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Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

1. Kamakura: Great Buddha, Hase Temple, & Komachi Street Tour

Kamakura was the ancient capital of Japan and now a major day trip spot both for Japanese and foreign tourists. Start your tour in Tokyo so you do not need to worried about transportation from/to Tokyo! Take the JR train forabout 1. 5 hrs and Eno-den, the local lovely train in Kamakura. The Great Buddha is the second largest Buddha in Japan and surprisingly it is located in open air! Hase temple is famous for flowers especially hydrangea so you can enjoy various flowers in season. There are also many interesting Budda, Kannon, and gods of wealth so you can make a wish to be rich! For lunch, you can eat typical local foods there. Kamakura is famous for seafood but if you do not like it, other food can be arranged based on your request. Then visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and enjoy shopping at Komachi street. If you would like to stay longer for shopping after the tour, you can. If you would like to visit other places like Hokokuji temple with its bamboo forest or Enoshima island, plans can be changed.

From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima 1-Day Bus Tour

2. From Tokyo: Kamakura and Enoshima 1-Day Bus Tour

Get on the bus from one of the several departure locations in central Tokyo (shuttle bus service) and head towards Japan’s former capital city between the 12th and 14th-century: Kamakura. Start the tour of this coastal town by walking along the famous Wakamiya street towards Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Kamakura's most important Shinto shrine. If you still have some time after the visit, have a look around the nearby Komachi Street, a popular shopping street where you can enjoy local seafood, snacks and souvenirs. Next up is a visit of Hase-dera (Hase temple), home to the famous eleven-headed statue of Kannon the Goddess of Mercy, which is considered one of the biggest wooden statues in Japan. The scenic view from the observation platform on the upper ground is recognized as one of the most picturesque spots in Kamakura. Moving on from Hase Temple, walk to one of the most iconic places in Kamakura, the Kotoku Temple with its huge bronze statue of Buddha, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government. The statue is 11.3-meters tall and weighs around 121 tons. The last stop of the tour is Enoshima, a small island located west of Kamakura. Many Shrine buildings can be found around the island and are dedicated to Benten, a popular goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. On clear days you can also enjoy stunning views of Mt. Fuji from the island!

Tokyo: 30 Minute Sky Cruising Helicopter Tour

3. Tokyo: 30 Minute Sky Cruising Helicopter Tour

Experience the best views of Tokyo from a helicopter with large windows. This 30 minute flight is priced for up to 3 persons. Taking off from Tokyo Heliport, at Shinkiba, fly over the city’s main landmarks going around Odaiba, Rainbow Bridge, Tama River, Minatomirai and Tokyo Sky Tree, etc.  The 600 meter panoramic view is a new style of sightseeing. With tour narration, there's no better way to enjoy the dramatic Tokyo skyline. Fly over sightseeing spots between Tokyo and Yokohama by helicopter. The activity duration is 40 minutes and will include a 10 minute explanation and 30 minute flight. This is an attractive tour, where you will see the famous spots and a high tower and much more.

From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

4. From Tokyo: Day Trip to Coastal Kamakura

Meet your guide in Tokyo and take the train to the laid-back beach town of Kamakura. Just an hour south of Tokyo, this beach-side town offers ample opportunity to learn more about Japan’s heritage and feudal history. Be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Follow your guide as you navigate through the intricate architecture of the area, past flame-colored torii gates marking entrances to shrines, and magnificent Buddhist temples. See the most notable attractions, including the spectacular Great Buddha and Hokokuji Bamboo Forest. Kamakura was the ancient feudal capital of Japan and had a vital role in spreading Buddhism across the country. The crown jewel of the town is the Amida Buddha at Kotoku-in, forged from bronze. See the modern side of the town by heading over to the local surf shacks and eyeing up the waves. Finish your day with a hike up to the peaceful local forest.

