Ishibe Alley
Ishibe Alley
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VacationTiger
129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
if you want to see a place that looks and feels like the Kyoto of your dreams, this is it. Ishibeikoji is described in travel books, blogs and websites as a favourite, prettiest, most beautiful … and other most-ests

with 2 prongs at its Ichinen Zaka end and one from Nene-mo michi Street, the lane is shaped like an inverted, curved “h” or “y”. maybe it’s intentional, there are no non-kanji street signs indicating its location. you have to look up, literally for the street lamps which bear its name 石塀小路

when you step in, you have travelled back in time
Written December 16, 2018
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bcw
Melbourne, Australia788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
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) this charming cobblestone street is it. There are lots of fabulous private homes with several houses now converted into restaurants (possibly very high end).
Yes, I did see a young Maiko as I was nearing the end of the walk.

This place warrants another amble and perhaps to have dinner in one of the restaurants?
Written January 8, 2014
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Carrie C
Lincoln56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written October 5, 2014
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
A nice alley in Gion but not something i would travel miles to see, ok if you happen to stumble on it for a quick photo but as a tourist attraction not worth going out of you way
Written November 10, 2015
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mabei0123
Tsukuba, Japan16,693 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
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.
Written July 24, 2016
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TravelusMaximus
Calgary, Canada691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
As you're wandering the shopping streets of Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka, be sure to detour for a few moments into Ishibei-koji (Alley) which is the single most attractive street in Kyoto. You'll feel like you're in 1868, when Kyoto was the Imperial Capital, as you stroll on the cobblestones, surrounding by exquisite, traditional, wooden homes. Beautiful.
Written March 5, 2015
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
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 of being in one of those Japanese movies. A must do while in Kyoto!
Written September 25, 2014
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larkenRidgefield_CT
Ridgefield, CT4,818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
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.
Written July 31, 2014
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Bernard R
UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
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.
Written February 6, 2014
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weslito2
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Ishibe Koji is a romantic stroll with white lanterns hanging from businesses and the cobblestone streets. Its a narrow street so no cars really pass. Its great at night because its really desolate. Don't be afraid to poke your head into some of the businesses to find out what is going on in there. That's how we found Mamecha, our favorite dining experience of the whole Japan trip.
Written September 24, 2013
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