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Ishibe Alley

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Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0000 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Little section of little Kyoto

Beautiful though turistry.. Very centrally located. Nice to walk around in the morning when its quiet

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

Beautiful though turistry.. Very centrally located. Nice to walk around in the morning when its quiet

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

We travelled along these alley-ways on our walk between Gion and Kodaiji - great example of old style buildings and the narrow streets from an older era.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Nice little street. Feels like what I guess old Kyoto should have felt like. However, beyond that I don't really see a point of making it a destination (may be I am missing something). The area around the street is full of shops and touristy places, though. So I guess it's worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

I stayed at a ryokan in this alley and therefore I walked through this alley quite a bit. Unlike Ninanzaka and kiyomizuzaka across the street, this has significantly less tourists. There are ryokans in the alley and also private residence. A notable sign "quiet" was posted on the lamp post. Great floors, although slippery, on rainy days. Still had the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Visited the area as it was next to my hotel one evening. The area is interesting and beautiful, especially when I visited at dusk. Surprisingly free of tourists too. Heartily recommend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Having just come from Takayama and Kanazawa, this was nothing new for my eyes, but of course still nice to see. I was lucky to go through the alley pretty much alone both times. It is restored and nice to be, some tea houses along the way. Only takes about 3-5 min to walk through. If you're in the area,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

This is a lovely detour from the path that connects Kiyiomizudera and Yasaka shrine.. Take a peek into gorgeous restaurants and ryokans, take in the architecture, feel the old spirit of Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

we went geisha spotting and loved this alley. traditional tea houses and very picturesque. no geisha's to be seen

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Imagine you are time-travelling. Back to an alley in the ancitent Capital of Kyoto hundreds of years ago. Ishibe Alley provides a perfect scene, only if you can ignore numerous fellow tourists. So try to come earlier, later, or on a rainy day. Not only few people, but the light condition for photos may be sublte and impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Walking Ishibe Alley is one of the more memorable things we did in Kyoto. It was a very nice street with beautiful old houses. We took lots of nice photos. There are also quaint tea houses along the way-very private. There was also a very nice soft serve ice cream and Patisserie that the kids enjoyed a lot. You can... More 

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