You don't have to imagine how medieval Japan looked like—you can see it for yourself by visiting the Sannenzaka Slope. This is how Kyoto was before modernity descended in full force. Gently sloping down to the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sannenzaka is surely one of Kyoto’s most attractive streets.
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N34° 59' 48.7806"E135° 46' 51.8304"
This photo was taken in front of Ishinno-michi Street, around 80 feet away from Sannenzaka Slope. You can either walk there or take a bus to the Kiyomizumichi stop.
If you're taking the bus, take Matsubara-dori to the east once you get off the bus at Kiyomizumichi and walk. Sannenzaka will be on your left. Walk down the Sannenzaka Path until you get to Ishinno-michi.
If you're walking, I recommend combining Sannenzaka with a visit to Ninen-zaka. You can take Sannenzaka Path to the south toward Ishinno-michi.
Once you're at Ishinno-michi, look for the green flower bed between Ishinno-michi and Sannenzaka. You can easily recognize it if you get there after Ninen-zaka.
I stood right there to get this view. To capture Sannenzaka with the cherry blossoms, the right angle is very important. If you're standing too near the slope, you won't be able to capture it entirely.
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