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.
In summer, a walking tour requires care to avoid UV rays, sunstroke, heatstroke and so on. So please take care of yourself when you sightsee Kamakura in summer. All Kamakura Welcome Guides come prepared. Please make sure you enjoy our tour by coming prepared too.

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

Cancellation of today's Friday-Scheduled Guided Tour
We are sorry to inform you that we were forced to cancel today's Friday-Scheduled Guided Tour. If you come to Kamakura today, please get tour information at the Tourist Information Center located to the left from the East Exit.
We hope that you will join the next tour, or you could make an online application for our Reservation-Based Guided Tour.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

August Non-reservation Friday Free Guided Tour
Our Non-Reservation Free Guided Tours  run on Fridays from April 5th to October 25th. The details of the August schedule are now provided in READ MORE below. Many tourists from around the world have participated in our tours and we are expecting a lot more tourists to come to Kamakura this year. 
We also offer Reservation Based Free Guided Tours for the tourists who make their tour plans a few months in advance.

August 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, Mandarin and Thai might be available but there is no guarantee. You might be lucky enough to do a guided tour in one of those languages.
Tours may be cancelled or stopped due to unforeseen circumstances without prior notice.

August 2
AM Tour
 English and French
PM Tour
 English and French

August 9
 AM Tour  English and French
 PM Tour English and French

August 16 
AM Tour  English, French, Chinese and Spanish
PM Tour English, French, Chinese and Spanish

August 23
AM Tour English, French and Portuguese
PM TourEnglish, French and Portuguese

August 30
AM Tour English, French and Spanish 
PM TourEnglish, French and Spanish

We joined a medical workshop on July 2, 2019.

Ahead of the full-blown summer, KWGA members received an informative lecture on heatstroke and first-aid treatment from an ER doctor at Shonan Kamakura General Hospital.
Important tips: drink regularly, take in salt and rest in the shade.
Please see 
KWGA Facebook

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.
・・・・・    READ MORE

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)


Kamakura INFO
Kamakura INFO is the official website for Kamakura sightseeing. It is run by Kamakura City Tourist Association. Information is available in Japanese and English.
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Kamakura Sightseeing
This website provides a lot of information about Kamakura sightseeing for international tourists. It is run by the Department of Commerce Tourism, Kamakura City Office. Information is available in Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Mandarin (簡体字/繁体字) and Korean.
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