Strolling down Sannenzaka

By: fiore

Feb 05 2013

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Category: Landscapes, Photography, Travels

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Focal Length:6.2mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
Sannenzaka, Kyoto, August 2009


Sannenzaka is a steep and narrow sloping road with flagstones and stone steps which departs from Kiyomizudera and heads towards  Kodaiji. It is a designated national historical preservation area and along the street there are many souvenir shops, the shops of kiyomizu-ware (a pottery created around Kiyomizu temple), tea houses and Japanese restaurants.

Sannenzaka is often mentioned along with Ninenzaka, which is its extension. “Ninen-zaka” means “slope of two years”, and “San’nen-zaka” means “slope of three years”. 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 San’nen-zaka. I was totally oblivious of this legend at the time of my visit, so, in hindsight, I can say that thankfully I didn’t fall down at all!


One comment on “Strolling down Sannenzaka”

  1. […] the gourd-shaped “flasks” that it sells are actually talismans as protection from the jinx of Sannenzaka. I have actually realised that thanks to a documentary called Mapping Kyoto Street, by NHK World […]

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