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Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews kiyomizu dera traditional shops souvenir shops ancient japan beautiful street shopping street huge crowd early in the morning narrow streets must visit place taking photos nice walk take your time gion district kimono tourists stroll
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The highlight of my American husband’s trip! A must visit to feel what historical Kyoto was like many years ago. The old wooden houses/stores that line the footpath brings character and charm to the streets. The souvenir shops have a wide collection of items from...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the highlights of Kyoto was stumbling across this street after visiting Chion-in Temple and Maruyama-koen Park. Loads of shops, food places.. beautiful streets with no cars

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Commerce area with many people around, feels crowded but that’s the path to take to go to the other shrines so there is not much to do about it

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DonCesar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It should be Ninenzaka Sannenzaka (2-3 rather than 3-2). When I lived in Kyoto 30 years ago, this place was deserted. No shops/restaurants were on it and no tourists went there. It was a very special place then and makes me sad to see how...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shibuyakko
Reviewed February 2, 2019

This is a must visit when in this area of Kyoto. Buildings with character, really charming;lots of shops and really crowded but worth it. Strongly recommend and you can combine it with a visit to Gion in the afternoon as it is walking distance.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tammyzh
Reviewed January 20, 2019

If you come to kiyomizu dera by taxi, you will be driven to sannenzaka and ninenzaka first and from there you will get to Kiyomizu dera on foot. I would reccomend visit the temple first and spend plenty of time strolling down these streets. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

One of the main streets of Kyoto, this was bustling with tourists in the first week of January. We were still able to buy some of the yummy snack foods and enjoy the girls and their sweethearts traditionally dressed and having photo shoots.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faysie2015
Reviewed January 12, 2019

This must be the heaviest tourist gathering point in Kyoto. With stores and restaurants leading up to the Kiyomizu-dera temple it's always crowded. The people dressed in kimonos are mostly NOT Japanese but tourists renting the kimonos for the day and taking photos. This is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

We stroll down the streets and enjoyed ourselves. We had great lunch, bought souvenirs (good taste and cheap buy) and had the best hand made yatsuhatshi (Japanese dessert) with no preservative. You can see the staff making the stuff in-store and packed upon purchased (a-la-minute-make...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leveregel
Reviewed December 24, 2018

Came down this way from Kiyomizu-dera having walked up to Kiyomizu-dera on the Otani cemetery side (vastly different in terms of crowds, scenery and energy). Although the street is appealing, it was really crowded and I wasn't able to fully enjoy the beauty and charm....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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September 3, 2018|
Response from KahFui | Reviewed this property |
You can start from Ninenzaka (also known as 2 years slope) before heading to Sannenzaka (the 3 years slope, that you've just mentioned)
June 1, 2018|
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Response from KahFui | Reviewed this property |
Weekdays are better choice. Both roads would lead to Kiyomizu-dera. Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are beautiful in the morning. I prefer to walk on the Ninenzaka steps though, the calm and quiet morning simply enticing and a... More
May 3, 2018|
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Response from e_janz | Reviewed this property |
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