shogunate government in Japanese history. In front of the main building is the Maiden stage where classical dances and Noh plays are performed, and wedding ceremonies based on the Shinto religion are held.

Kenchoji Zen temple, founded in 1253, is the headquarters of the Rinzai sect and Japan's oldest Zen training monastery. The Buddha Hall contains Jizo, the guardian deity of children.

For souvenirs, Komachi Street, lined with local specialty shops, is the most famous place in Kamakura. You can shop around for Japanese souvenirs, such as Japanese dolls, wooden crafts, antiques, etc.

8 HOUR CAR TOUR RATES

Number of guests 8 hour Tour charge
(per person)
8 hour Tour charge
(Total Charge)
Type of private
transport
1 person 100,000 100,000 Sedan
2 persons 52,500 105,000
3 persons 38,000 114,000 Mini-van
4 persons 30,000 120,000
5 persons 25,000 125,000
  • Tour price may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Admission fees; Tolls and Parking ; Sales Tax
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in the tour please book it through the booking form on our Website.

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