Hands-down the single most beautiful lane in all of Kyoto, Ishibei-koji Lane is like entering another world.
Blink and you’ll miss the entrance to Ishibei-koji Lane, Kyoto’s most atmospheric pedestrian-only walkway. In fact, even if you don’t blink, you might not spot the entrance, because it’s labeled only in Japanese. It turns off of Nene-no-Michi Lane, and the most reliable way of finding Ishibei-koji is to ask one of the many rickshaw pullers who congregate on Nene-no-Michi.
Once you enter Ishibei-koji, you’ll find yourself in the Kyoto of your imagination. There’s nothing modern to be seen – only beautifully maintained traditional inns, restaurants and elite bars. The lane twists and turns a few times, but at no more than 200 meters in length, you can’t get lost.
Ishibei-koji Lane features in our Private Walking Tour of Southern Higashiyama.
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
- Open the Kyoto map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Near To Here:
Ishibei-koji Lane is located in Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Southern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
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