The cobble stoned path connecting Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple is lined with typical Kyoto cafes and shops that give you a chance to rest, and get a taste for the history and culture of Kyoto. There are two theories as to where the name for this area originated. One theory is it was named in 807 during the second year of of the Daido era, and another is that because it lies below the more popular Three Year Slope, it was named the “Second Year” slope. There is a legend that if you trip and fall on this path you will die within two years so be careful! A Japanese saying warns to “Be careful on stone steps and slopes.” The well preserved cobblestone path creates a feeling of old Kyoto that can not be found in many places. The area has been featured in many works of art and has inspired many famous artists of the past. Enjoy a walk through here designated as a “Traditional Building Preserved” area by the national government of Japan for the traditional architecture and classic scenery on hand.
Masuyacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto
A 13 minute bus ride from JR Kyoto Station, then 5 minutes walk from Gojo-zaka bus stop
A 10 minute bus ride from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station or keihan Gionshijo Station, then a 5 minute walk from Kiyomizu-zaka or Gojo-zaka bus stops
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