Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
4.5
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  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting place
    Rather than tall skyscrapers, walking around here will bring you back in time. Lots of shops to stop, snack or have a drink. If you only have one place to go visit in Kyoto, I will pick this.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Everywhere is on the list…
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands852 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to walk around
    This area transports you back to a traditional Japan. A complete tourist trap, but clean and safe. Loads of souvenir shops, restaurants, and things to see. A fabulous way to spend several hours meandering around back alleys and didn’t hidden gems
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early in the morning!
    In the afternoon, I feel as though I am in Human Bubble Ball without the human bubble. In the early morning, it is an amazing walk. It is fantastic to admire the architecture; it is so distinct. I felt transported back in history, as though I was in an isekai about Early Modern Japan. It is also incredible to walk it when there are few others around. There were whole stretches where I was the only person! It felt like the neighbourhood was made just for me in those moments. I wandered around the streets for at least one hour; it was truly unlike anything I had seen before. Really special.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 10, 2023
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful - perfect for Walking and getting Lost
    Perfect place to get transfers back in time! It gets very crowded but still enjoyable. A lot of souvenir and snack shops! Just wander around and enjoy the experience & food! I felt like I stopped every 5 min and tried a new snack.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 25, 2023
  • John and Deb K
    Karratha, Australia777 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifull but Crowded
    A representation of Historic Japan, cobbled street and old buildings these narrow alleyways lined with local stores, souvenir shops and eateries. Be prepared for vast crowds. We found that alleys that did not allow photos were usually empty as these are more full of private homes but there were a nice respite.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take me back to old Kyoto!
    This is the best place I know of to get a sense of old Kyoto. The neighborhood has lots of traditional wooden houses and shops situated along crooked narrow alleys. We were surprised though at how early most of the establishments close.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,630 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Crowded during my Visit
    It was a short walk from the City Bus Stop to the entrance of this attraction. It very crowded during my visit with bus loads of Japanese students on their school trips. Along the way to the temples are stores selling souvenirs and local snacks, coffee shops, small restaurants, etc. The walk was slow, the streets being very narrow and curvy, and with so many people. Took some pictures here and hurriedly went to the City Bus Stop to go back to mynhotel.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 27, 2024
  • lynn h
    Saint Louis, Missouri64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early
    If you want photos without hoards of people in them visit this spot early in the morning. We stopped at Starbucks for coffee at 8:30 in the morning. Then strolled the area snapping nearly people-free photos. (Word to the wise, if you want a place to sit at Starbucks, go early. It was packed) The area is a nice little walk back in time.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2024
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Cheryl B
Honolulu, HI408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Change comes everywhere but it seems to have affected this area immensely. The influx of "trendy" places has given the streets a new look and feel. We were there on a "less" crowded day and happy to go slowly and look and find some treasures. thereʻs tsukemono and even a shop that makes by hand the figures for each year. We picked up a dragon and a tiger. Take some time to go down side streets and paths not taken.
Written May 9, 2023
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
These stoned-paved streets are lined with lovely wooden stores selling everything from delicious Kyoto specialties to fine souvenir goods. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants if we wanted a break with a bite to eat or something to drink.
Most of the largely wooden buildings are original and have been lovingly preserved.
There was a scenic route we took from the Kiyomizu-dera shrine which had us walking on Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka which are below Kiyomizudera. This was only a 10-minute walk and we loved the preservation of the older part of Kyoto
Written February 20, 2020
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Sanneizaka is a captivating destination that rewards early risers with mesmerizing photo opportunities of serene, empty streets. Return later to experience the vibrant transformation as life fills the alleys with bustling activity, showcasing the perfect blend of tranquility and liveliness. A must-visit spot for capturing the essence of Kyoto's charm.
Written July 21, 2023
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We planned to spend 3 hours there but we ended up spending 5 hours. There were so much to see and so many interesting things to learn. We love how the stores have samples of food items for you to taste before buying. We ended up with lots of shopping goodies. There were loads of interesting soft serve ice cream stalls but try the one which offers the blue salt vanilla with rice bubbles. That was amazing. We also recommend the pork buns and Yatsuhashi. You can spend a good half day there. Best part of Kyoto in our opinion.
Written January 13, 2020
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lynn h
Saint Louis, MO64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
If you want photos without hoards of people in them visit this spot early in the morning. We stopped at Starbucks for coffee at 8:30 in the morning. Then strolled the area snapping nearly people-free photos. (Word to the wise, if you want a place to sit at Starbucks, go early. It was packed) The area is a nice little walk back in time.
Written July 8, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It was a short walk from the City Bus Stop to the entrance of this attraction. It very crowded during my visit with bus loads of Japanese students on their school trips. Along the way to the temples are stores selling souvenirs and local snacks, coffee shops, small restaurants, etc. The walk was slow, the streets being very narrow and curvy, and with so many people.

Took some pictures here and hurriedly went to the City Bus Stop to go back to mynhotel.
Written April 27, 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A representation of Historic Japan, cobbled street and old buildings these narrow alleyways lined with local stores, souvenir shops and eateries. Be prepared for vast crowds. We found that alleys that did not allow photos were usually empty as these are more full of private homes but there were a nice respite.
Written April 4, 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is the best place I know of to get a sense of old Kyoto. The neighborhood has lots of traditional wooden houses and shops situated along crooked narrow alleys. We were surprised though at how early most of the establishments close.
Written April 15, 2024
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Randall K
Canberra, Australia1,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to leisurely wander around this area and explore. Well set out with so many streets and alleys. In some place there are many steps, so be prepared to walk a lot. Heaps of interesting shops, places to eat or just admire the scenery and architecture of this quaint area. Certainly worthwhile exploring.
Written February 29, 2020
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Kyotoskioto
Kyoto, Japan14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The beautiful stores lined along this path and traditional Kyoto feeling. This place is picturesque and a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto. It's a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs. If you need to escape the crowd, pop into Kyoto Bistro at The Park Hyatt Kyoto which is on this lane and enjoy a drink while you watch people walk by on this busy little street.
Written March 7, 2021
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