Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka, Kyoto

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    Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka - Higashiyama

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are two historic streets located at the far eastern edge of Kyoto in the Higashiyama area. The area is filed with traditional wooden houses, now mostly shops and ryokan (Japanese-style inns). The streets are mostly closed to traffic, partly beacuse each features a set of steep stairs.

    These streets are surround by some of Kyoto's most famous sites including Gion, Kiyomizudera Temple, Kodaiji Temple and Yasaka Shrine.

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    Kiyomizu-zaka, Higashiyama

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 19, 2013

    Kiyomizu-zaka is the street leading uphill to the gate of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Hagashiyama, eastern Kyoto. This street is lined with touristy shops selling food, ceramics, clothes and local crafts. The best part of the area are the free samples of mochi and tea that many shops offer.

    In the morning the street will be quiet, but by noon, Kiyomizu-zaka is filled with tourists and worshipers heading to the shrine.

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    Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka

    by Rabbityama Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka are famous streets in Kyoto, because they have been preserved to keep the stone walkway and many of the buildings that allign them also remain traditional buildings. Nene-no-Michi street (which goes past Kodaiji Temple) has also been preserved, so that you can walk from Maruyama Park to Kiyomizu Temple to get a feel for the old Kyoto.

    Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka are steep, so some people may not want to (or be able to) walk up them, but if you can, it is a great way to experience traditional Kyoto as you head to the historic Kiyomizu Temple or just walk along and browse through the shops!

    Cherry Blossom on Sannen-zaka
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    Sannenzaka & Ninnenzaka

    by bladedragon Updated Feb 26, 2009

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    Sannenzaka means sannen slope (zaka/saka means slope in Japanese).
    This slopes are leading to Kiyomizudera and also Kodai-ji temples.
    Along the way there are lotsa traditional shop houses, restaurants and also Yasaka Pagoda.
    This neighborhood is also specified as the Historic Preservation District due to the many traditional town houses, shrines and temples that makes the traditional scene of Kyoto.

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    Sannen-zaka

    by Ines28 Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Sannen-zaka, leading from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu Temple, is a designated national historical preservation area. There are many pretty (and expensive) souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, all in old wooden houses. You can also find here pleasant teahouses with gardens.
    I liked this area very much, it was very crowded but still beautiful, and we saw many women wearing elegant kimonos.
    Access by city bus, get of at Kiyomizu-michi
    (no. 206 from Kyoto Station).

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    Street near Kiyomizudera

    by Teledude Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Just walking around this city is a must see. Especially the Higashiyama area. You can start anywhere and just accidentally run into amazing little temples and shrines. This is a famous street near Kiyomizudera

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    Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka

    by naruto Written Jan 22, 2004

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    The streets leading up to Kiyomizu Temple are filled with very interesting and attractive shops seling anything from candies and confectionery, to souvenirs and intricate tableware. Besides the main street Kiyomizu-zaka that lead directly to the temple, take the time to stroll down Sannen-zaka and Ninnen-zaka which are perpendicular to it. These pedestrian streets consists of several stone pavements, lined on both sides with many old shops in turn-of-the-century buildings selling various traditional handicrafts and sweets.

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    Kiyomizu-Zaka street

    by dabuwan Written Feb 7, 2003

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    Kiyomizu-Zaka is a colourful street in eastern Kyoto. It is the main and only street uphill bringing to the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. There are many small shops with souvenirs etc., mainly for japanese tourists. It is a nice "old fashioned" street, that reminds me some other south east asian countries more than modern Japan.

    Kiyomizu-Zaka street

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    Walk from Kiyomizu-dera, take...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Walk from Kiyomizu-dera, take the street on the right (the Geisha dress up place is on the street to the left)and on the right are steps leading down. This street is called Sannen-Zaka and leads into Ninen-Zaka. This is the part of Kyoto that people mean when they say -'you must go' so don't miss it!
    Old world Japan with narrow streets, tea houses with carp gardens and generally lots of people but still nice. From here there are many touristy things to see like gardens and temples.

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    Sannenzaka

    by Blatherwick Updated May 10, 2004

    A great place to walk around and look at the long narrow houses along this cobblestoned street. The houses used to be taxed according to the width of the entrance.

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    Sannenzaka

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    The slopes leading towards the kiyomizudera - Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka.

    Stroll up the slope or explore the shops selling pottery. Very relaxing.

    Shop @ Sannenzaka
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    Narrow lanes

    by bonio Written Mar 26, 2003

    This is the road up to Kiyomizu-dera. Interesting craft shops as well as the usual souvenir shops and cafes

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