SOLD OUT Kamakura hiking on May 15 (Sunday)

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Please join fellow Harvard Club of Japan members on Sunday morning May 15th for hiking on ancient trails in Kamakura.  This tour will be guided by Alexander O Smith, M.A. GSAS EALC '98, who has been a resident of Kamakura for years. He will show you places not known to wide public and share with you his local knowledge about them.  

Children are welcome.

The tour will start at 10 am at Kitakamakura Station. The group will move to Kencho-ji 建長寺and climb to the top of the hill known as Hanzo-bo 半僧坊to continue hiking to the Kamakura-gu 鎌倉宮area where we will have simple lunch at Argo 313  at around 12:30 pm.  Afterwards, those who want to leave for Tokyo can go while those who want to stay can join Alex for taking a walk in the downtown area or browsing shops at Komachi-dori 小町通.

From the trails, you may be able to enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji, the Sagami Bay as well as the Yokohama Landmark Tower, and the Tokyo Skytree, if weather permits. The group will stop to see the remains of yagura and ancient quarries. 

DATE and TIME:  May 15th (Sunday) at 10:00 AM

PLACE: Meeting at the east gate 東口of Kitakamakura Station

FEE: Lunch and Kencho-ji entrance fee 300 yen

Lunch is pay as you go.   

RESERVATION:  Please write to Yukari Fujita at with the following information. 

(1) Your name and names of your guests, if applicable

(2) Mobile phone number in case of emergency contact 

Please wear a very comfortable pair of shoes as some parts of the hilltop trails can be very slippery.  Please note that prams or strollers are hard to use throughout the trails. 

While the hike is not technically demanding, there are a lot of stairs to climb. 

You may bring bottled water with you as you are likely to get sweaty and thirsty. 

Biography of our guide: 

Alexander O. Smith (M.A. GSAS EALC '98) is a co-founder of Kajiya Productions and Bento Books. He has been writing scripts and translating video games, novels, and more from Japanese to English for eighteen years. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the hills of Kamakura, Japan.