Shopping, shrines and sweeties

We’re back in Kyoto in the gorgeous shopping streets of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka.

The names Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, mean ‘Two-Year Hill’ and ‘Three-Year Hill’ .

These are referring to the ancient imperial years when they were first laid out.

Legend has it that you will die within two years if you fall down on Ninen-zaka and you will die within three years if you fall down on San’nen-zaka.

Given that the cobbles are quite slippery when wet, that’s a fair few people done for!!

We stumble across a little green oasis of calm that gives us a breather from the hordes.

Before plunging back into the teaming chaos. Enjoying a browse through some of the trinkets and toys on offer in the multitude of traditional shops.

So many colourful cute things – so little luggage allowance!!! I want it all!

From green tea caddies in the shape of Geisha to delicate fans and garish, tooth ache inducing sweeties, there’s something to tempt even the most shopping weary consumer.

At the end of the streets you arrive at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. A colourful, chaotic riot of a temple. We’ll explore that next.

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