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It is a kind of secret bar because is hidden. The location at firts looks like a traditional japanese ryokan, but inside is modern. Few but good selection of gins and rums. High price but it is worth drinking here.
This is a true hidden gem - almost so that one would rather not unveil the bar’s existence but to keep the experience for oneself.
The bar is found by stepping into a small innergarden of vegetation and following the stepping stones. The clientel is...More
It was early on a year-end Saturday night, and our last night in Japan. A favorite restaurant is next door, Gion Yata. Its miniscule upstairs bar, which is a wonderful 8-seat hideout--never seen so much attention paid to making a martini, or gracious assistance in...More
Difficult to find but excelent. Favorite with he locals. Great attention to detail in every drink. By far one of the best bars we have ever been. I urge you to give it a try. Four bartenders in the counter, that sits some 10-12 people....More
Escorted to the bar by our host in a nearby restaurant, we felt rather privileged... We were the only Westerners in the bar, on a busy weekend night. The bar, however, isn't stuffy or pretentious -- just exquisite and professional. Couldn't have asked for a...More
At a summer night in Kyoto, I was eager to drink a glass of tasty cocktail.
This bar is located in Shinbashi-dori street. It's close to Tatsumi Daimyojin shrine.
What a fantastic atmosphere this place produces!
After shutting the sliding door at the gate, you...More
I read about this spot from Anthony Bourdain's Japan travel book: Rice, Noodle, Fish and was excited to check out this geisha / geiko bar in the Gion district. We went early enough on a weeknight where we did not need reservations, but I can...More
This place is quite hidden, although really worth it! You can make a booking in advance. A typical Japanese whisky and cocktail bar with very high level of service. You can sit at the counter or at a table. The place accomodates a max of...More
Got a 3rd party recommendation to check this place out, Let's start with it's really difficult to find, there is a small sign next to a gate (on Shinbashi-Dori, not on Yamato-Oji or Shin Monzen) down a long narrow nice alley with manicured bushes. We...More
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.