Sannenzaka NinenzakaKyoto

Charming craft shops, ceremonious teahouses and tiny cafés spill out from the traditional wooden façades of this historic pair of lanes below Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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.

Top hotels in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

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Park Hyatt Kyoto
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4.5 out of 5
360 Kodaiji Masuyacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto
The price is P39,961 per night

Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hokanji Temple and Kodaiji Temple. Kiyomizu Temple and Gion Corner are also within 15 ...

2.5/5 (2 reviews)

"綺麗清潔なホテルでした。ウェルカムシャンパンも、冷えてて美味しく気分よくいただきました。 しかし、スタッフの方々の対応が、、、 チェックイン時に座ったテーブルについて、このような状況で人との距離を保ちましたたい時に、ロビーには沢山テーブルがあり、そこにいるのは、私たちともう一組だけなのに、隣同士に座らせてること、 チェックイン後、散歩しようと荷物をフロントに預かってもらうと、、、外出はチェックアウトの精算をしてからにしてと外国人スタッフに言われました。しかも走って追いかけてきて。こんなに滞在人数が少なく、高いお支払をしているのに、お客様の顔も覚えていない対応、次の日も荷物を預かってもらい、取りに行くと、スタッフは右往左往して、待たされます。 ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

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The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu
The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu
3.5 out of 5
The price is P27,229 per night

Located in Higashiyama, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Gion Corner. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"学校校舎の懐かしい雰囲気が、子供の頃を思い出させてくれます。落ち着いた空間は、長期滞在には必要な時間と安心感を与えてくれる素晴らしいホテルです。"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu
RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
2.5 out of 5
The price is P4,578 per night

Located in Higashiyama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Entokuin Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Love this hotel!

"This was a great hotel! Situated in the heart of the Gion district of Kyoto. It is up on a hill, so if you are taking the bus to the hotel, just be fair warned (and the street is cobblestoned). Service is amazing, the hotel is awesome, and only 8 rooms so it is fairly private. There is no tv in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA
 TERRACE KIYOMIZU KYOTO
TERRACE KIYOMIZU KYOTO
3 out of 5

Located in Higashiyama, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Temple. Yasaka Shrine and Kyoto Tower ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)

"The Staff were friendly and spoke English reasonably well. The rooms were a bit tiny but manageable for two persons. The beds were very firm. Excellent location, close to the kiyomizu temple, historic distict, nice terrace with laundry facilities which we used, close to bus stop and several dining ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

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Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado
Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado
4 out of 5
The price is P29,802 per night

Located in Higashiyama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Hanamikoji Dori. Kiyomizu Temple and Nishiki Market are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Wonderful classic building with modern comforts. Kind and helpful staff. We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely return!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado
Kyoto Higashiyamasou
Kyoto Higashiyamasou
3 out of 5
The price is P13,857 per night

Located in Higashiyama, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Yasui Konpiragu, Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"This hotel is outstanding! The staff were the friendliest and most helpful staff I have ever experienced at a hotel. The building itself is very clean and our room offered a stunning view of the Yasaka Pagoda. It is in the perfect location if you wish to visit Kiyomizu-dera. Also, the breakfast was ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

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