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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourists pass these streets on the way to Kiyomizu-Dera. In direct translation from Japanese ninenzaka means "two-year hill", sannenzaka, respectively, "three-year hill". There is a belief that if you fall on the street Sannen-Zak, you will die within three years! So it is necessary to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank VadimM67
Reviewed 1 week ago

To get the feeling of Kyoto old strret way from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu Temple( under construction at the moment)one will be able to enjoy small temples by the street together with old houses.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kayoko t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The stone streets and preserved architecture are all very charming. Shops with cute tchotchkes, pottery, souvenirs and plenty of snack shops plying samples to the crowds of people walking by. Ice Cream, folded crepe shops have no place to sit; so you stand inside the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank TravelTea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the way up to the temple it was super crowded and can be overwhelming with lots of shops and people. However on the way down we took some different streets in the area and they were much calmer so you can appreciate the architecture...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank natb96
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

Strolling around this area will take you back to the olden days of Japan. The Yasaka Pagoda added charm to the place. It served as a gorgeous backdrop to our photos.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank aldrinibikini
Reviewed April 11, 2019 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
1  Thank Famluv2travel
Reviewed April 4, 2019

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
Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed March 26, 2019 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 March 23, 2019

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
1  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
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April 30, 2019|
Response from Shibuyakko | Reviewed this property |
10am or later.
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