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Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews kiyomizu dera traditional shops souvenir shops ancient japan beautiful street huge crowd shopping street early in the morning narrow streets must visit place taking photos nice walk take your time gion district kimono tourists stroll
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

This is a must visit when in this area of Kyoto. Buildings with character, really charming;lots of shops and really crowded but worth it. Strongly recommend and you can combine it with a visit to Gion in the afternoon as it is walking distance.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

If you come to kiyomizu dera by taxi, you will be driven to sannenzaka and ninenzaka first and from there you will get to Kiyomizu dera on foot. I would reccomend visit the temple first and spend plenty of time strolling down these streets. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

One of the main streets of Kyoto, this was bustling with tourists in the first week of January. We were still able to buy some of the yummy snack foods and enjoy the girls and their sweethearts traditionally dressed and having photo shoots.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faysie2015
Reviewed January 12, 2019

This must be the heaviest tourist gathering point in Kyoto. With stores and restaurants leading up to the Kiyomizu-dera temple it's always crowded. The people dressed in kimonos are mostly NOT Japanese but tourists renting the kimonos for the day and taking photos. This is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

We stroll down the streets and enjoyed ourselves. We had great lunch, bought souvenirs (good taste and cheap buy) and had the best hand made yatsuhatshi (Japanese dessert) with no preservative. You can see the staff making the stuff in-store and packed upon purchased (a-la-minute-make...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leveregel
Reviewed December 24, 2018

Came down this way from Kiyomizu-dera having walked up to Kiyomizu-dera on the Otani cemetery side (vastly different in terms of crowds, scenery and energy). Although the street is appealing, it was really crowded and I wasn't able to fully enjoy the beauty and charm....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

Part of a super walk on the east side of Kyoto, steep hill street with many shops and boutiques.. Much better the walk than trying to navigate the transit system if just want general sight seeing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

This place is beautiful. Long rows of shophouses. Village kind. Many ladies wearing the traditional yukata and kimono. They have a lot of souvenir shop and food stops. Expect a little hike. They are popular for their matcha so most of the shop sells matcha...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank FaridFlowers
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This is the route to the Kiyomizudera Temple so is heaving with tourists. It still retains charm with wooden buildings and narrow streets. Lots of ice cream stalls and souvenir shops.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Walking on this relatively small street feels like a time-machine took your back centuries ago. If you can somehow, just for a second, disregard all the tourists walking around and concentrate on the street made of stones, the small historic buildings - it feels like...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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September 3, 2018|
Response from KahFui | Reviewed this property |
You can start from Ninenzaka (also known as 2 years slope) before heading to Sannenzaka (the 3 years slope, that you've just mentioned)
June 1, 2018|
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Response from KahFui | Reviewed this property |
Weekdays are better choice. Both roads would lead to Kiyomizu-dera. Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are beautiful in the morning. I prefer to walk on the Ninenzaka steps though, the calm and quiet morning simply enticing and a... More
May 3, 2018|
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Response from e_janz | Reviewed this property |
Around 1-2 hours...