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Ishibe Alley, Kyoto

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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. Take a look at our Kyoto trip builder app to schedule your visit to Ishibe Alley and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • September 27, 2017
    After eating dinner, come here for a walk. Rather from the outside of the road, there is a feeling of time interleaving. Step into 塀 road, I lost! Around the old House, at the foot of stone road, a twisty path, the chirping of insects. Almost no one on the road, this moment, Kyoto here seems to return to the past. And I went back to the past ... ... Featured evening stroll!
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  • September 21, 2017
    In Kyoto you absolutely do not want to tell anyone the best 3. Fewer people. Narrow. Have tucked away. However, the atmosphere is excellent. Stealth visit.
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  • September 13, 2017
    Typical Street evoking the Kyoto that was, The pavement will leave you spellbound. The houses and shops at the edge of the road make you soak in a past that you try to barely keep alive
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