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Pontocho

Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #53 of 398 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural

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Brazil
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 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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37 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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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15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We loved Pontocho, it felt really special. There are lots of interesting restaurants & bars to choose from with the whole street having an amazing atmosphere.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It's a unique little alley that goes along river packed with restaurants so there are lots of options. They have menus displayed outside the establishment and most of them have english menu.One note: I think most restaurants here open starting at 5:30PM. This place is so much better and affordable than Gion district. We found this little restaurant - 六傳屋... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It may be that all the restaurants in this street is overpriced (as one local guy told me) but when it's lit by lanterns at night this crooked street has an incredible atmosphere!

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