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Ishibe Alley

Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0000 , Japan
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Ranked #34 of 382 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Frankston, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

This alley plus surrounding areas has been beautifully preserved to show its original character. A must see when in Kyoto

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Lincoln
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We found this by accident and were definatley glad we did. Great little street with what felt like secret places to have green tea and a bite to eat off. Very good and would recommend.

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Orlando, Florida
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573 reviews 573 reviews
257 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This has to be one of the most incredible cutest little streets I have ever walked down. The street is so narrow and resembles pretty much what you had in m ind when it comes down to traditional street in Kyoto. The path goes up and down and all the way around a quaint neighborhood and gives you the feeling... More

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Long Island NY
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91 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was near where we were staying. I wish we had gone before our last night. I think I would have enjoyed wandering through here a few more times.

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Ridgefield, CT
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275 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Narrow, well kept and very interesting. It was a neat area to walk and think of how it must have been in the past. It wasn't unusual to find girls dressed in kimono's and posing for pictures, even though most were tourists from other countries. Definitely gives yo a feeling for old Kyoto.

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very quiet and short lane but full of historical phenomenon of old Kyoto. If you wear kimono, then it would be a very nice place for taking photos!

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Houston, Texas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
52 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were lucky our hotel is almost right next to it. So we wander around in early morning. It is also good to combine with Yasaka Pagoda (not the Yasaka Shrine) and Kodaiji Temple together.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This alley is one of the many you will pass if you are on the Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera Temple. It epitomises a typical early Kyoto alley. These alleys are very narrow and few tourists venture down them. If you are lucky you may bump into Geisha's or Meiko's. Im not sure how genuine some of them are but they... More

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UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Interesting to see what old Kyoto was like. You get a real sense of history from the walk. Worth having guide to explain more about features.

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Melbourne
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56 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

After leaving Yasaka Shrine I went looking for this street which took quite a bit to find and lots of help from the friendly locals. Definitely worth the effort. Ishibe Street is one of my favourite places in Kyoto and if you are interested in seeing traditional Japanese residential architecture and associated elements (timber, stone, lanterns, miniature gardens, water etc)... More

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