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Pontocho

Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #63 of 371 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods
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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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168 reviews 168 reviews
84 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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
9 helpful votes 9 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Speers Point, Australia
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344 reviews 344 reviews
169 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A street setting that was made for Tombai of the Mist to leap onto the path and challenge passers by as Shintaro waits silently in a narrow side alley! This scene is typically how a first-time visitor imagines Kyoto. A narrow alley lined with restaurants designed around period architecture - and if you're lucky you'll spot Geisha and Maiko in... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I saw a real maiko/geisha from the restaurant next to where we ate. They do exist! Fun walk on the street or by the kamo river.

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Seattle, Washington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Located by the canal. Full of restaurants and different kind of cuisine. People watching is great mixing locals and tourists. Nothing fancy, restaurants in general are small. The alley is not too long, if stroll slowly, will finish it in 20 minutes. While this place attracted mostly tourists, the price is steep. Great to walk around here at night to... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice place to eat and take pictures at night. Some geishas and maikos wander the place. Hard to get them to take a picture. Close to here there is a river, also filled with siding restaurants and cafés.

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Singapore, Singapore
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210 reviews 210 reviews
160 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is one place to check out in Kyoto, located alongside the canal, this street is buzzling with restaurants. The stretch of alley is pretty long, and prices a little steep here. Take a stroll along gion at night to help digest your meal.

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Rabat, Morocco
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

if you want to wander around kyoto street and o to a fancy food place it's the place to go to. you may encounter some gaishas there.

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