Cultural & Gastronomic Hiking Tour in Kamakura

Organized by Kiichiro Jimura
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Duration
4 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
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Lace up your hiking boots for a delightful Kamakura hiking tour where you’ll explore traditional temples, shrines, and a traditional lunch with local ingredients. Vegan options are available.

Highlights

Enjoy hiking to Kamakura’s well-known temples and shrines and learn about the history and culture behind them from a certified tour guide
Take a picturesque hike on a local favorite hiking course, and explore the pristine landscapes of Kamakura
Participate in unique activities such as a purification ritual at Kuzuharaoka Shrine and a coin-washing experience at Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine
Gain insights into the local culture and cuisine from an experienced local guide
Enjoy a Japanese lunch consisting of at least five items, featuring local and seasonal ingredients, with vegan and vegetarian options also available
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

The small seaside city of Kamakura, eastern Japan's political powerhouse in the 12th century, is a popular destination known for its beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Less than an hour south of Tokyo, Kamakura is the perfect place to explore history and culture during a day trip. So, grab your hiking boots and explore Kamakura's best sights! After meeting your host and certified tour guide, you'll kick off with a visit to Engakuji Temple, one of eastern Japan's most important Zen temples, where you'll learn the temple's history and the origin of the name Fukudori, your lunch spot. After a scenic hike, you'll visit the scenic Kuzuharaoka Shrine, popular among couples and those looking for luck in love or marriage, and take part in an optional purification ritual. Next, move to Zeniarai Benzaiten Shrine, which is famous for granting wealth and prosperity. "Zeniarai" means "coin washing," so grab some money for a unique coin-washing experience in the shrine's spring and pray for good luck! Afterward, you'll take a break to enjoy tea at nearby Benten Chaya. Your journey will continue to the colorful Sasuke Inari Shrine, built in the 12th century by Kamakura's first shogun to honor Inari, the fox god. Here, you'll see hundreds of fox statues and vibrant torii gates! The tour culminates at Fukudori restaurant, where you'll enjoy a Japanese lunch made from local and seasonal ingredients, including Kamakura daikon (radish). The lunch will consist of at least five items, including dessert. Fukudori also serves vegan and vegetarian options. You will have the opportunity to meet the owner and hear the story behind the restaurant's origins and their quest to revitalize local agriculture. Experience flow: - Meet at Kita-Kamakura Station East Exit - Visit Engakuji Temple - Start hiking - Visit Kuzuharaoka Shrine - Visit Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine and rest at Benten Chaya on the shrine grounds - Visit Sasuke Inari Shrine - Lunch at Fukudori - Tour ends

Inclusions

Entrance fees to all shrines and temples
Snacks during hiking
Tea break at Benten Chaya
Lunch at Fukudori restaurant
A professional English-speaking guide and certified tour guide

Exclusions

Transportation to and from Kita-Kamakura Station
Additional food and drinks
Other additional purchases during tour

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meet your host at the JR Kita-Kamakura Station. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.

Remarks

Participants are asked to bring water and wear comfortable shoes for hiking
Please arrive 10 minutes before the experience start time
Guests under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult
Please notify your host upon booking if you would like a vegan or vegetarian meal

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Nestled below the bustling city of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is as diverse in its environment as its food is delicious; Kanagawa offers Chinese street food and craft beer in Yokohama and fresh seafood from Kamakura and Enoshima, as well as natural beauty and mountainous produce in the hot spring town of Hakone near the base of Mount Fuji.
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Earliest available date: August 3, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals