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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
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Ranked #29 of 1,131 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We've been visiting Kyoto over many years and have seen most of the sights once at least. The one place we always head for is the area between Kiyomizu and the Ryozen Kannon and Kodaiji Temple. We plan to spend the whole day visiting the temples and the restored traditional streets in between and inevitably run out of time.
This is the Kyoto everyone imagines, away from the cars, urban sprawl, high rise buildings and chain-store shops. You can buy all your souvenirs, hand-made, from the small individual shops here, stop of for lunch and tea (very reasonable prices) in the cafes along the route and wander off the main stone-paved pedestrian way to look at old Kyoto houses and tiny gardens.
Despite the crowds, especially at the Kiyomizu end, this place always feels relaxed. If possible leave time for Kodaiji - not as well known as Kiyomizu and with far less tour parties as a result. You can leave this till tea-time as this lovely temple has a modern garden which is illuminated at dusk. It also has late night opening in March and December.
I wandered off Sannenzaka into lovely garden onto which backed a teashop - which I'd not noticed before. I didn't need to buy anything - but was just welcome to look and photograph. A nice surprise.
This is the Kyoto you really came to see! Don't miss it.

13  Thank Jeffrey F
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

One of the better old style streets. Actually found some geisha in the backstreets surrounding it. Most the stores are the usual tourist souvenirs with a couple decent cafes around. It's a good choice if you are on the way to or from Kiyomizu temple

Thank Jason-ASDF
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Traditional shops line the streets and are well worth seeing on a trip to Kiyomizu-dera. Ceramics are a traditional specialty.

Thank Virgil M
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

If you are a little dismayed at the modern, urban sprawl of Kyoto, and are hankering after the romantic atmosphere of Memoirs of a Geisha - this is your place!

Thank Almostrussian
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

These are the alleyways that will lead you to Kiyomizudera temple, if you like charming old streets that sell bric a brac , this place is definitely for you. Souvenirs galore plus many food shops that sells local pastries and delicacies. The prices are reasonable, cheaper than in the Kyoto department stores. Will definitely visit it again when back in Kyoto. Yummy memories for the eyes and taste buds :)

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