Half-Day Kamakura Day Trip from Tokyo

Escape Tokyo for a day to visit the historic temples and shrines of Kamakura
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Tour Details
4.5 hours
Product Type
  • Kotoku-in
  • Hase Temple
  • The Great Buddha of Kamakura
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  • Half-day tour of Kamakura led by an expert in Japanese history
  • Gain a better understanding of the importance of Kamakura's historic temples and shrines
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Tour Description
The perks and efficiency of Japanese rail transport allow for a range of accessible, deeply engaging day trips from Tokyo. An hour by train from the crush of Tokyo Station is the charming town of Kamakura, home to one of Japan’s most widely recognized religious icons—the 13.35-meter-tall Great Buddha of Kamakura. In this half-day Kamakura Tour, we’ll visit this massive bronze structure as well as some of Kamakura’s other important temples and shrines, such as Hase Temple and Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine. Depending on the weather, we’ll walk within Kamakura, or take the local electric railway part of the way there.

"What a great day. Must-go-to experience life on the coast!”

From Ancient Temples to Bronzed Buddhas

Once our train arrives in Kamakura, we will head to Hasedera (Hase Temple), home to lovely gardens and a view over the bay. Along the path to the temple’s main buildings, we’ll see hundreds of jizo, statues of the Jizo Bodhisattva who is believed to accompany the souls of deceased children. At this point in the tour, we’ll sit for tea and traditional Japanese snacks to discuss the Jodo sect of Buddhism to which Hasedera belongs.

After Hasadera, we will head over to Kotoku-in, host to the iconic Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu). The bronze statue dates back to 1252 and was initially housed within a temple hall. Unfortunately, typhoons destroyed the temple, and buildings but the Buddha survived unharmed and has been sitting outdoors since 1495. Today, green with age, this is Japan’s second tallest bronze Buddha; the first is at temple Todai-ji in Nara, outside Kyoto (where we also have a Nara Tour). Kotoku-in may be our last stop, unless we manage to keep up the pace--in which case we may be able to fit in one last visit for the day at the Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine before heading back to Kamakura Station. 

You may, of course, return to Tokyo on the same train as your expert, however, we encourage you stay in Kamakura to have lunch or spend some of the afternoon visiting other attractions.

Take Aways

At the end of our day trip from Tokyo to Kamakura, we will emerge with an enhanced knowledge of this important historical town and gain a better understanding of the relevance of its temples and shrines, as well as have appreciated the serenity and great beauty on display.

If you are using a Japan Rail Pass, please let us know. If you have one, you do not need to purchase a train ticket, and we will remove it from your order.


Where does it start? Where does it end? 
You'll meet near Tokyo Station. The confirmation email will have the exact spot. The tour ends in Kamakura. You can stay in Kamakura and explore on your own, or return to Tokyo with the expert. Your train tickets are round trip, and you can return at any time.

Are train tickets included? 
Yes! You will pay for them ahead of time, and the guide will buy them for you at the station. You will be responsible for any other nominal costs throughout the tour.

Can we arrange a car service instead of the train?
For this tour, we always take the train. Trains in Japan are faster and more efficient than driving.

Is it okay to tip my guide in Japan?
Yes. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 10-25% of the purchase price of a personal service such as this, depending on the quality of the experience and their tipping habits.
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Excellent tour with Chris who was so knowledgeable and passionate about the sites, their history and significance.
Maciej was excellent - knowledgeable, communicates well, gave us the history of temples we visited, and helped us understand the role and importance of religion in development of the Japanese culture.
Maciej was exceptional. He has deep knowledge of the religious culture of Japan and its impact on modern Japan. He provided the insights we needed for understanding and valuing all that we are experiencing here.

Embark on an unforgettable Half-Day Kamakura Day Trip from Tokyo, a journey that promises educational depth, cultural immersion, and expert guidance. This enriching excursion takes you from the bustling cityscape of Tokyo to the serene coastal town of Kamakura, home to the iconic Great Buddha and ancient Zen temples. Our guides, experts in Japanese history and culture, will lead you through Kamakura's tranquil paths, sharing stories that breathe life into the historic sites you visit.

Discover the essence of Kamakura as you explore the majestic Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and the peaceful Kencho-ji Temple, each stop meticulously curated to offer a profound understanding of Japan's rich cultural tapestry. This tour, tailored for personalization and sustainability, ensures a small group experience, allowing for an intimate and engaging exploration of Kamakura's hidden gems.

Before you embark on your adventure, enhance your understanding by joining our related lecture on top day trips from Tokyo here. Dive deeper into the history and significance of Kamakura, preparing yourself for a more enriched travel experience.

Book your Half-Day Kamakura Day Trip from Tokyo today and step into a world where history, culture, and natural beauty intertwine, offering a transformative escape from the everyday. Join us and uncover the stories that have shaped this timeless destination.