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

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Quirky and Interesting

I liked this street and this area. There are lots of restaurants, bars and nooks and crannies of all sorts. The best time is at night when it comes alive. I recommend a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Stumbled upon Pontocho as we wandered in the dark after shopping at Daimaru. Foods offered at attractive prices and the hustling and bustling from the restaurants makes one wanna stay and have a drink especially those that extends towards the Kamogawa River. Lovers and friends lie on the grass near the river bank and stares into the starry sky while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This street was my favorite part of Kyoto aside from Fushimi Inari Shrine. It's almost like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, except much much cleaner and more polite. There are so many small bars and restaurants packed in here you could never visit them all. It's the first street to the west of the river between the Gion Shijo and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I liked this street and this area. There are lots of restaurants, bars and nooks and crannies of all sorts. The best time is at night when it comes alive. I recommend a good hour exploring and then maybe getting something to eat there. I did not find it seedy. Someone offered me a massage, but I think that was... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I can't separate my enjoyment of the Pontocho area from that of the Kamogawa Odori performance in the Pontocho Theater. The performance was amazing!!!! One of my favorite things in Kyoto. If you are there in May definitely go to the show and enjoy strolling the Pontocho area either before or after. So much history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Best foodies destination in Kyoto - Don't miss the chance of tasting the Out-Of-This-World Kobe beef

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A stroll down Pontocho Alley is a great evening/night activity in Kyoto. Many people say the restaurants are overpriced, but really it's a great place to people watch, take in the energy and have a drink or two.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

If you're staying anywhere near central Kyoto, you're likely to walk along Pontocho at some point. It's nice but a little too filled with tourists. Go with a restaurant in mind as there are many choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A long stretch of restaurants on both sides. Quite expensive ones as well. But river view seating is really nice. A few restaurant have the river view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

But not as much as Gion. Very touristy, but I understand why. When in Kyoto a few days, you must pass this street at least one evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is a lovely area of Kyoto for a 1-2 hours stroll in the late afternoon or early evening. The view of the river and its banks from the bridge is absolutely wonderful, and while most of the restaurants in Pontocho alley are tourist traps with ridiculously high prices and average food, the atmosphere alone is worth the visit.

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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Pontocho

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Pontocho
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.