Ninen-zaka & Sannen-zaka

Ninen-zaka & Sannen-zaka information

Kyoto , Japan
Street Higashiyama-ku
Getting there
Bus Kyoto City Bus No 206 to the Kiyomizu-michi or Gojō-zaka stops
Train Keihan Line to Kiyomizu-Gojō Station
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Lonely Planet review

Just downhill from and slightly to the north of Kiyomizu-dera, you will find one of Kyoto’s loveliest restored neighbourhoods, the Ninen-zaka-Sannen-zaka area. The name refers to the two main streets of the area: Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, literally ‘Two-Year Hill’ and ‘Three-Year Hill’ (the years referring to the ancient imperial years when they were first laid out). These two charming streets are lined with old wooden houses, traditional shops and restaurants. If you fancy a break, there are many tea houses and cafes along these lanes.