My favourite place in Kyoto is the narrow streets of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka, located in the Higashiyama district. This area seems to transport you to the past, back to traditional Kyoto. These cobbled streets, a bit steep but pedestrianised, are full of old wooden houses, restaurants, traditional shops and tea houses, with a taste of yesteryear.

Did you know that Sannenzaka means “hill of three years” and Ninenzakahill of two years“?

They say that if you fall on the slope of Sannenzaka, you will die in three years, and if the fall takes place in Ninenzaka you will die in the next two years. Whether true or not, better be careful and do not fall.

The tour can be completed by visiting the Kiyomizu-dera Temple with beautiful views of the city and Maruyama Park, the oldest in Kyoto. Both places are especially beautiful when the cherry trees are in bloom.

A few minutes walk away, there is a charming restaurant. In this place, the service is excellent and the food is unbeatable, mixing traditional Italian cuisine with local products, The Sodoh Higashiyama Kyoto.

It offers two menus at noon (one of them cheaper) and two at night. You need to book in advance if you want to get a table.

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