Tourist spot in Kyoto city

Ninen-zaka, Sannen-zaka [二年坂, 三年坂]


Yasaka Pagoda from Ninen-zaka
Yasaka Pagoda from Ninen-zaka

Map around Kiyomizu-dera

Ninen-zaka & Sannen-zaka are a series of approaches to Kiyomizu-dera.

These are gentle and narrow sloping streets with flagstones and stone steps.

The streets run from the northwest of Kiyomizu-dera to the halfway point of Kiyomizu-zaka approach.

The north part is Ninen-zaka and the south part is Sannen-zaka.
The total length of them is about 400 meters.

Along the streets, there are many souvenir shops, the shops of Kiyomizu-ware (a pottery created around Kiyomizu-dera), tea houses and Japanese restaurants.



The streets have a Kyoto's unique atmosphere, so many visitors walk always.

"Ninen-zaka" means "slope of two years", and "Sannen-zaka" means "slope of three years".
("Nen" means "year".)

It is said that you will die within two years when you fall down on Ninen-zaka and you will die within three years when you fall down on Sannen-zaka.
Please be careful not to fall down here.


Sign of Sannei-zaka
Sign of 'Sannei-zaka'

By the way, the original names of the streets were "Ninei-zaka" and "Sannei-zaka".
Especially, the name of "Sannei-zaka" is often used.

"Sannei" (産寧) has different meaning from "three years".
It means "easy delivery".
Women who want to be blessed with a baby had walked uphill for worshipping through this slope to Kiyomizu-dera.

In addition, there is a small alley "Ichinen-zaka" (一念坂).
It is located around the starting point of Ninen-zaka and some shops and cafes are along the alley about 100 meters long.

It is said that the naming of Ichi(1)nen-zaka followed Ni(2)nen-zaka and San(3)nen-zaka.

Ichinen-zaka, Ninen-zaka

How to get here

By route bus, from Kyoto station, about 15 minutes to Gojozaka stop, about 17 minutes to Kiyomizumichi stop.
Then about 10 minutes from each bus stop.

Other Tourist Attractions in Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto National Museum Sanjusangen-do Chishaku-in Kiyomizu-dera Yasaka Pagoda Kodaiji Kenninji Gion Minamiza theater Yasaka Shrine Maruyama Park Chion-in Shoren-in Nanzenji Samurai Kembu Theater Heian Shrine Eikando Honen-in Ginkakuji Philosopher's Walk Bishamon-do

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