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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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a very interesting street to visit after dark

Getting the tube there is quite challenging, although the tube line colours are markef on the ground. Well worth a visit to see the lights and the street. We ate in a very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went at night to 'soak up the atmosphere' but was left disappointed This is an area where you need the experience of a local to become more embroiled in the actives & night life

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We loved our time in this area, however we spent a lot of time and quite a few yen drinking our way down the streets trying to find the right place to settle in. Wish we found Bar Base sooner, definitely recommend for anyone looking for a good vibe and a great bartender at reasonable prices. It's not on TA,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We visited this place twice at night over the 3 days we stayed in Kyoto and we never get sick of it. Nice walk down the tight alley...mix of old historic looking teahouses & hip restaurants. We like that it has a mysterious feel to it, as we imagined geisha were entertaining within the teahouses as we walked past. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Getting the tube there is quite challenging, although the tube line colours are markef on the ground. Well worth a visit to see the lights and the street. We ate in a very small restaurant Which was un Japanese, so don't know the name, but it did an excellent chicken dish, very flavoursome

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We visited Pontocho every night of our stay in Kyoto, and were never disappointed! It's full of fabulous restaurants and bars (although be ready to try a few before finding one with space - they are small), and the architecture is fantastic. We had a really nice time with the bartender at "Cocktails and Dreams" one night. We were in... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We found a great little bar which was tucked up an alley, you have really look to see what's hidden on the street. Worth a walk down in the evening to see the lanterns.

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Set aside 1 evening for a stroll along Pontocho. You will be transported to an alternate universe of Old World Kyoto, infused with nighttime magic, lit by innumerable traditional rice-paper lanterns. If you're lucky, a geisha will materialize like a beautiful apparition from a side alley for just a moment, before she silently floats by and disappears again into the... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Just. I don't know if every restaurant was the same as the one I was lucky to find, where we had hot pot, with a view to the river. Great food, so cozy, I can't wait to come back!!

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Macau, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Similar to Osakas Dotonbori side streets, here are a lot of culinary restauranta. Unlike Dotonbori they are high class and pretty expensive. There are also bars with and without view of the river. Good for a walk through at night when all the lanterns are illuminated.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An interesting alley filled with restaurants and small shops. There are so many little streets and alleys like this in Kyoto which make it a special place. We took a guided Geisha tour we found in Trip Advisor and we walked through similarly remarkable streets. Wonderful to see the heritage and traditions alive and well in Kyoto. If Japan has... More 

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