Monday, November 14, 2011


Ninnen zaka and Sannen zaka are the roads leading up the hill to Kiyomizu-dera. They are lined with old traditional shops selling some wonderful souvenirs.
There are all sorts of things on offer: chirimen products, ceramics, dolls, bags and lots of green tea products.

This is one of the many green tea stores. This one sells a delicious green tea cake.
Many visitors dress in yukata when they come here.

At the base of the ascent to Kiyomizu-dera, we spotted these ladies dressed as geisha. I'm pretty sure they were just in costumes, as there are many studios in Kyoto who will dress you and do your make-up for  a photography shoot. You can then strut around town for a bit and pretend to be a geisha and have the tourists go shutter crazy over you. A way of having your 15 minutes of fame I guess!
They looked lovely nonetheless.

Is this not your typical Japanese scene - geisha and school girls?
They happily posed for lots of photos before heading back to the studio.


  1. Those yukatas looked so pretty.

  2. First of all thanks for your sweet comment. I love the pictures, I´d love to visit Japan, it is one of my favorite countries, so pretty and very nice people too..Kisses from

  3. YO-KOSO!(Welcome to Japan)
    The powdered green tea of Kyoto is very delicious♥

    I like your blog very much!
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    Congratulations !!!
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  4. Hi lovely, great post and fab photos!!!
    I'd love to visit Japan!!
    Thank you for your visit!!
    Ah!I do you like to see the pictures of my trip to China, on the the archive( etiquetas)
    Besos, desde España, Marcela

  5. You didn't put them on and parade too? That would be awesome, don't you think?

    I'd like to do it, but the cost is too high for me. :(