Ishibe Alley

Ishibe Alley, Kyoto: Address, Phone Number, Ishibe Alley Reviews: 4.5/5

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Jonathan Sexton
Sneads Ferry, NC284 contributions
Average little street
Sep 2021 • Couples
Honestly I just wasn’t that impressed given the types of reviews this alley had. Big magazines and travel bloggers rave about it but it was just ehh to me.
Written September 10, 2021
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Dandy S
Alcobendas, Spain4 contributions
Travel to the ancient capital of Japan
Aug 2020
The city and the many historical places that this city has are impressive and the city impeccable .... It is recommended to visit the ancient capital of Japan, you cannot miss it .....
Written July 7, 2021
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Michael T
Singapore, Singapore2,067 contributions
Charming historic precinct. Very well preserved.
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were wandering around the Kodaiji temple area without realising that we were close to the Ishibe Alley.

It was fairly crowded on the Saturday but the good weather and colourful autumn leaves kept us in good spirit.

The old houses appeared to be very well looked after. The whole neighbourhood gave us a glimpse of what the olden days look like.

This is a good place to just follow your instinct and go with the flow as you move from one narrow alley to another.
Written December 22, 2019
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emma
World334 contributions
Narrow street
Aug 2019 • Couples
Narrow street of gion. Full of old wooden houses, definitely beautiful and gives the feeling of time travel through the past.
Written August 28, 2019
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Cavalierjim
Aiea, HI121 contributions
Famous Street in Gion
Jun 2019 • Family
I wanted to walk down this iconic street because I saw a lot of Tripadvisor ratings on this item. I found the lane after our trip to the Todaiji Temple and stopped at the head of the lane to read the posted notes on the walls.

I was suprised to read that we were prohibited from taking any photos along the lane. I am not one to break any hard rules, so I turned off my camera. I assumed that there were businesses operating in the lane and that they just wanted to maintain privacy, so i complied.

The lane is neat since it encompasses all that Kyoto was years ago. The buildings are both unique and historical, but are found in many areas of the Gion area. The lane zig-zags for about three blocks and I was totally lost when I exited the lane. Oh well, just follow the crowds until I get my bearings.
Written June 21, 2019
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Janet K
Houston, TX1,171 contributions
Try to walk this short lane
Apr 2019 • Couples
This lane is easy to miss but try to walk it, especially early in the quiet morning! It’s just a cool feeling of old Japan!
Written June 16, 2019
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Chase V
Oklahoma City, OK530 contributions
Fantastic feel for old word Japan
Mar 2019 • Couples
Just walking through the narrow street puts you in a place where technology seems lost. The wooden building corridor and small entrances to ryokan and shops takes out the distractions of the rest of the city. Take a short 3-5 minute stroll through here and admire just getting lost in a little culture. Please be respectful there is signs saying no pictures so take a picture at the entrance but soak in the environment and make a memory if in this area.
Written March 19, 2019
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VacationTiger
122 contributions
enter ... ancient Kyoto
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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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK1,547 contributions
Old Kyoto
Nov 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed our 5 minute stroll along this street. It was very atmospheric in the evening as there were few other people around. There are signs asking you not to take photos.
Written November 11, 2018
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FabsChung
Singapore11 contributions
Hidden and Preserved
Oct 2018
I understand it is easy to miss this hidden alley but with google, it's a lot easier to spot this hidden lane. Walking through the cobbled pathway, I was able to see the styles and architectural structure of ancient Japanese homes. It looks like the old style of architecture has been preserved well and the old wood grain can be appreciated. Worth going there for a visit and soak in the atmosphere.
Written November 6, 2018
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