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About this sight

Leading towards Kiyomizudera Temple are a couple of charming stone paved paths up the hill that pilgrims used to use in the past called Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. Today the restored neighbourhood is lined with shops, restaurants and kimono rental housed in traditional buildings to cater to the hordes of tourists that flock to Kiyomizudera everyday.

The names Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka literally mean “Two-Year Hill” and “Three-Year Hill” (the years referring to the imperial years when they were first laid out). A stroll along here is the next best thing to a leap back in time to olden day Kyoto, with plenty of traditional teahouses and soba restaurants that make for a pleasant lunch break or teatime. Here you will find many shops selling the yatsuhashi snack, traditionally a cinnamon flavoured mochi or cookie, available in many flavors now including seasonal ones such as chestnut for autumn or sakura for spring.

The paths connect to the foot of the Higashiyama mountains and are surrounded by Kodaiji and the Yasakajinja shrine. The area is particularly crowded during the sakura spring season and autumn momijigari season when the Kiyomizudera Temple offers a spectacular view of a sea of pink flowers or azure leaves.