Sannenzaka NinenzakaKyoto

Experience a pocket of Kyoto’s history in the sloping cobbled streets of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka. Translating to “Two-Year Hill” and “Three-Year Hill,” these two lanes date back to the very beginnings of Kyoto’s imperial history and have been beautifully restored to demonstrate the neighborhood’s former way of life.

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are both pedestrianized lanes that lead up from Nene-no-Michi Lane past the Yasaka Pagoda to the famous hilltop Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The charming streets are lined with traditional wooden-façade teahouses, cafés and stores selling locally made crafts and souvenirs.

Take your time exploring the small stores and workshops dotted throughout the lanes. You might see traditional ceramics, special “ohashi” chopsticks, Japanese paper crafts, fabric, candy and garments. Pick up a souvenir or keepsake, such as a handcrafted saké bottle or “hashioki,” small ceramic holders for your chopsticks.

Make sure you stop by one of the traditional teahouses to experience a tea ceremony, complete with a kimono-clad server. If you try “matcha,” or powdered green tea, your server will prepare your tea ritualistically with a tea bowl, spoon and whisk. Often, tea is served with a rice cake with a sweet filling, called “mochi.” Enjoy a quiet moment sipping your tea, watching visitors and locals wandering up and down the lanes. Some visitors try on traditional kimono costumes and pose for photographs.

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are open daily for free. Visit in the daytime to check out the shops or in the evening to see beautiful lanterns and warmly lit restaurants. Allow 45 minutes to wander uphill all the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Those who prefer an easier walk might opt to begin their visit with a bus ride to Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi. From here, take the 10-minute uphill walk up to the temple before making a descent via Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s most famous Buddhist sites and features several shrines, including a sacred waterfall and a shrine for finding success in love.

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Top hotels in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
MINSYUKU KIYOMIZUSANSO
MINSYUKU KIYOMIZUSANSO
2.5 out of 5
P4,642
per night
24 Oct - 25 Oct

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Hokanji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Chion-in Temple and Kiyamachi Street ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)

"Had a great time at this traditional Japanese ryokan. Owner was very helpful and friendly, as was the cleaner during the few times we spoke. I was a bit worried about the noise levels with the thin paper windows, but with double-glazing and a mosquito screen in place, noise from the street was non-existent. ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

MINSYUKU KIYOMIZUSANSO
RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
2.5 out of 5
P8,695
per night
28 Oct - 29 Oct

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Gion Corner and Kawaramachi are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Excellent

"Great reception who took our bags as we had arrived before check in, offered us cold water to rest before heading out. Very good English spoken by staff. Handy phone in room can make free international calls and ability to hire WiFi for travel. Free WiFi in room and the shower and amenities very ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
Kamuro-an
Kamuro-an
3 out of 5

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this ryokan is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Corner and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)

"Our host was just lovely, thoughtful, and considerate. The ryokan is comfortable and well located near Gion."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Kamuro-an
Kyo-no-Yado Sangen Ninenzaka
Kyo-no-Yado Sangen Ninenzaka
3 out of 5
350-13, Masuyacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
P7,171
per night
24 Oct - 25 Oct

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this spa ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple and Kiyomizu Temple. Gion Corner and Yasaka Shrine are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
Great place and awesome staff.

"Great place to stay and amazing service. We’re very kind and understanding. The rooftop bath is amazing. Have stayed here before. New people are managing it and doing a good job."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Kyo-no-Yado Sangen Ninenzaka
Guest House Yamato
Guest House Yamato
3 out of 5
P4,597
per night
22 Oct - 23 Oct

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Gion Corner and Sanjusangendo Temple are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (258 reviews)

"This guest house is run by an older couple (younger than me probably.) They are wonderful hosts. Tea in the evening a nd upon arrival. Juice box the morning you leave. Very close to public transportation. But, if you take a taxi ever during your stay tell the driver it is very near where all the ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Guest House Yamato
Yadoya Manjiro
Yadoya Manjiro
2.5 out of 5
P11,820
per night
1 Nov - 2 Nov

Located in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, this ryokan is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Corner and Yasaka Shrine. Kawaramachi and Sanjusangendo Temple ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
야도야 만지로 훌륭해요

"체크인시간보다 일찍 도착하였으나 친절하게 맞아주셨고, 서비스도 훌륭했어요. 규모가 작은 료칸이라 조용하고 정원이 그림처럼 아름다운 곳입니다. 체크아웃 후에도 주변 관광지를 천천히 둘러볼 수 있도록 짐도 맡아 주셨어요. 다만, 호텔스닷컴으로 예약할 당시에는 조식포함된 가격으로 안내를 받고 예약하였으나, 사장님은 조식이 주문되어 있지 않았다고 하셔서 1인당 1500엔을 따로 지불하고 아침을 먹었네요. 훌륭한 아침식사였기에 얼굴 붉히지는 않았지만, 호텔스닷컴측의 정확한 호텔정보안내가 아쉽습니다."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Yadoya Manjiro

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