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Ishibe Alley

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Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0000 , Kyoto Prefecture
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In some ways i act like I am in Paris France there are so many places to walk and get lost

Side streets and alleys through Kyoto and the Gion district offer so many opportunities to explore, get lost and discover something new. It offers you a chance to meet and see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Side streets and alleys through Kyoto and the Gion district offer so many opportunities to explore, get lost and discover something new. It offers you a chance to meet and see people. So take a deep breath, smile and enjoy the culture! You won't be sorry!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a wonderful old street to walk . In a way it felt like I was either back in time or on a movie set . Beautiful wooden fences...so peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Amazingly well preserved. It's short but well worth the effort, especially it connected to other old streets and you can spend up to half a day here marveling at the old architect, taste the street food, purchase some local handicrafts and imagine how it must have felt like in the old days. Love it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

beautiful section of the old town between kiyomizu dera and yasaka shrine. we came across this part of town whilst walking from our hotel to kiyomizu-dera. walking is best for exploring kyoto and this is a gem!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Southern Higashiyama has a number of lovely traditional streets but this was by far my favourite. Not only are the buildings and path itself very beautiful but it is much quieter than those lined with shops. It was lovely to walk down. One thing is that there's a lot of "no camera" signs there although they seemed to be largely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to visit to experience old Kyoto. Be considerate, people live here and request no photos on their doorstep. Lovely walk

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

The neighbourhood were this streets ends is a very nice neighbourhood to visit, absolutely recommended area. Then the best way to start your visit would be entering through this street that ends up in the middle of another street from where you can visit the temples and other interesting places. For example Ryozen Shrine, several buddahs you can touch for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Very easy to miss and fantastic to find, this is one of the most magical streets in Kyoto. It felt like walking back in time. At sunset, I captured the most beautiful photos and I went back after dark to see the street lit by soft lamplight. Be respectful of the fact that some of the houses are residential and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Not only is this a place of great historical value but as we exited Ishibe Alley we saw a Geisha get out of a taxi and walk off down a path with what looked like some sort of Chaperone! If you go Geisha hunting this might be your best bet

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Ishibe Koji(Alley) is a small traditional beautiful alley which you have better see between Kiyomizu-dera and Yasaka Shrine. When you come from Kiyomizu-dera, walk through Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka slopes, see Yasaka Pagoda, and then before Kodaiji temple, turn left into Ishibe Koji. There are nice teahouses and restaurants serving Japanese cuisines.

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