Zen Meditation and Great Buddha of Kamakura

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Tour code : 003001K

From JPY 21,000

Tour Operating : Authentrip operated by RIELA Ltd.


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See the inside of one of Japan’s Great Buddha Statues in the ancient capital of Kamakura and enjoy some matcha green tea while gazing at a temple’s bamboo grove. Touch and feel warrior culture of centuries past.

Trip HighLights

  • Introduction to important historical Japanese city, Kamakura.Tour led by local guide. Feel free to ask questions!
  • Try on attire of samurai warriors and hold bows and arrows.
  • Visit iconic Great Buddha Statue of Kamakura.
  • Enchanting and atmospheric Bamboo Garden in Buddhist temple.
  • Delicious matcha green tea while gazing out at a Japanese garden.
  • Introduction to Zen meditation (Saturdays Only)
  • English speaking tour guide

Quick Itinerary

10:00  Kamakura Station 

 Your guide will welcome you to Kamkura. You will walk to a bus stop together.
10:15  Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple  An enduring symbol of Kamakura’s Buddhist heritage – the seated figure of Amitabha holds a special place in the hearts of many people. This figure is the principal buddha in the Pure Land school of Buddhism.

11:30  Hokoku-ji Temple and Bamboo Garden  Over 2,000 dark green stalks of bamboo make the grounds of this temple a visually inspiring location.

12:30  Matcha Green Tea at Jomyo-ji Temple  What better way to enjoy some tea that in a specially restored teahouse gazing upon the garden of this Zen Temple?

  Lunch Local Specialty Lunch

13:20  Zazen Meditation at Enkaku-ji 

(Only available on Saturdays)

Students (and teachers) of Zen can spend a lifetime learning about Zen. Where better to learn about Zen Meditation than in the Buddhist City of Kamakura?

14:35  Kamakura Mononofu-tai – Samurai Culture Experience  Kamakura is famous for temples and it is famous for warrior culture too. Become a Kamakura Samurai Warrior with period clothing such as samurai armor. A great photo opportunity! This is a Samurai Warrior Experience.

17:00  Tour Ends at Kamakura Station   

Access Information

Tour Start Point Kamakura Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point Train:
Less than an hour from Tokyo Station.
Tour Operated by Authentrip operated by RIELA Ltd.
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Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple

Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple

This statue is over 40 feet (or 13 meters) tall and along with its counterpart in Nara near Kyoto is called one of Japan’s Two Great Buddhas. It is the only National Treasure to be found in Kamakura. Visitors to the temple can actually enter the statue.

Hokoku-ji Temple and Bamboo Garden

Hokoku-ji Temple and Bamboo Garden

This temple is renowned for its splendid bamboo garden near its main hall. The temple is a three star location in the Michelin Green Guide.

Matcha Green Tea at Jomyo-ji Temple

Matcha Green Tea at Jomyo-ji Temple

The temple grounds of Jomyo-ji include gardens where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of the suikinkutsu. This is a kind of buried earthen jar which makes a pleasant sound as water drips into it. There are seats for twenty people to take in the view of the garden and have a quiet moment of contemplation.

Zazen Meditation Experience at Enkaku-ji Temple Complex (Saturdays Only)

Zazen Meditation Experience at Enkaku-ji Temple Complex (Saturdays Only)

This temple’s full name is Zuirokusan Engaku Kōshō Zenji and it is one of the most important Zen locations in Kamakura. Every Saturday, visitors are allowed experience an authentic Zen Meditation lesson here.

Kamakura Mononofu-tai – Samurai Culture Experience

Kamakura Mononofu-tai – Samurai Culture Experience

Kamakura has a history as a center of spirituality and Buddhism in Japan but it is also home to centuries of samurai culture. The team at Kamakura Mononofu-tai give visitors a chance to wear attire like the bushi warriors of old donned in the glory days of Kamakura. See first hand the archery style of the Kamakura period!

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Shogun of the Kamakura Mononofu Battalion

Shogun of the Kamakura Mononofu Battalion

We, the warriors of Kamakura, have a stronghold called Fukazawa Fort where visitors can try hands-on experiences with bows, arrows, and armor and also wear samurai costumes like a Kamakura Warrior. Not only can guests try these experiences on the grounds of our fortress, they can don old fashioned attire and explore the vestiges of the past while walking around the town of Kamakura as an optional extra too. Please ask me or one of my warriors for details.

Experiences on our grounds generally take about an hour and guests can take as many pictures with cellphones and cameras as they want to.

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors who want to try a “When in Kamakura...” experience.

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