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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #34 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was the highlight of our two-week trip, and is probably my favourite place in Japan. The laneway leads right up the hill to the Kiyomizu temple site, though i think officially that part of the street is called Kioymizu-zaka. Regardless, its hard to miss as the street is lined with a range of charming shops selling souvenirs, tea-wares, traditonal... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is my favorite place in Japan. Here one can pretend one is really walking along a Japanese street in the old days. Everything is very pretty and so clean. Shops are interesting, with beautiful gardens behind some. Sannen zaka leads up to Kiyomizu-dera, an impressive temple. If you are lucky, a pair of geisha may walk by.

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Shanghai, China
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58 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

It's basically a street up the hill that connects with Kiyomizu temple, so you can either choose to go before or after your visiting to the temple up the hill. On the way up there's a lot of shops that sell snacks, sweets, tea and souveniers so it can be enjoying walking up/down the hill. Get prepared if you're not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

While the start of this hilly path officially starts about halfway down Matsubara-dori, the shops that line it really start from where it meets Kiyomizu Temple further up the hill. The start isn't hard to find but it can be missed - look out for a sign on the right if one is heading downhill. The path, slightly narrow in... More

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

You won't miss this place especially you visit the Kiyomizu-dera temple It will get crowded with tourist and local people. But still one of the must visit place in Kyoto

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The 3 of us (my aunt, my wife and myself) could only spend 2 hours strolling around this hill side. The beautiful wooden houses filled with all kinds of food and souvenirs for sales was a great attraction, as was the kimono rental half way up the hill. (Reservations required) when you reach the top o the stairs look out... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

On the same route going north like Sannen-zaka. After visiting Kiyomizudera we headed this way. It was still early so most of the shops were still closed. But do to this it was very quiet and nice. One could stop and enjoy the architecture without all the crowds.

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I loved this place. I could be there for hours. There are many shops there. Some let you taste some sample of their goods. You should also be there in the evening. When its raining some of the stairs could be slippery so be careful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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164 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Strolling through memories of old wooden houses, traditional shops, restaurants full of Japanese goodies is Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. The stone walkway and steps carried enjoyement and "memories of a Geishas" that you may have the chance to come across or not.... or to watch ladies dressed in the Japanese style with white painted face, redish smile and small wooden shoe steps... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This streets/stairs branch off to the left of the Kiyomizudera Street. The same vibe is felt, but it's longer and has more shops and eateries. It's olden, traditional Kyoto and quite enjoyable to explore. Green tea, parfaits, paste-filled cakes are readily available for purchase.

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