Japanese Garden Walks: Kita Kamakura Zen Gardens

Visit three stunning Zen temples during the plum blossom season.

Once the capital of Japan, Kamakura retains its status today as a hub of spirituality evident in the stunning Zen temples found around the coastal city.

On this tour, visit three such temples, including Engakuji, founded one year after Japan’s famous victory over Mongol invaders in 1281, Tokeiji, a refuge for pre-modern wives to escape abusive husbands, and Meigetsuin, which is home to thousands of blooming hydrangea.

This tour includes an optional lunch.

Kazuko Morio is a member of the Garden Society of Japan and a Japan Gardening Society-certified garden designer. She is also a licensed national guide-interpreter. She lectures and provides walking tours to Japanese gardens. Her clients include garden enthusiasts, international students and tour guides. The Club Member discussed her passion for Japanese culture in the October 2021 issue of INTOUCH.


  • Mar 7
  • 8:30am–2pm
  • Meeting point: Shinagawa or Kita Kamakura station
  • ¥5,800 (includes garden admission and tea; excludes transportation and lunch)
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 28
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members. The fee is waived for Connections members.
  • Contact the Connections Office about class availability after registration has closed.