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Pontocho

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

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Amazing - Japan at its best

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We loved walking in this area. We tried 2 restaurants here. I love how the restaurants are housed in older style buildings. This is where we got to see 2 Geisha's walking with their Mama San. We asked if we can take picture with them. (Somebody had to translate) They obliged us.

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Tamworth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I'm sure others will say this is like walking into a time capsule. Narrow lanes lit by lanterns, traditional curtains hung in doorways and a myriad of restaurants and bars to choose from. We came back several times for dinner and drinks during our stay in Kyoto. If you come on a weekend at dusk you may see a geisha... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This narrow lane is full of great but expensive restaurants, and is also very atmospheric to stroll around especially at night when the lights go on. While I was able to get my dinner elsewhere at a more budget-friendly joint, it still is worth a look if you are in Kyoto.

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Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Walk on this charming narrow street is like back into the past. Specially at night, it was more beautiful due to the lights. If you are hungry there're many excellent and expensive restaurants there. Otherwise, just walk and appreciate the view.

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