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Pontocho

Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #49 of 431 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
40 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A narrow opening at Shijo street to a dark narrow road with dim neon signs and lights leaked from windows. Following the narrow road to the interior, Pontocho street is a row of restaurants, bar, pub, hotel and shops. The shops in Pontocho is designed in traditional japan, strolling around on a narrow dark road brings us back to Edo... More 

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Pune, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

After visiting Gion in the evening, Ponto-cho is a perfect place for enjoying your dinner. Wide selection of atmospheric restaurants combined with its close proximity to Gion makes it the best choice. There are very many restaurants which makes it very difficult to choose. Though for the best restaurants you might want to have a reservation as otherwise you might... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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
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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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sydney
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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