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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #52 of 382 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Melbourne, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

What a special and ancient place, yet so completely functional. So atmospheric with the narrow walkways and various paper lanterns and notice boards for the menus of the numerous resturants. We walked in the Gion area too, but we much preferred pontocho alleys. We wandered into a downstairs grotto, which was great fun, very atmospheric with dark painted walls and... More

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New York City, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This street is super cool! There are a bunch of really cool restaurants all next to each other. This is a great area to visit during the evening & night when everything is lit up! It's also a romantic stroll area.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While staying in Kyoto we found ourselves looking for something a bit different to do on Sunday night Pontocho seemed ideal We hopped on the bus at Kyoto station A2 and took a 20 minute ride into the city Make sure you have the correct fare No change given 230y each We then walked up and down little alleyways full... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This area is Nice but tiny. Gion is way better if you want to see traditional japanese alleys. Restaurants are not for budget travellers.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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136 reviews 136 reviews
66 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We loved Pontocho, it felt really special. There are lots of interesting restaurants & bars to choose from with the whole street having an amazing atmosphere.

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Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It's a unique little alley that goes along river packed with restaurants so there are lots of options. They have menus displayed outside the establishment and most of them have english menu.One note: I think most restaurants here open starting at 5:30PM. This place is so much better and affordable than Gion district. We found this little restaurant - 六傳屋... More

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Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It may be that all the restaurants in this street is overpriced (as one local guy told me) but when it's lit by lanterns at night this crooked street has an incredible atmosphere!

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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Wow is the first word that pops into my head when I tell people about this place. Small narrow street that looks like any other during the day but comes to life at night with big lanterns and if you're lucky enough, which I was, a geiko or 2 rushing off to an appointment. Quite crowded but so worth the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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580 reviews 580 reviews
264 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I was taken away on how narrow and yet so incredibly charming this alleyway was. We walked in it looking for a good restaurant as there are so many options along the way. Left and right you will see countless and countess of food option that will satisfy anyone in your party. The very cool part of the alleyway though... More

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186 reviews 186 reviews
84 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Nice area to walk down, small alleyway with plenty of traditional Japanese restaurants but the prices are crazy compared to elsewhere in Kyoto (or the rest of Japan for that matter). We came here planning for dinner but in the end went elsewhere. There are similarly nice small streets all over Tokyo, Kyoto and elsewhere that aren't so expensive.

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