Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts - Kyoto

Located at the Rakuto Area of Kyoto City, the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts are two interconnected historic districts that are famous for the well-preserved machiya or traditional buildings that line up its stone-paved streets.

Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts

These scenic streets also serve as the main thoroughfare to some of Kyoto's most visited temples and landmarks. Aside from that, most of the traditional Japanese buildings in these districts are actually souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, and inns that attract throngs of tourists.

Ninenzaka District

Ninenzaka District

Check out the crowd

Can you spot the Starbucks branch?

Kyoto's Edo-style Starbucks branch revisited

If you're coming in from the northern part of the Rakuto Area, you'll first reach Ninenzaka. This district is officially called Ninenzaka Slope and is actually the older of the two districts as it was constructed in 807. Ninenzaka is known for its shops, restaurants, and cafes. Speaking of cafes, the famed Kyoto's Edo-style Starbucks branch is located here.

Getting to Ninenzaka District:


From Kyoto Station, ride bus #100, 110, or #206 and board down at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. From there, walk about 500m to reach your destination.   

Sannenzaka District

Sannenzaka Preserved District

If you're coming in from the southern part of the Rakuto Area, you'll first reach Sannen-zaka. Officially called Sannenzaka Slope, this 100-meter long stone-paved slope was constructed in 808 and is presently designated as a National Historical Preservation District. 



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Sannenzaka is known for its interesting shops that sell unique products like the Nishijin weavings and Kiyomizu pottery among others. Aside from that this district is also the main thoroughfare to Kiyomizudera (Temple), hence it gets quite crowded not only with tourists but also pilgrims. What's good about this area though is that cars are prohibited to enter but then again, expect human traffic especially during the spring season. 

We got to visit Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts during the 4th day of our 2019 Japan trip.

Why visit Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts?

If you're looking to experience life in the Edo Era then these preserved districts are a must-visit for you. Check out the numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants housed in well-preserved traditional Japanese buildings. There's even a Starbucks branch housed in one of the traditional Japanese buildings that you should see and visit.

Getting to Sannenzaka District:


From Kyoto Station, ride bus #206 and board down at Kiyomizumichi. From there walk to Sannenzaka. 

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