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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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Good For a Stroll - But better places elsewhere

Pontocho is a very narrow street that runs parallel with the Kamogawa river. Restaurants and bars line the sides of the street. Its a nice place to eat and drink but prices are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Kyoto, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Pontocho is a very narrow street that runs parallel with the Kamogawa river. Restaurants and bars line the sides of the street. Its a nice place to eat and drink but prices are high due to its popularity with Tourists (Japanese and western) and good location. The restaurants on the river side feature balconies that give a lovely view of... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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51 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We go there in the day. It is really beautiful. It is long and narrow. If I know it is so active at night, we will definitely go there. You might catch a look of geisha.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you want to spend a ton of money on fine dining with a less than half decent view of a mediocre river, then go here. If you want more, go elsewhere

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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116 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Interesting area in Kyoto, narrow street with many restaurants and authentic feel. A little difficult to find the right restaurant unless you can understand Japanese characters, however, people were ready to help.

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This place is best visited at night when the lights are low and the ambiance radiates. Finding a place to eat or drink is have the fun. Don't be discouraged if you can't find THE one. You'll find something awesome.

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Macau, China
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is an area not to be missed when in Kyoto! This district has ancient alleyways filled with restaurants and bars parallel to the river-side. It's a wonderful area to finish the day with a nice frozen beer on one of the many restaurant or bar terraces along the river-front, or a nice glass of sake. There are many wonderful... More 

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Perth, Australia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went at night to 'soak up the atmosphere' but was left disappointed This is an area where you need the experience of a local to become more embroiled in the actives & night life

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We loved our time in this area, however we spent a lot of time and quite a few yen drinking our way down the streets trying to find the right place to settle in. Wish we found Bar Base sooner, definitely recommend for anyone looking for a good vibe and a great bartender at reasonable prices. It's not on TA,... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We visited this place twice at night over the 3 days we stayed in Kyoto and we never get sick of it. Nice walk down the tight alley...mix of old historic looking teahouses & hip restaurants. We like that it has a mysterious feel to it, as we imagined geisha were entertaining within the teahouses as we walked past. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Getting the tube there is quite challenging, although the tube line colours are markef on the ground. Well worth a visit to see the lights and the street. We ate in a very small restaurant Which was un Japanese, so don't know the name, but it did an excellent chicken dish, very flavoursome

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