From Tokyo: Helicopter Flight over Mt. Fuji

5. From Tokyo: Helicopter Flight over Mt. Fuji

Fly over Mt. Fuji on a panoramic helicopter flight from Tokyo and get amazing views of the city and snow-capped peak of the mountain from the aircraft's large windows. Benefit from a full commentary every step of the way. Take off from Tokyo Heliport and fly over Rainbow Bridge as it crosses Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato. Continue over the landscaped gardens of Hamarikyu Onshi-teien and see the Tokyo Tower from above. Get aerial views of the industrial city of Kawasaki and the port city of Yokohama. Make your way over Enoshima Island and the historic city of Odawara. Fly over the hot springs area of Hakone and the scenic lake of Ashinoko before getting bird's eye views of Mt. Fuji on Honshu Island. Fly back to Tokyo Heliport for more views of the city's dramatic skyline before landing. This tour cannot guarantee that you can see Mt. Fuji. as it depends on the weather conditions, it is possible it may be changed to a short tour. In that case, you will be refunded the difference in the flight time, but please note that you won't be refunded due to not being able to see Mt. Fuji as it cannot be guaranteed.

From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day Trip to Hakone

6. From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day Trip to Hakone

Enjoy a private and personalized walking experience of the beautiful mountain town of Hakone just 2 hours away from the city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host in Tokyo, board the luxurious and express Romancecar train and enjoy the scenic trip to the peaceful hamlet of Hakone, where your pilgrimage begins. Discover why Mount Fuji has a special place in Japanese culture and experience one of three sacred mountains, which is beautiful from all angles.  Get a chance to see the mountain from across the shimmering waters of Lake Ashinoko, and from remote locations only accessible via the enchanting Hakone Ropeway.  The foothills of the iconic and active volcano are home to a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Wander along the many walking trails and see a collection of protected areas that encompass lakes, islands, and a remarkable breadth of natural beauty.  The region’s lush greenery will give you all the tranquility you crave, granting you some much-needed rest from the constant motion of Tokyo.

From Tokyo: Kamakura Day Trip with Private Driver & Temples

7. From Tokyo: Kamakura Day Trip with Private Driver & Temples

Take a day trip from Tokyo with a private driver to the ancient coastal city of Kamakura. Discover the wooden statue in Hasa-dera temple, before traveling on to Kotoku-in to see The Great Buddha of Kamakura. Stroll in Kencho-ji, think of the spirit at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and finish at Hokokuji. Get picked up from your accommodations in Tokyo and watch the beautiful scenery of the Japanese countryside pass by your window on the drive to Kamakura. Go over the itinerary with your driver and request any extra stops. Arrive at the temple of Hasa-dera, famous for its eleven-headed stature of the merciful goddess Kannon. Take your time to explore the grounds and admire this gilded wooden statue, one of the largest of its kind in Japan. Come face to face with Buddha at your next stop in Kotoku-in. Walk around the Great Buddha of Kamakura bronze statue and take some photos or meditate with lush, green trees all around. Take a deep breath as the big Buddha statue disappears over the horizon and immerse yourself in the ancient peace of Kencho-ji, the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. Explore the first ranked Great Zen Temple of Kamakura from the bottom of the valley to the forested hills hidden behind. Travel from an ancient Zen temple to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura. Imagine local life in this cultural center of the city, serving as the venue to many of its most important festivals. Finish your trip with a stroll through the small but beautiful bamboo grove in the temple of Hokokuji. For a small fee, enjoy a cup of traditional matcha tea as bamboo shoots sway in the wind. It is believed the shallow caves carved into the hillside hold the ashes of the Ashikaga.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 290 reviews

The tour is very good, in general it has good times of stay in the temples and in Kamakura, which gives freedom to be in the places that arouse the most interest. But in the case of Enoshima, the time seems a bit exaggerated (3 hours), fundamentally because, at least in my case, the purpose is to visit the temples, and Enoshima has more of a spa character, it is a nice place, but 3 hours I thought it was a bit excessive

A worthwhile day trip

A worthwhile day trip with a very personable, competent guide, who moved safely through the entire jungle of trains and stations. Apart from the well-known temples and the big Buddha, she led us to a typical Japanese restaurant with excellent food and explained many details to us, but was still talking non-stop. The nice weather made the trip a highlight.

Was good way to spend an day, see the old capital of Japan .

The guide was fluent in English and had excellent knowledge of the city. We travelled by metro and bus. She joined us for lunch, guiding us through the meal.

A great day at the Japanese seaside with Patrick. Temples, shrines, local food and Black Kites behaving like Seaguls. Amazing.