Kitano Tenman-gu → Kamishichiken → Senbon Shakado

From Kitano Tenmangū shrine to Kyoto’s oldest hanamachi, Kamishichiken.

A 3-hour tour which brings you through the Northwestern region of Kyoto City. You’ll learn about the city’s first hanamachi (red light district), Kamishichiken, and explore the shrines, temples and traditional industries in the area.
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine → Kamishichiken → Senbon Shakado Temple


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Your Kyoto Visitors Host will show you the Nishijin area, an area slightly off the beaten track in Kyoto city. We will explore the narrow roads and the traditional industries that were established over 1,000 years ago.

Kitano Tenmangū was built to appease the angry spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, a respected academic. Your guide will delight you with detailed knowledge about Sugawara’s involvement with the Kamishichiken area. We will walk through the streets of Kamishichiken, which is Kyoto’s oldest hanamachi. Kamishichiken continues to be one of Japan’s few remaining Geisha districts.

Hanamachi in Kyoto include:

  • Kamishichiken
  • Gion
  • Miyagawa-chō
  • Ponto-chō

If we’re lucky, we’ll see a maiko (apprentice geiko) or geiko (geiko is the Kansai dialect for geisha) in the area!
It’s not guaranteed we’ll see maiko or geiko.

Afterwards, we’ll walk to Senbon Shakado, a Buddhist temple which is considered an important cultural property of Japan. Your guide will explain some of the significant structures there and we’re certain it will be a memorable experience. We won’t reveal the secrets of Senbon Shakado until the day of the tour. We hope you’re looking forward to it!

Sample Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary. Timings can be discussed and modified to best suit your schedule.
09:00 Meet in front of Kyoto City Hall.
9:45 Visit Kitano Tenman-gu and learn about the scholar Sugawarano Michizane
11:00 Walk through Kamishichiken hanamachi
11:30 Tour Senbon Shakado, Buddhist temple
12:00 End of tour (Tour ends in Northwest Kyoto)

Included in the cost:

  • City Bus one-day ticket
  • Entrance fees for each facility
  • Guide fee

Minimum number of people: 2
Tour fee: 10,000 yen per person (about $92USD); Children: elementary and junior high school student · 5,000 yen; infants · free
Language: English

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