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Pontocho

Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #49 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods
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Newcastle
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179 reviews 179 reviews
82 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It may be crowded during dinner time but it's worth walking pass it and trying out some of the restaurants. The riverside restaurant can be overpriced. We came with a toddler so trying to find somewhere that fits a stroller and allow toddler can be a task. We managed to find a great restaurant that allows toddler and serves delicious... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

So many restaurants from which to choose. The Alley is beautiful at night and seems to go on forever. You might even see a Geiko on her way to an appointment.

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The narrow laneways lined with restaurants and glowing lanterns are a really lovely walk at dusk. We managed to find a great restaurant (I've forgotten the name, sorry!) where we were lucky enough to sit in front of the kitchen and watch the chefs prepare our meals before directly serving them to us. A real treat!

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Zagreb, Croatia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Crowded and small, but very charming and unlike anything in Europe. The river-view restaurants are pricey, though.

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We visited this neighbourhood in the evening, which makes it an much better experience. There are lots of small, hidden eateries around there and you might even catch a Geisha walking around or sneaking into one of the old taxis. So if your only goal is to see some Geishas, you might wanna hang out there between 5-8pm when they... More

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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I liked this area better than Gion, we were in Gion and it seemed a little empty so we walked over the bridge and came to Pontocho. They had lots of little restaurants and bars with small shops. We saw a couple Geishas for half a second and they flew down another alley. My friend got a great photo. There... More

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Long Island NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am sure sitting in one of the outdoor patios would have been lovely. We just found the prices so inflated that it was not worth it. Walk a few blocks in any direction for better choices.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

This street was amazing. I felt like I was in japan 100 years ago. The restaurants down this alley are rather pricey but the food looks amazing.

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London
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

A very atmospheric and photogenic alley full of bars and restaurants. There are also some even smaller alleyways leading off into darker corners. Walk through once while in Kyoto.

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