What is Kamakura Alps ?
Kamakura is a historical city originally founded as the seat of the 1st Shogunate in the 12th century. The city of Kamakura is surrounded by hills in East, North and South, facing the sea in West. The hills are called “Kamakura Alps” although the altitude of its highest peak is only 159 meters. It’s worth walking on trails which run through natural forests and enjoying great views of the ocean over the forests. Major routes are the following three;
- Daibutsu (Great Buddha) route
- Ten-en route
- Gionyama route (currently closed for the damage)
One-day Model Plan
The basic design of this tour is to combine a short hiking in Kamakura Alps (Daibutsu Route) & visits to time-honored temples and shrines in the historical city.
- 09:00 Meet at JR Kamakura Station
- Jufukuji Temple
- Zeniarai Benzaiten Shirine
- Sasuke Inari Shrine
- Kamakura Alps (about 3 kilometer-trail)
- Kotoku-in Temple (Daibutsu, Great Buddha)
- Hasedera Temple
- 16:00 Ajourn at JR Kamakura Station
Transportation: public bus, train & on foot
Temples ＆Shrines in the Model Plan
The approach to the Buddha Hall is worth visiting. Not allowed to enter structures inside but you can feel solemn atmosphere preserved by the temple.
Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine
A unique temple which provides visitors with fortune of wealth if they go through a practice of washing their bank bills and coins with the sacred water in the cave.
Sasuke Inari Shrine
Array of Torii gates in vermilion colors and white figures of foxes … why? If you click the photo below, it will take you to a blog article about the secret.
Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha)
The original building which had housed the great Buddha was washed away by Tsunami. Since then, he is enduring a difficulty of being exposed to the weather but continues to ponder how to save people.
Kannon Bodhisattva or Goddess of Mercy is the primary Buddhist divinity but the temple is full of Must-See places including a path commanding the ocean and a cave of engraved Buddhist statues.
Important information about the guided tour
Number of guests: up to 4 (if your group consists of more than 4, please consult with the guide)
Meeting place: JR Kita-kamakura Station (not JR Kamakura Station) or, agreed place in Tokyo/Yokohama area
Dismissing place: JR Kamakura Station (or, agreed place in Tokyo/Yokohama area)
Serving hours by the guide: 7 hours per day
Price (~4 persons) 29,000 JPY (7-hour guiding. For an extra hour, 4,000 JPY per hour)
< Including >
7-hour Guiding fee (tax inclusive)
Guide’s cost to travel between the meeting place (JR Kamakura Station) and his home (1,000 JPY)
< Not including >
Transportation expenses during the guided tour (you and the guide)
Admission fee (you and the guide)
Lunch and tea break (you and the guide)
If you want the guide to pick you up at your hotel, guide’s public transportation costs to travel to the hotel and his extra hour (4,000 JPY in case of additional one hour) might be added depending on the hotel’s location. Details will be discussed for the guest’s consent.
Contract Type: Custom-ordered
Before you apply for this guided tour, please read the following information.
(1) We walk several km in a day including a 3-kilometer trail in Kamakura Alps. Shoes fit for walking / hiking are strongly recommended. Public buses will be used as needed.
(2) If it rains, hiking in Kamakura Alps will not be held for safety (the trail will become very slippery) and itineraries will change through discussion for your consent.
(3) If you want to check availability of the guide, please click this for his calendar.
Guide: Jin Shibata
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