Kamakura Sightseeing and Yabusame Festival

2016 April 16 (Sunday)

Kamakura, Kanagawa

A nice and relaxing day walk in and around Kamakura!

This trip features;

  • Kenchoji: A Rinzai Zen temple which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan.
  • Zeniarai Benten: A popular shrine in which people visit to wash their money (Zeniarai means "Coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double.
  • Genjiyama Park: A small mountain park located west side of Kamakura Station. There is Minamoto no Yoritomo (源頼朝) Stature who is the first Shogun who started the Government. The park is located on the Daibutsu hiking course from Kitakamakura to Daibutsu. There are many seasonable flowers like Sakura, Ajisai and other flowers.
  • The Great Buddha of Kamakura: A bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.
  • Yabusame Festival: A men dressed in traditional samurai costume display their ability to hit targets using a bow and arrow while riding on the backs of galloping horses. Three riders take turns shooting at three stationary targets which are mounted about 63 meters apart in a straight line, two meters from the track along which the horses gallop.

Another great day exploring old temples shrines and learning more about Japanese culture!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet at Kita-kamakura station (one exit only) at 8:45am
  • Short walk to Kenchoji (15mins)
  • Sightseeing at Kenchoji until 9:45am
  • Short walk to Zeniarai Benten (30mins)
  • Coin washing at Zeniarai Benten until 10:45am
  • Picnic lunch at Genjiyama Park
  • Short walk to Kotokuin (30mins)
  • Sightseeing at Kotokuin (30mins)
  • Short walk to Hasedera (5mins)
  • Sightseeing at Hasedera until 1:15pm
  • Short train ride to Kamakura station (10mins)
  • Short walk to Hachimangu shrine (15mins)
  • Watch the Yabusame Festival until 4pm
  • Walk back to Kamakura station (15mins)
  • Have some coffee/drinks at Kamakura station with people you've met on the trip (Optional)

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Entrance fee to Kenchoji
  • Entrance fee to Zeniarai Benten
  • Picnic lunch
  • Entrance fee to Kotokuin
  • Entrance fee to Hasedera
  • Train fare from Hase to Kamakura
  • Accident insurance
  • Fun and cute walk guides ;)
  • Chance to meet a lot of fun outdoor people

Not included;

  • Drinks
  • Transportation from/to Tokyo
Price: 5,000Yen
Space left: 20 out of 22

Important Notes

Price includes;

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Kenchoji is the no. 1 of Kamakura's five great Zen temples.
  • "Zeniarai" means coin washing. This is the place where people flock in order to wash their money for some luck. It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring will double.
  • Kotokuin is the home of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.
  • Hasedera is a gorgeous temple famous for its large wooden Kannon statue, and based on comments from participants of previous trips, "A MUST SEE" of all in Kamakura.
  • "Yabusame" means a mounted horseman. As part of the festival, men dressed in traditional samurai costume display their ability to hit targets using a bow and arrow while riding on the backs of galloping horses. Three riders take turns shooting at three stationary targets which are mounted about 63 meters apart in a straight line, two meters from the track along which the horses gallop.
  • The event is ON rain or shine! We will spend more time in the onsen in case of bad weather.
  • Maximum of 40 participants!
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring:

  • Clothes appropriate to the weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Raincoat or umbrella (in case of bad weather)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Small backpack
  • Camera
  • Cellphone
  • Cash

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