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Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviewsnarrow alleycomes alive at nightoverlooking the riverruns parallelenglish menukamogawa riverboth sidessmall streetvisit at nightgion areanice walkjapanese foodlanternsstrollgeishakyototourists
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are options: local, Italian, French, American style burgers etc. It's not cheap though so don't expect a low key dinner out. Some places are of course a little cheaper but you might find yourself strolling around to find a place that matches your budget....More

Thank Renan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Atmospheric street with many restaurants and bars to explore. Many of the restaurants have a terrace that overlooks the river which is fantastic for sunset dinner or evening drinks. The later we were there we spotted quite a few Geisha wondering around which was a...More

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll find lots of restaurants and bars in the area. They do have specific opening hours, such as lunch and dinner. But not in between such as 2.30-5.30pm. Definitely worth a walk!!

Thank Jean L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It looked like we walked back in time or we had entered a Miyazaki movie. So many lovely restaurants and amazing views. We chose the only ramen restaurant because my son was feeling like it and it was great. I’m going to look up the...More

Thank alessiarota
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well visited and a pleasant walk if, at times somewhat busy, this alleyway is worth a walk once or twice, day and night, mostly because it has a somewhat appealing atmosphere and is pretty much next to the river and close to Gion. Lots of...More

Thank MCW_Penguin
Reviewed June 28, 2018

I followed the foodmarket tour of Ninja Tours. My very friendly and informative guide Moe pointed out this alley and a perticularly a great bar to have a local craft beer, Miyama 162. I visited it later that same day before having dinner. Later that...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2018

Do not miss Pontocho for nightlife. It runs along the river and is full of bars and restaurants - colorful nightlife for everyone. It's a somewhat hidden gem in Kyoto.

Thank LuxeFamilyFun
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Pontocho is a unique alley in Gion, full of restaurants and bars. It’s quite crowded at night but that’s also it’s magic, all the people, lights, colors and smells.

Thank Esther G
Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

We headed toward Pontocho Alley after browsing the shops in Gion; noticed that riverside outdoor tables were filling up fast. We managed to score one and enjoyed a delicious meal, overlooking the river - and seeing tourists on the bridge looking toward us. On exiting...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

Small streets full of restaurants. It’s an interesting walk around and you get to see lots. The river runs parallel, many bars and restaurants have terraces that hang over the river.

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Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's
most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow
street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's
busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls,
Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life,
making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to
come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and
bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly
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June 14, 2018|
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Tone They are many Most have menu outside Don’t chose any that don’t prices posted Kyoto is very safe and honest Have fun
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Response from LucaDo996 | Reviewed this property |
Ishiyaki Isshan Pontocho The food was phenomenal!