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The Path to Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto – “Chawan-zaka”

After arriving at the hotel in Kyoto, unpacking our bags, we embarked on our journey to explore the city. The first destination on our list was “Kiyomizu-dera,” a prominent and representative attraction on the eastern side of Kyoto.

During a previous visit in 2018, we had reached the vicinity of Kiyomizu-dera but were unable to explore its interior as we arrived too late, and the doors were already closed. However, this time, we arrived on schedule and could fully experience Kiyomizu-dera.

“Chawan-zaka: A Path to Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera”

On the way to Kiyomizu-dera, you encounter various alleyways, each with its own name. The path we chose to take on our way to Kiyomizu-dera this time was called “Chawan-zaka.” This alleyway serves as a guide, indicating that if you continue a bit further uphill, you will reach Kiyomizu-dera.

“Kyoto Pottery, Kiyomizu-yaki Street, Chawan-zaka”

The area around Kiyomizu-dera, situated in Higashiyama, is known for Kyoto pottery, specifically the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki. As you ascend the slopes of Higashiyama, you encounter a fork in the road, and the right path is precisely Chawan-zaka. Walking along this path, you’ll find shops clustered together, selling not only artistic pottery creations but also everyday tableware.

While our main goal for the day was to visit Kiyomizu-dera, we didn’t extensively explore Chawan-zaka. However, the shops lining both sides of the street left a lasting impression. If we ever return to Kyoto with more time to spare, it seems like a great place to revisit and thoroughly explore.

“Kyoto, Chawan-zaka”

  • Address: Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0846, Japan
  • Website: Chawan-zaka