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Ishibe Alley, Kyoto

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Step back to early 20th-century Japan at Ishibe Alley, a historic cobblestone street that has maintained a traditional atmosphere from the Taisho period (1912-1926). Original wooden houses line the street, where many operate as teahouses, restaurants, and salons. As you walk you can hear the muffled interaction of people through the shoji screens. Due to its old-fashioned aesthetic, it has become a popular destination for filming in movies. At night, numerous lanterns elegantly illuminate the street. Hotels operate in the area for people who wish to stay longer. Our Kyoto itinerary planner makes visiting Ishibe Alley and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This area is a relatively well-preserved area of older Kyoto, giving you a taste of what the city might have been like in days long past. It may look intimidatingly far from Gion, but it's actually ju...  more »
  • Really cool place to spend an afternoon eating and shopping. Each shop offers something different and there seemed to be something for everyone. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • I dragged my family here and it was really cool to see this neighborhood but my teenage kids didn't appreciate it.  more »