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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #31 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Imagine walking in narrow streets lined with old wooden houses. The air is cool and the orange sun is disappearing behind a far shadowed tall temple. The streets are empty and the sky colors turn the surroundings in golden and brown tones. Branches from small trees move gently with the breeze. Walk down some stairs until you get to a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Having read reviews of this area, I had to visit the traditional shops and I was not disappointed. There are some store that sell cheaper souveniers that you can find elsewhere, but there are also stores selling crafts or sweets. While you are here, you should visit Kiyomizu-dera temple which is at the top of the hill.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Interesting shops along the streets selling all kinds of stuffs from exotic foods to souvenirs. It is also famous among the locals so it's not that touristy, some school boys whispered 'foran' which I think meant foreigners and they waved and said hi to us, so friendly! They wanted to speak English to us I guess. An advice would be,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place has many things to offer. Aside from a feeding you eyes of this historical and beautiful attraction of old houses and structures. It also fills you up with fantastic and wonderful deliciously made sweets and delicacies. I was marveled by this town has to offer, from small to huge items on which you can never found in Osaka... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Like other reviewers have noted it is easy to miss the right hand turn off into this street. Was here in the 1990's and even today the mob that chokes the main thoroughfare from Kiyomizu Temple is horrendous. This was not how it was. But turn into these stepped, pedestrian streets and it's a complete change. Low scale, timbered and... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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424 reviews 424 reviews
120 attraction reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is our favourite place in Kyoto. Lovely streets lined with shops and some restaurants. Everything is kept in the old-style as Japan once was. It's like stepping back in time. Many (japanese) tourists also show up dressed in traditional clothes. There's even a bunch of places that will dress you up, in case you want (for money of course).... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka is a short little street on the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. During the day it is choked with tourists. Souvenir shops line this pedestianised street. Tea houses, fan shops, lots of little trinkets and free samples are available. Some shops say No Photo unfortunately. There are a couple of information panels with photographs showing how this street use... More

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

What a wonderful rennovated street which brings back Kyoto as it was hundreds of years ago. The street is lined on both sides with trinket shops full of souvenirs and wonderful Japanese treats. It seems popular to rent a kimono for the day on this street and stroll this old style street as they did in ancient Kyoto. Its a... More

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Washington, DC
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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I wish I had spent more time in this adorable little neighborhood in Kyoto. Located next to Kiyomizu-dera, this pedestrian zone is a great place to window shop and leisurely stroll. Many shops and small cafes. I spent only 30 minutes here, but I think an hour would have been better.

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Milan, Italy
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37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Even if probably a little touristic, you cannot love this narrow street that climbs up to Kyomizudera temple. Reconstruction of traditional Japanese building stand one after the other hosting little workshops, street vendors, restaurants and souvenir shops, all in a nice and lively atmosphere...you will surely find something to buy before reaching the top!!

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