Tokyo, a business and cultural megacenter that’s home to tens of millions of people, Tokyo is also the crossroads where the Japanese interact with citizens from all over the world. As fast-paced as Tokyo’s innovation is, the metropolis is just as devoted to preserving tradition through its historical gardens, shrines and temples. Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In Kamakura you will visit Kotokuin Great Buddha and Engakuji temple with the Zazen meditation.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Tokyo arrival, airport pick up and transfer to hotel, stay 3 nights in Tokyo (no meal)
Day 2 Kamakura 1 day visit Engakuji Temple and Zazen meditation with public transfer with guide assistant (Breakfast)
Day 3 Free day or optional tours to Taiko Drumming lesson or visit Digital Art Museum Team Lab (Breakfast)
Day 4 Hotel airport transfer, Tokyo departure (Breakfast)

Tour details
Day 1 Tokyo arrival, airport pick up and transfer to hotel, stay 3 nights at Tokyo JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku (no meal)

Fly to Tokyo, meet on arrival and transfer to hotel by public transfer with guide assistant, hotel check in and stay 3 nights at Tokyo JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku. The rest of the day is free leisure.

Day 2 Kamakura 1 day visit Engakuji Temple and Zazen meditation with public transfer with guide assistant (Breakfast)

Hotel Breakfast. Full day Kamakura tour, visit Kotokuin Great Buddha, Engakuji Temple with 1 hour Zazen meditiation with public transfer with guide assistant.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple and some recent creations.

Engakuji Temple was founded in the 5th year of the Koan Era(1282). Its patron was Hojo Tokimune of the Kamakura Shogunate, who played an important role in the battles against Monglia. The founder of the temple was the high-ranking priest, Mugaku Sogen (Bukko Kokushi), who arrived in Japan from China.

One hour practice of Zazen meditation (za meaning sitting, and Zen meaning meditation in Japanese), is the core of Zen Buddhism: without it, there is no Zen. Zen meditation, is a way of vigilance and self-discovery which is practiced while sitting on a meditation cushion. It is the experience of living from moment to moment, in the here and now. It is through the practice of Zazen that Gautama got enlightened and became the Buddha. Zazen is an attitude of spiritual awakening, which when practiced, can become the source from which all the actions of daily life flow – eating, sleeping, breathing, walking, working, talking, thinking, and so on.

After visit and Zazen meditation, transfer back to hotel.

Day 3 Free day own arrangement (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast and free day in Tokyo.
Or optional tours you can join Taiko Drumming lesson or visit Digital Art Museum Team Lab.

Enjoy the authentic art of Japanese Taiko Drumming, no experience or Japanese required. Playing Taiko is good for both your body and the mind. In the lesson, you will learn the basics of Taiko drumming, its origin and culture from one of the veteran instructors before being treated to an up close and personal performance that will make your blood pump!
Taiko Drumming lesson 60-90 mim, included
-Lesson by Professional Japanese Drum Player
-Drum and Drum sticks
-Rental Happi (Japanese traditional coat for festivals)
-Private Performance, 1 song

Team Lab Borderless is a world of artworks without boundaries, a museum without a map created by art collective teamLab. Wander, explore, discover in one borderless world and immerse your body in borderless art in this vast, complex, three-dimensional 10,000 square meter world. Wander, explore with intention, discover, and create a new world with others.

Day 4 Hotel airport transfer (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast and check out.
Meet at hotel and transfer to airport by airport limousine bus. (END)

Cost
CNY 5880 per person twin or triple sharing
CNY 8560 per person single room
based on a minimum of 4-6 pax

What’s Included
-3 nights hotel accommodation at Tokyo JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku
-Daily hotel buffet breakfast
-Arrival transfer with English speaking assistant by airport limousine bus
-Deperture transfer by airport limousine bus (No assistant)
-1 Day Kamakura Tour with English speaking guide by public transportation
-Engakuji Temple with one hour Zazen meditation

What’s Not Included
• In & out air tickets
• Travel Insurances
• Visa if required
• Meals & program that are not listed in itinerary
• Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeing’s which are not indicated in the itinerary
• Tips to guides, porterage’s & drivers if service is satisfied

Hotel accommodation

Tokyo JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku is a space of serenity amidst a bustling city,  ideally positioned in Tokyo’s commercial and cultural sub-center, Shinjuku. Forget time passing by in an oasis of serenity, only steps away from bustling downtown and office areas. Enjoy extra comfort with high-function equipment and facilities, in rich variation of rooms filled with Kyushu’s warmth, A 3-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station with easy access that can satisfy all guests’ demand. Hotel is the perfect blend of at-home warmth, a sense of release and a refined sophistication.

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