Kamakura Welcome Guide Association

Kamakura Welcome Guide Association (KWGA) is a group of volunteer tour guides for international tourists and is officially recognized by Kamakura City Tourist Association. All the tour guides are deeply attached to Kamakura, and welcome all international tourists by showing warm-hearted hospitality.

We guide international tourists and foreigners residing in Japan around Kamakura in a number of foreign languages. We will do our best to meet tourists’ requests for getting exposed to and/or experiencing Japanese traditional culture. Please feel free to contact us.

Your Donation Is Welcome
Dear Guests
We are a group of volunteer guides who are happy to take the time to share our knowledge and experience with you.
With the aim to continue and improve the quality of our services, we incur training, administration and website costs. We would appreciate a contribution of any amount so that we may continue to improve and provide our volunteer guide services. You can give your donation directly to the guide who will give you a receipt on the day of the tour.
Thank you

KWGA Photo Gallery
Kamakura Welcome Guide Association was established in 2008 and the tour guide members have been guiding international tourists and foreigners residing in Japan around Kamakura and Enoshima areas since then.

What's NEW

Feedback from our guests
Here are some favorable comments from the guests.
Highlights of the comments
"We had a great tour with our guide in Kamakura. I highly recommend the Kamakura Welcome Guides!"
Please visit KWGA Facebook for more details. 

We will be closed during New Year holidays
Thank you for visiting our website.
We are on holidays between December 22 and January 5.
We look forward to showing you some wonderful parts of Kamakura either before or after those holidays.

We hope that all the guests enjoyed our Friday Regular Guided Tour
Our  Non-Reservation Free Guided Tour  run from April to October. The October 25 free guided tour is the last one this year.
Many tourists from around the world participated this year and we thank them all. We hope that a lot more tourists will come to Kamakura next year and enjoy our non-reservation Friday free guided tours. 
The schedule in 2020 Friday Free Guided Tour will be provided as soon as they are ready. In the meantime you can enjoy our Reservation Based Free Guided Tour and/or wonderful photos in our Facebook .

Schedule and Languages Spoken
 AM 10:30 Tour covers Tsurugaoka Hachimangu only; PM 1:00 Tour covers the Great Buddha only. Each tour takes approximately 50 min. Here is  Detailed Tour Information.
Besides the languages in the table below, tour guides speaking German, Italian and Thai might be available but there is no guarantee, so please check it at our Facebook  each Friday morning.
You might be lucky enough to do a guided tour in one of those languages.

The schedule and languages of 2020 Non-reservation Free Guided Tour will be shown soon.

Feedback from our guests
Here are some favorable comments from the guests.
Highlights of the comments
"We were lucky to get a guide for a visit to Kamakura in September this year. We had great day walking around the region. Thank you for the great time."
Please visit KWGA Facebook for more details. 

Tourist Attractions in Kamakura

KAMAKURA, the Ancient City of Samurai
The great samurai leader, Minamoto Yoritomo established the samurai government for the first time in Japan's history and placed his headquarters in Kamakura. ・・・ READ MORE

Recommended Tourist Sites

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
The largest native shrine and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kamakura. This shrine was founded in 1180 by then shogun Minamoto Yoritomo, who transferred the shrine from Yui-Wakamiya to the present site.・・・ READ MORE

Kotokuin (Great Buddha)
This is a seated statue of Amida Nyorai (designated as a national treasure), one of the biggest Buddha statues in Japan. It is said that the bronze casting started in 1252 and took more than ten years to complete.・・・ READ MORE

If you want to get more information about Kamakura, click Kamakura City Tourist Association.

Kamakura Photo Gallery

Guided Tour

Kamakura Welcome Guide Association offers two types of free guided tour:
Reservation-Based Tour and Non-Reservation-Based Friday-Scheduled Tour

Reservation-Based Guided Tour
Reservation-Based Guided Tour is ・・・

You need to send us an application with specific requests on the tour. For tour route selection, we offer a Model Tour Course and a Free Tour Course.
・Detailed tour route information
・Application procedures and Terms of service
・Making an application

Friday-Scheduled Guided Tour

Friday-Scheduled Guided Tour is ・・・
You just come to the specified meeting point on Fridays. No application is necessary.
・Detailed information
What's NEW provides dates and languages available on Fridays.

Application for Free Guided Tour

How to Apply

・Click Making An Application button and follow the directions on the screen.
・Friday-scheduled tours require no application. Detailed tour information
・Please send your application between 3 months and 2 weeks prior to your desired tour date.
・Application procedures and Terms of guide service
・For route selection, we offer Model Tour Course and Free Tour Course. Detailed tour route information

Making An Application

F A Q s

  We answer questions in our FAQ pages.FAQ pages
  If you find no answers for your specific questions, you can contact us: info@kamakurawelcome.guide
Q. How much is the guide fee ?
A. No guide fee is required. However, you must pay for your transportation expenses and admission to shrines and temples. You must also pay for the same expenses for your tour guide(s).
Q. What is the procedure following my application ?
A. First, we will inform you that we have received your application.
Second, we will recruit a tour guide appropriate for your requests. Third, an assigned tour guide will contact you at the email address you specified in your application. If no tour guide contacts you by seven days before your tour date, then your application cannot be met.
Q. What are the working hours ?
A. Our working hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The whole tour should take no more than 5 hours excluding lunch break.
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Location of Kamakura Welcome Guide Association

Onarimachi 1-12, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0012
Kamakura City Tourist Association/Kamakura Welcome Guide Association

The nearest station is JR Kamakura Station West Exit

The office is located on the 4th fl. of the Enoden Building.

TEL 0467-23-3050 (in Japan)

TEL 81-467-23-3050 (from overseas)

e-Mail info@kamakurawelcome.guide

Office Hours: 8:30 to 17:15 (Closed at Year End and New Year)


VISIT KAMAKURA is the official visitor guide for Kamakura sightseeing. It is run by Kamakura City Tourist Association. Information is available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Korean.
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