Ninen-zaka and San'nen-zaka are
a series of approaches to Kiyomizu temple.
They run from the northwest of Kiyomizu temple to the halfway point of Kiyomizu-zaka approach.
The total length of them is about 400 meters.
They are gentle and narrow sloping roads with flagstones and stone
Along the streets, ther are many souvenir shops, the shops of kiyomizu-ware (a pottery created around Kiyomizu temple), tea houses and Japanese restaurants.
The streets has a Kyoto's unique atmosphere, so there is an endless stream of visitors.
"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.
Please be careful not to fall down here.
Additionary, the different kanji characters of San'nen-zaka (the parenthetic characters above) have a meaning as "slope to pray for a safe delivery".
From Kyoto station, about 15
minutes to Gojozaka stop, about 17 minutes to Kiyomizumichi stop, by
bus with route No. 206, 208.
Then about 10 minutes from each bus stop.
Kyoto Imperial Palace