Sannen-zaka, Ninen-zaka, Kyoto

The Sannen-zaka (the slope of three years) and the Ninen-zaka (the slope of two years), both were made as Kiyomizu pilgrimage route, the beautiful scenery that the hill and row of houses continue, it is specified as An Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
It is crowded with those who go to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and is the spot where is popular among tourists.
The Sannen-zaka slope was built as an approach of people who worship at Kiyomizu-dera from the direction of Kodai-ji Temple. The reason the Sannen-zaka slope is also written “the Sannei-zaka slope” (the slope for an easy delivery of a baby) is that the divine favor of an easy delivery is in the Koyasu Kannon installed in the Kiyomizu-dera temple.

There is ancient folklore to die within three years when you fall down in the Sannen-zaka slope. Although circumference whole the Kiyomizu-dera temple is said to originate in having been a ground of attendance at a funeral a long time ago, but do not still know the clear thing. Even now, the gourd of charm against misfortunes is sold at the last place of the foot of the steep stone steps which leads to the Kiyomizu-dera temple.

The course just leads to the Kiyomizu-zaka temple when you go up the Sannen-zaka slope, but if you go up the stone steps to the top from the Ninen-zaka slope to the Shobo-ji Temple, the whole view panorama of the foot of the Higashi-yama Mountain and Kyoto can be seen before the tower of Yasaka.

You can also go to the Kiyomizu-dera temple via the Kodai-ji Temple and the Ninen-zaka slope from the Yasaka Jinja shrine, and after having seen Kiyomizu-dera Temple, you can also go down the slope and can lead to Yasaka-jinja Shrine and the Gion area.

The time required is approximately one hour. Since stores stand in a row on both sides, shopping and a meal can also be enjoyed.


Name:Sannen-zaka, Ninen-zaka
Address:Kiyomizu 2-221 Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862 Japan
Access:Keihan-honsen Line “Kiyomizu-Gojo-eki” station (16 minutes walk)
Tel:(+81)75-213-1717 (Kyoto Sanjo Tourism Information Corner)
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