Deep Kamakura - Indigo Dyeing and Zen Temple Tour ひみつの鎌倉:藍染体験&禅寺ツアー(英語)


Your Tour:

Come discover deep Kamakura! Join a 4-hour tour with local guide, Marian. She will pick you up at Kita-Kamakura Station (one stop before Kamakura station) and take you to places many first-timers never find. This tour includes an hour-long mindful indigo dyeing experience where you make your own tenugui (hand towel) and enjoy box lunch at an old folkhouse in a forested valley, Takara-no-Niwa. The tour ends with a visit to Engaku-ji Temple, one of the leading Zen temples in Eastern Japan and the second of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. This tour starts and ends at the West Exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station.

Tour Includes:

Dye your tenugui hand towel (one towel) with Indigo (1.25h) @Takara-no-niwa
Bento Box Lunch at old folkhouse by local caterer using local ingredients (0.75h) @Takara-no-niwa
Guided Tour of Engaku-ji Temple with Marian (1h)

About the Guide:

Marian Kinoshita:
Marian Kinoshita was born and raised in the U.S. She has lived in Japan for a total of 25 years, in Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka and Fujisawa. She established MDK Translations, Inc. in 2008, a small company that provides business, technical and cultural translations. Marian likes to think of herself as a “Japan concierge,” resolving language and cultural issues, introducing her favorite aspects of the country, and generally helping people enjoy their stay. When not translating or guiding visitors, she often goes hiking in Kamakura, adding a new stamp in her goshuin-cho and searching for beautiful tenugui!

About the Instructor - Indigo Dyeing:

Sachiyo Nakamura
A resident of Kamakura. Graphic and textile designer. She worked as a web designer at Fujitsu Design Center and Web Art Director at SoftBank. After going freelance in 2006, she attended a design and craft school in Sweden to deepen her knowledge of dyeing and designing. She organizes workshops while continuing her artistic activities.

About the Venue:

Takara-no-niwa, the "Garden of Treasures," is a workshop space and kiln in a traditional folk house just 10 minutes from JR Kita-Kamakura station. At the end of a narrow path leading up from Jochi-ji Temple, surrounded by forest, it is a place with the kind of deep history and rich, living culture you can only find in Kamakura. Come discover your own treasure.

About Lunch:

Our local lunch caterer Suetei believes that using seasonal ingredients is the key to making her dishes magical. From her kitchen in Kita-Kamakura, she brings out daily special bento lunchboxes, filled with locally acquired, fresh seasonal ingredients. Her bentos have captured the hearts (and stomachs) of many a Kamakuraian. Her knowledge of yakuzen cuisine adds a special flavor to her dishes. You may enjoy her bento in Tatami-room or outside in the garden.

The Fee Includes:

English Guide
Indigo Dyeing Experience
Tenugui Hand Towel
Transportation Fee During the Tour
Entrance Fee for Engaku-ji Temple
Bento Box Lunch


Age: 6+ (Minors must be accompanied by a guardian)

Please Bring:
Comfortable Shoes and Clothes to Walk
Rain Gear (if necessary)   
Hand Towel (For dyeing experience)

Important Notes:

For ages 6-12, we will refund 200 yen. Please let us know in advance.
Dyeing experience will take place outside. In case of heavy rain, this workshop will be canceled.

Meeting and Departing Point:

West exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station. Look out for Marian with Kamakura Mind logo.

Cancellation Policy:

No refund available 72 hours prior to the experience due to preparation.
Please note that cancellation fees will be charged according to the regulation by Peatix.
The tour will be canceled when in case we do not have 3 participants by 3 days before the tour.
If canceling an experience due to a natural disaster or other circumstances beyond our control becomes necessary, we will inform you at least 24 hours prior to start.

Sun Oct 6, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM JST
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神奈川県鎌倉市山ノ内501 Japan
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