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SAMURAI Phototours

Kamakura, Japan
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About SAMURAI Phototours
Cultural/historic tour of Kamakura, birthplace of the samurai, in English, with the emphasis on taking professional quality travel photographs of the temples, shrines, and gardens. We visit must-sees Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, Hasedera, and the Great Buddha, as well as exquisite venues off the beaten track. Informative, fun, and always entertaining, join me on a journey of discovery to a bygone era. I would also be more than happy to take photographs of you and/or your group for you to keep as memories of our day out in Kamakura and your visit to Japan. This is a 3-hour tour. Please specify a starting time from Kamakura Station, JR East exit, for the day that you select. You may start at 10am, 11am, or 12 noon.
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Hi, I’m Peter. I was born in England, but I’ve lived most of life in Japan. I would be delighted to show you around Kamakura, where I presently live, and share with you my knowledge and love of its fascinating history. Kamakura served as Japan’s de facto capital from 1185 – 1333. It's where the first shogun, Minamoto no Yoritomo, was born. The Kamakura Period is also the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the samurai culture. I'll explain the history as we visit different temples and shrines, some of them dating back hundreds of years. In the course of our tour, I'll also talk about aspects of Japanese life, and can arrange a delicious lunch at a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. As a bonus, I’ll take souvenir photos of you – or help you take quality pictures of your own. The tour lasts 3 hours and you may select your starting time on the booking form. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, I strongly recommend you include Kamakura. There’s a lot to discover in this beautiful city!
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Masaru S wrote a review Jul 2018
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My friend visit from oversees. So, we took private Kamakura tour in English with my friend. Was very good an surprised. This tourist guy know about Kamakura history very well… also, explained simple and easily understand and you can enjoy even you are not into history.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Anacott A wrote a review Apr 2018
Chiba, Japan17 contributions7 helpful votes
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私は本当に鎌倉の寺院と神社のフォトツアーを楽しみました。私は日本人でありながら、あまり鎌倉の歴史について知らなかったので、ピーターの鎌倉の知識にとても驚ろかされました。長年日本に住み、日本をこよなく愛している彼だからこそできるツアーだと実感しました。日本人が見落としがちな日本の良さをイギリス人の目線で理解し、詳しく説明してくれたので、目からウロコでした。また、幸いに天気も素晴らしく良かったので、観光には最高の一日でした。春の花々もとても綺麗でした。どうもありがとうございます!またぜひ鎌倉に遊びに行きたいです。 I really enjoyed your Kamakura tour of the temples and shrines. As a Japanese, I was amazed at your local knowledge of the Kamakura period, much of which many of us Japanese people don’t even know about. More than that, it was a peaceful, relaxing, easygoing day out. Thank you so much!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from fotokyo, Owner at SAMURAI Phototours
Responded Apr 30, 2018
Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure showing you around the temples and shrines of Kamakura. Luckily we had perfect spring weather... Please come back again sometime soon and stay longer. Domo arigato gozaimashita; yoroshiku onegai itashimasu!
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Carla H wrote a review Jun 2017
Madrid, Spain2 contributions
I went in the month of June with my friends and I was very surprise with the culture knowledge Peter has on the Kamakura and also the places we visited were amazing! I highly recommended to anyone who has the intention to visit Kamakura for the first time and also even if you have visit it already Peter knows the off the track temples too. We were very satisfied with the tour and it felt as if we were part of this beautiful place.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Response from fotokyo, Manager at SAMURAI Phototours
Responded Aug 10, 2017
Thank you so much for your review, Carla. It was a pleasure showing your group around the temples and shrines. June has its own special look in this part of Japan, with its lush greens and its distinctive blue and white plants, the irises and hydrangeas. I understand that some of you got good photographs. You would be more than welcome to post them here. Many thanks once again for selecting Samurai Phototours.
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JamesBian wrote a review May 2017
Shanghai3 contributions2 helpful votes
As first time traveller to Japan, but also as a Japanese culture enthusiast, I felt extremely lucky that we chose SAMURAI Phototours to spend a lovely Saturday with during March 2017. Peter is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Kamakura, I had a bit of study of the place before travelling here but It was Peter who really gave me a much deeper and richer understanding about the place and its history. Of course you can visit the museum or the city tour guide center or just surfing Internet to get that bit of knowledge, but by going with Peter to all those temples and shrines, it basically chained all those knowledge up and I feel I was given a time travel experience. My wife is very interested in photography although realistically speaking she is just a beginner, but Peter was very helpful and very patient to guide her all the way through. Depend on the time of the day, some temples will have fair amount of visitors but Peter knows what is the best time to visit and get the good pictures taken, I have noticed in a few temples, the number of visitors were actually much more than the time we enter them. We are also very fond of the breaks during the temple and shrine visit, the soba lunch in a 100 yrs old restaurant for sure made this trip more memorable. I will say if you are a foreigner traveling in Japan especially in Kamakura, Peter or SAMURAI Phototours should be your No.1 choice if you want to have a real Japanese experience while cultural barriers still kick in from time to time. As Peter understand both sides and will make every effort to help remove those barriers.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from fotokyo, Owner at SAMURAI Phototours
Responded Jun 25, 2017
Thank you so much for your great review of our tour together around Kamakura's temples, shrines, and gardens. I am glad you got to see it in the plum-viewing season. It was indeed a pleasure showing you both around. Hopefully, one day I will visit China and discover your great country's history and culture, related as it is in so many ways to those of Japan. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
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hotalex1953 wrote a review May 2017
Manila24 contributions13 helpful votes
Like most tourists, I didn’t know Kamakura had anything much more to offer in terms of tourist sites other than the Great Buddha, the big Shinto shrine in the heart of town, and a couple of shopping streets around the train station. Great was my surprise to find out from Peter, who runs Samurai Phototours, that there are actually countless temples and shrines that one could spend two or three days exploring. Peter has been a resident of Japan since he first came here in the 1970s from the UK, where he was born, and is a mine of information about the country – history, culture, traditions, social customs, etc.,as well as practical matters such as restaurants and railway lines. Who was the first shogun and what happened to him? Peter can tell you all about the history of Kamakura, including the bloody details. Want a bowl of soba, a vegetarian meal, or an authentic Indian curry? Peter can show you where to get it. He can also tell you the quickest way to get from Tokyo to Kamakura, along with a whole lot of other useful information. On his phototours, not only does he take you to the temple and shrines on your itinerary, some of which are not known or frequented by tourists, but he gives you a highly informative commentary on the history of the temple or shrine, together with an overview of the period (12th to 14th century) when Kamakura was the de facto capital of Japan under the country’s first shogunate. On top of that, he guides you with a photographer’s eye, offering tips on what to shoot, how to shoot it, etc. He even showed me some things I didn't know my camera could do! This is one of the best tours I’ve ever had in my many years of traveling. Thank you, Peter! I’ll certainly do it again the next time I'm in Kamakura.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from fotokyo, Owner at SAMURAI Phototours
Responded May 6, 2017
Thank you so much for a stellar review; it was an absolute pleasure showing you around my neck of the woods and explaining the history and culture of the Kamakura era. Im so glad you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again sometime soon.
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