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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Maze like, full of bars and all sorts

Definitely worth exploring, plenty of fine restaurants and bars. Check to see if the bar has a table charge - some do, prices vary but seem to be about 1000 yen.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Pontocho and neighbouring Kawaramachi Dori are two streets that run parallel with the river on the west side of Kyoto. Pomtocho is narrow and good for photography. You can find some real geisha here if you are lucky. The street is lined with restaurants which are pricey. On one side they all have views over the river and mountains so... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Pontocho is a charming street that runs parallel to the Kamogawa river and contains mainly restaurants and bars, and it is very lively in the evening. It is flanked by Kiyamachi street, which runs along side a tree-lined canal between Shijo-Dori up past Oike-Dori, and also has restaurants and shops. Both streets are perfect for a stroll and to soak-in... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a good area to find plenty of options for dining. It was particularly lively in the evening and I imagine remains so as it goes on. It's not far from Gion and so can make a combined trip. It is about 15 minutes to walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Definitely worth exploring, plenty of fine restaurants and bars. Check to see if the bar has a table charge - some do, prices vary but seem to be about 1000 yen.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Just off the main strip from Shinjuku. Well worth going out of your way. The bars are really cosy and seat less than 10.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I have to confess that I had not tried any of the restaurants in Pontocho just because of my mum, who does not like small shops with the cooks standing in front of her! The street is compact with all sorts of small-scaled restaurant in Japaneses styles.But I do recommend eating there because you can try different types of Japanese... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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

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

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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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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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.