2. View the sights of Kyoto
  3. Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka

Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka


Leaving Kiyomizu-dera temple, walking down the slope and turning right at the first corner in front of the shop which sells “Shichimi - typical Japanese spice", you are on the sloping path named “Sanneizaka” or “Sannen-zaka”, a lively mix of tradition and modernity. There is an atmosphere of traditional and modern Kyoto interwoven with the laughter between tourists, students on a school trip and Kimono-clad salespeople in the street lined with Kyoto-style souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Passing through “Sannen-zaka”, you come to the next sloping path “Ninen-zaka”. “Ninen-zaka” has a legend said that you will die within two years if you fall down the slope, so please go down the slope watching your foot and being careful. It is a pleasant walk where begins at “Sannen-zaka” and continues to “Ninen-zaka”, the stone-paved path overlooking Yasaka Pagoda, “Inchinen-zaka”, “Ishibei-koji” alley and “Path of Nene”, along the street descended from Kiyomizu-dera temple to Yasaka-jinja Shrine. It is best to walk before 9:00 am to avoid the crowds. However, souvenir shops open around 10:00 am.