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.KWGA had suspended all the guided tours from April 2020 in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, but reopened the reservation-based guided tour from January 10, 2023. The Friday-scheduled guided tour will continue to be unavailable.
Your guides are all volunteers. They cheerily give their time and share their knowledge and experience with you. But we have training, administration, and website costs. Without those costs, there is no guide service. So please contribute what you can to help us help others. Every donation matters.
Give your donation to our guide service by choosing from among the following methods.
-Give your donation directly to the guide who will give you a receipt.
-Bank transfer: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get relevant information.
-Online donation: Click “Donation” below for access to the online donation site.
- New Year Holidays
We will be closed between December 24 and January 7.
- Our Free Guided Walking Tour is now available.
Dear supporters and visitorsAfter a long period of suspended our guide activities, we reopened our guided tours (except for the non-reservation-Friday-scheduled-tour) from January 10, 2023. In our guided tours wearing a face mask to prevent from COVID-19 will no longer be required. It is now up to individual judgement. Please check with your assigned guides at the time of application for wearing a mask.Thank you.
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
In Kamakura this is the major shinto shrine and is a very popular tourist destination. 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
Reservation-Based Tour and Non-Reservation-Based Friday-Scheduled Tour
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
・Click Making An Application button and follow the directions on the screen.
・Friday-scheduled tours require no application. Detailed tour information
・Please apply between 3 months and 2 weeks prior to your desired tour date. If your tour party is more than 15 people, please apply earlier than 3 weeks before the tour date.
・Please note that our guides are available throughout the year, except from Dec.25th to Jan.7th. For your information Kamakura tends to get crowded on weekends and holidays. Please plan your tour schedule with this in mind.
・Application procedures and Terms of guide service
・For route selection, we offer Model Tour Course and Free Tour Course. Detailed tour route information
・Since we are a nonprofit organization, any applications either directly or indirectly from tourist agencies will not be accepted.
Making An Application
If you find no answers for your specific questions, you can contact us: email@example.com
- 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
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.
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)
Office Hours: 8:30 to 17:15 (Closed at Year End and New Year)