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“Perfect place to buy authentic Japanese handmade crafts and sweets. Cheaper and better!”

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
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Full-Day Kyoto Private Custom Walking Tour
Ranked #50 of 1,357 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

This place has many things to offer. Aside from a feeding you eyes of this historical and beautiful attraction of old houses and structures. It also fills you up with fantastic and wonderful deliciously made sweets and delicacies. I was marveled by this town has to offer, from small to huge items on which you can never found in Osaka and in Tokyo. Better buy here your giveaway items like keychains , green tea leaves and matcha.

4  Thank CarlaTortal
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Like other reviewers have noted it is easy to miss the right hand turn off into this street. Was here in the 1990's and even today the mob that chokes the main thoroughfare from Kiyomizu Temple is horrendous. This was not how it was. But turn into these stepped, pedestrian streets and it's a complete change. Low scale, timbered and cobbled stoned, it does have a wonderfully authentic feel. There are many shops, tea houses and lads touting rickshaw rides, but overall, it is a worthy detour coming from Kiyomizu.
There is no one special place to single out, it somewhere you find find your own special discovery. Be careful, the stone steps are slippery in wet weather.

1  Thank brysc01
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is our favourite place in Kyoto. Lovely streets lined with shops and some restaurants. Everything is kept in the old-style as Japan once was. It's like stepping back in time. Many (japanese) tourists also show up dressed in traditional clothes. There's even a bunch of places that will dress you up, in case you want (for money of course).

It's just lovely to stroll around these streets, having a look at some arts and crafts and sample some candies and desserts.

Of course it is a touristy place, but it really kept its charm and never feels too much. Your best bet is to get here quite early (not too early....shops open around 10 or 11am) or to show up in the late afternoon (around 4 or 5pm).

When you are here, you're probably on the way to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple...another must-see with great views over the city....and the same here: come early or late.

So, these streets are an absolute must-do....a look at the traditional old-time Japan. If you're hungry, the Kamanza Shimizu Ninenzaka restaurant has good Soba noodles and eel. And in the Entokuin temple you can do a private 20min tea ceremony for only 500 yen.

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4  Thank Bandit-One
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka is a short little street on the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. During the day it is choked with tourists. Souvenir shops line this pedestianised street. Tea houses, fan shops, lots of little trinkets and free samples are available. Some shops say No Photo unfortunately. There are a couple of information panels with photographs showing how this street use to look, it has hardy changed at all. It is beautifully lit at night with lanterns and is a lot less crowded. Kiyomizu-dera closes at sunset so it is nice to walk back through here afterwards.

Thank Jolyon67
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

What a wonderful rennovated street which brings back Kyoto as it was hundreds of years ago. The street is lined on both sides with trinket shops full of souvenirs and wonderful Japanese treats. It seems popular to rent a kimono for the day on this street and stroll this old style street as they did in ancient Kyoto. Its a colorful and fun way to spend the afternoon along this charming street.

Thank Monie T
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