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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Kyoto

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Take in the charming “Old Japan” atmosphere of Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, a quaint neighborhood centered around two streets that gradually descend from Kiyomizu temple. Explore the pedestrian-only, stone paved streets, lined with traditional wooden shophouses and tea rooms. Browse the array of stores selling handicrafts, souvenirs, and trinkets, or sample a wide range of delicious local snacks and street food. Take a break in a cafe or restaurant, enjoy a refreshing drink, and people-watch. Put Sannenzaka Ninenzaka into our Kyoto trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kyoto.
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  • The beautiful stores lined along this path and traditional Kyoto feeling. This place is picturesque and a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto. It's a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs. If you...  more »
  • Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are both pedestrian lanes that lead up from Nene-no-Michi Lane past the Yasaka Pagoda to the famous hilltop Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The charming streets are lined with...  more »
  • So beautiful. If you find perfect time when this place not too crowded, you can feel the old Kyoto just by walking here.
  • In Gion area, a little to the north part of Kiyomizu Temple, there are Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, the paths in very traditional Japanese style. Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka literally mean "Two year slopes" and "Three year slopes." (It is said that Two year and Three year were referred to the Imperial years when they were constructed. (The years are actually 807 and 808 in the Christian era.) On these two lovely streets, you can see Japanese old houses, traditional shops, and Japanese sweets cafes and restaurants.

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