Kyoto Walking Tour: Kitano Tenmangu, Senbon Shakado & Kamishichiken

Kyoto is known for its temples & shrines, and this rare morning tour introduces many recently popular sites: Kitano Tenmangu, Senbon Shakado, & the Kamishichiken geisha district—plus see weeping cherry tree blossoms grazing the ground along your way.

If you are interested in Kyoto attractions or Kyoto walking tours, the Kitano area in northwest Kyoto is the perfect place to soak up Japanese culture and learn about Shinto, Buddhism, and Geisha culture first hand due to the number of culturally significant structures in the area. Although Kyoto is better known around the world for temples such as Kinkakuji or Ryoanji, which draw thousands of tourists, the lesser known Kitano area, situated northwest of the central Kyoto, remains a quiet town rich with culture and history, including the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, built over 1000 years ago.

On this two-hour morning walking tour, you will visit and explore three noteworthy locations where you can experience Shinto, Buddhism, and Geisha culture first hand. Our fun and engaging tour will provide you with a deeper understanding of Shinto and Buddhism, how these two great religions have coexisted in Japan, and how they affect the lives of modern Japanese people.


Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important of several hundred shrines across Japan dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period (794 – 1185), unfairly exiled by political rivals. After Sugawara died in exile, several disasters were attributed to his vengeful spirit, so shrines were built to appease him.

Kamishichiken Geisha District

Despite being Kyoto's oldest geisha district, Kamishichiken has become the least famous of the five (the other four geisha districts are Gion Kobu, Gion Higashi, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho) largely due to its location (specifically, its distance from downtown Kyoto and Yasaka Shrine) and relatively small size. "Kamishichiken" means "Seven Upper Houses," in reference to the seven teahouses built from materials leftover from Muromachi Period (1333 – 1573) renovations to the Kitano Shrine. Two of the largest buildings in the Kamishichiken include the Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theater, where dance performances are held, and Saihonji Temple.

Senbon Shakado Temple

The Main Hall (Honden) at Sembon Shakado is one of the oldest buildings in Kyoto and has remained intact since 1227 despite wars and fires through the ages that have destroyed nearby buildings over the years. The main attraction of the Sembon Shakado is a hall housing large wooden and bronze Buddhist statues created during the Heian and Kamakura (1185 – 1333) periods.

The statues you'll see here include a statue of the infant Buddha and six tall statues of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy), thought to be created by Tankei—a Japanese sculptor of the Kei school, which flourished during the Kamakura Period, and a student of and the eldest son of the master sculptor Unkei.


2 Working Days
2 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

What You Get

Kyoto Walking Tour: Kitano Tenmangu, Senbon Shakado & Kamishichiken

Adult: 15 years old and above

Child: 6 to 14 years old


  • English speaking guide
  • Food and drink
  • Transport
  • Personal expenses
Additional information:
  • At least one adult must accompany child participants
  • This is not a private tour. You will be joining other participants in the group
  • Please note that depending on the cherry blossoms blooming period, you may not be able to see the cherry blossoms at full bloom

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: Kitano Tenmangu

Meeting time: 10 am

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
15 years old and above
6 to 14 years old

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