Sannenzaka

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Shopping Street of Ancient Kyoto

Shopping Street of Ancient Kyoto

Sannenzaka, along with Ninenzaka, are a pair of streets filled with traditional wooden tea houses and shops that depict what the streets of Kyoto looked like in ancient times. You won't find any power lines over head and with such a traditional look, this is the spot to go for photos of classic Japan. The shops along the street sell traditional, hand-made goods like chopsticks, incense, parasols, and other great souvenirs. There are also multiple tea houses to stop by for mochi before reaching the top of the street. We recommend trying the green tea ice cream during the spring and summer when things begin to heat up, and tea with baumkuchen in the winter and fall.

Waiting at the top of Sannenzaka is Kiyomizu Temple, but you won't have to go into the temple to appreciate the scenic view from the top of the street. There's a superstition to Sannenzaka that if you slip while walking the steps, you will die within 3 years, so be sure to walk carefully as you go! Unlike the rest of modern Japan, Sannenzaka is the perfect way to experience what Kyoto was like from another era.

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