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Ishibe Alley

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Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0000 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Worth a small detour!

Ishibe is a small alley between Yasaka shrine and Kiyomizudera. If you are walking here, take this way! You may need an accurate map on paper or on your mobile to find it, but it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Ishibe is a small alley between Yasaka shrine and Kiyomizudera. If you are walking here, take this way! You may need an accurate map on paper or on your mobile to find it, but it is worth a small detour. There are some teahouses here that may provide you a peaceful moment in a beautiful setting, but we did not... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Traditional street which is really fun to walk through. Beautiful old wooden houses. Great opportunity for taking pictures and the best thing about it: no other tourists!!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We stumbled upon this quite by accident really. We were looking for a place to eat but apparently were there a bit early. Everything was closed pretty much like this picture.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

We had google maps to tell us how to get here. Beautiful little streets to wander through with old traditional homes. They do not want pictures taken. There are signs posted. So amazing how they have remained through time. I would love to see inside one! But don't go out of your way to find since it is an empty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Look for this small street and when you find it, you see that tere are allmost no tourist. Don't forget to load your camera.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

We stumbled upon Ishibe Alley by accident and loved it. It was wonderful to walk around and see the beautiful wooden houses and streets and there are a few shops and cafes along the way.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

During your walk through Gion have a wander down here, and if you are up for a Japanese meal check out one of the restaurants. Be warned they can be quite expensive and Kyoto seems to love its Wagyu beef, and you'll pay for it. Otherwise pretty traditional architecture and cobble stone roads are a pleasant change to Kyoto CBD.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Walking around this area gave the feel for the "real" Japan I had been wanting to see. Sometimes you are not sure what is behind the doors but some of the shops and restaurants are very modern and quite a surprise.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

A quiet alley full of traditional house where you can take some great photos. No need to spend a lot of time here, we dropped by this place on our way to Kodaiji temple from Kiyomizudera.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

Quiet alley with traditional houses. Nice to stroll around even at night is brightly lighted. A lot of the houses are restaurants serving authentic Japanese course meal.

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