Deep Kamakura - Wagashi Making & Matcha and Zen Temple Tour ひみつの鎌倉：自作の和菓子でお抹茶＆禅寺ツアー（英語）
Come discover deep Kamakura! Join a 3-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 experience at an 85-year-old tea house, Houan. First, you will make wagashi sweets with a local wagashi artist and then, you will learn tips on how to properly take a bowl of tea from a tea master. Enjoy matcha tea with your own handmade wagashi! Lunch will be 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.
Wagashi Making Experience and Matcha Tea (1h) @Houan
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 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 - Wagashi Making:
Kiyo Kubo 空羽〜kuu〜
A former pupil of Yuko Misonoi, CEO of Temari Wagashi studio. After being an assistant and an instructor at Temari, she started her own wagashi brand, 空羽〜kuu〜 in Kamakura. A certified cook and medicinal cooking advisor, she has been catering for a traditional Japanese delicatessen as well as teaching wagashi making.
Soka Shimada (tea ceremony)
Certified Omotesenke tea ceremony instructor. Teaches an introduction to the tea ceremony class at Houan in Kita-Kamakura and is known for her clear and easy-to-follow instructions for beginners. Associated with the Omotesenke Association of Kanagawa and the Kanagawa Suigetsukai.
About the Venue:
Houan is an authentic tea house in the forested valley behind Jochiji Temple bulit in 1934, by an owner who adored Jochiji Valley and a young, energetic architect. Built on the large spread of land on the foot of the mountain, Houan features a “sukiya” tea house with eight-mat and four-mat tea rooms surrounded by a roji-style dry garden, a separate small “koma” tea house with thatched roof and a two-mat room, and a sweet-water well. Just an hour out of Tokyo in Kita-Kamakura. Come feel a connection to the nature of our forested valley. A reminder of old Kamakura.
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:
Wagashi Making Experience
Transportation Fee During the Tour
Entrance Fee for Engaku-ji Temple
Bento Box Lunch
Age: 6+ (Minors must be accompanied by a guardian)
Comfortable Shoes and Clothes to Walk
Rain Gear (if necessary)
Socks (to enter tea house)
For ages 6-12, we will refund 200 yen. Please let us know in advance.
Meeting and Departing Point:
West exit of JR Kita-Kamakura Station. Look out for Marian with Kamakura Mind logo.
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.