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

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Quick stroll with a great feel

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Went in a summer night! The narrow lane is filled with many restaurants & bars, mainly upscale ones. Enjoyed the lighting and decor along the lane. Ever tried the Kaiseki Ryori many years back, on a temporary platform built only in Summer, above Kamo River. Food was good but expensive. Never tried the food this time. Most of them are... More 

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Otsu, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Barely two shoulder-widths wide, Poncho is great for a stroll through, unless you have a baby stroller. It's even better if you're there towards dusk and can find a river-side restaurant that will seat you on the "yuka", raised platforms along the river. Go, splurge, enjoy, and imagine being a part of pre-modern Japan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

So essentially it's all a bit of a tourist traps, but as tourist traps go, it's delightful with tiny little shops and restaurants and all manner of tourists dressed up as geisha. We had a very nice meal in a little place over-looking the river but given the location, it wasn't cheap. However, definitely worth a stroll on a good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the Geisha show at the theater in Pontocho. As we wandered down the alleyway of restaurants we found a place that served Wagyu beef, deep fried crispy breading – it was delicious – one of the best meals we had in our visit to Kyoto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Pontocho is a very narrow street that runs parallel with the Kamogawa river. Restaurants and bars line the sides of the street. Its a nice place to eat and drink but prices are high due to its popularity with Tourists (Japanese and western) and good location. The restaurants on the river side feature balconies that give a lovely view of... More 

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

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