Kamakura: Zen Journey

Imagine stumbling upon a hidden gem of tranquility and Zen teachings in the heart of Kamakura.

The ‘Kamakura: Zen Journey’ promises an immersive experience.

But what exactly sets this tour apart from the rest?

Key Takeaways

  • Explore ancient temples and experience Zen practices in Kamakura
  • Enjoy a traditional Japanese bento lunch during the tour
  • Immerse in Zazen meditation at Kenchoji Temple
  • Discover Kamakura’s cultural heritage through woodcraft and incense shops

Tour Details

The tour details of the Zen Journey in Kamakura include a price starting from $364.38 per group of up to 7 people, an 8-hour duration, and availability in English, French, and Japanese languages.

This cultural exploration offers visitors the chance to engage in Zen meditation and immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Kamakura. Participants will have the opportunity to visit prominent temples such as Kakuonji and Kenchoji, follow scenic hiking trails, savor a traditional Japanese bento lunch, and experience a Zazen session conducted in French.

The tour also includes visits to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Kamakura bori woodcraft and incense shops. With a mix of activities and historical insights, this Zen Journey promises a fulfilling experience for those seeking spiritual enrichment and cultural understanding.

Activity Description

Kamakura: Zen Journey - Activity Description

Exploring the Zen Journey in Kamakura involves visiting Kakuonji Temple, admiring Buddha statues, hiking to Kenchoji, experiencing the first Zen temple in Japan, enjoying a Zenkyoin lunch, participating in a Zazen session in French, touring Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and exploring local shops.

The day starts by meeting the guide at Kamakura Station, heading to Kakuonji Temple to explore and then embarking on a hike to Kenchoji. At Kenchoji, visitors get a taste of the first Zen temple in Japan. Lunch is at Zenkyoin, followed by a unique Zazen session in French.

The tour proceeds to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and concludes at Kamakura Station, offering a full day of Zen exploration, cultural immersion, and scenic beauty.

Booking Information

To secure your spot on the Zen Journey in Kamakura, simply reserve online and enjoy the flexibility of payment upon arrival. The tour offers a free cancellation policy up to 24 hours in advance, providing peace of mind for travelers. This allows for adjustments to plans if needed without any financial loss.

By reserving in advance and paying later, participants can ensure their spot on the tour while maintaining the freedom to manage their schedule. Checking availability for different starting times is recommended to align with personal preferences.

This flexible payment and cancellation policy make booking the Zen Journey in Kamakura a convenient and stress-free experience.

Important Information

Visitors should come prepared with comfortable shoes, water, and appropriate clothing for the Zen Journey in Kamakura. It’s essential to wear walking shoes, modest attire, and remove accessories for the Zazen session. Photography inside temples is not allowed, so it’s best to leave your camera behind. Here is a table to help you remember what to wear and the photography restrictions:

What to Wear Photography Restrictions
Walking shoes No photography inside temples
Modest clothing
No accessories

Remember to maintain silence during the Zazen session and be respectful of the temple’s rules.


Navigating to the meeting point at Kamakura Station’s east end is straightforward for participants joining the Zen Journey in Kamakura. Once there, they can easily kickstart their local exploration and traditional dining experiences. Here are four tips to make the most of their visit:

  1. Explore Local: After the tour, take a stroll around Kamakura Station to discover charming local shops offering unique souvenirs and crafts.

  2. Eat Traditional: Head to nearby eateries to savor traditional Japanese cuisine like sushi, ramen, or tempura for a taste of authentic flavors.

  3. Local Transportation: Consider renting a bike to explore Kamakura at your own pace and delve deeper into its hidden gems.

  4. Local Etiquette: Remember to greet locals with a polite ‘Konnichiwa’ and embrace the serene atmosphere of this historic city.


Upon completing the Zen Journey in Kamakura, visitors can look forward to exploring captivating highlights that include temple visits, a scenic hike, a traditional Japanese lunch, and a Zazen session in French.

Immerse in Buddhist culture through visits to Kakuonji and Kenchoji temples. Enjoy a spiritual hike from Kakuonji to Kenchoji, experiencing the first Zen temple in Japan. Indulge in a traditional Japanese bento lunch at Zenkyoin and participate in a Zazen session in French, delving deeper into spiritual practices.

Discover Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and explore Kamakura bori woodcraft and incense shops, enriching the cultural experience. These highlights offer a well-rounded journey through Kamakura’s rich heritage and Zen traditions.


Including a guided Zazen session, temple visits, lunch, a scenic walk, transportation, entrance fees, and more, the tour package offers a comprehensive experience of Kamakura’s Zen journey. Participants engage in Zen meditation, immersing themselves in the spiritual practices of the area.

Cultural immersion is facilitated through temple visits, providing insights into the history and traditions of Kamakura. The tour covers transportation, allowing visitors to navigate the city with ease. Entrance fees are included, ensuring access to key sites without any additional expenses.

This inclusive package is designed to offer a budget-friendly yet enriching experience, combining elements of Zen meditation and cultural exploration seamlessly.

  1. Zen meditation experience
  2. Cultural immersion through temple visits
  3. Comprehensive transportation coverage
  4. Inclusive entrance fees

Not Suitable for

For individuals who are pregnant, have back problems, or use a wheelchair, this tour isn’t suitable due to physical limitations. Pregnant women may find the hiking trail and extended periods of walking strenuous, while those with back problems could experience discomfort during the excursion.

The tour involves visiting temples, a Zazen session, and exploring Kamakura on foot, which may not be conducive to those with specific physical conditions. It’s important for participants to consider their own health and mobility levels before embarking on this journey to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

While the tour offers a rich cultural and spiritual immersion in Kamakura, it’s essential for individuals with pregnancy or back issues to choose a more suitable activity that aligns with their physical needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Children Participate in the Zazen Session During the Tour?

Children can participate in the Zazen session during the tour. It offers them a Zen experience and introduces them to the mindfulness practice. It’s a great opportunity to engage in a unique cultural activity together.

Are There Opportunities to Purchase Souvenirs or Local Crafts Along the Tour Route?

Yes, along the tour route, visitors can find opportunities to purchase local crafts and souvenirs. These items offer a chance to take home unique gifts and mementos from the trip, adding to the overall experience.

Is There a Restroom Available During the Hiking Portion of the Tour?

During the hiking duration of the tour, there is a restroom available for participants. It ensures convenience and comfort along the journey. This amenity caters to the needs of visitors, enhancing their overall experience during the excursion.

Are There Vegetarian or Vegan Options Available for the Traditional Japanese Bento Lunch?

Yes, there are plant-based options available for the traditional Japanese bento lunch. They cater to dietary restrictions, including vegetarian and vegan preferences. Visitors can enjoy a flavorful meal while adhering to their dietary needs.

Is There a Minimum Age Requirement to Join the Tour?

There is no minimum age requirement for tour participation. Visitors of all ages can join the journey. Enjoy exploring temples, hiking trails, a traditional lunch, and a Zazen session, making it a family-friendly experience.


Experience the tranquility and enlightenment of Kamakura with the ‘Kamakura: Zen Journey’ tour.

With a unique blend of cultural immersion and spiritual exploration, this 8-hour experience offers a soul-stirring adventure for seekers of peace.

From guided temple visits to a traditional Japanese bento lunch and Zazen session, every moment is curated for a deep connection to Kamakura’s Zen heritage.

Book now for a transformative journey at an affordable price.