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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks
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A stroll in the evening

Just across the bridge from the gion area, and still have a lot of ambience, more calm and very nice. Full with bars, restaurants for locals and for tourists.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just across the bridge from the gion area, and still have a lot of ambience, more calm and very nice. Full with bars, restaurants for locals and for tourists.

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Almeria, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

But don't eat there, all restaurant are charging extra cover charge so your meal will end up more expensive then you have planed. If you are lucky, you might see one or two maiko walking on the street. But the best spot to see them is close to Gion corner where they are doing shows.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of food outlet. I had a Keiseki, a dinner course Japanese menu, beautifully served. The apprearance of the food is good and the taste is good as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didnt even realise I was on pontocho alley until I opened up my Google map. It's pretty easy to stumble upon it. It's good place for night activity if your looking for a drink.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just off the Shijo Street is Pontocho Street. It is a long narrow alley lined with red lanterns and their corresponding restaurants. Spend the evening in search of a certain food craving and you are sure to find it somewhere down the path.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dead by day but alive by night. We came here both during the day and night and nothing seemed to be opened for lunch at all. However at night this is a totally different scene. It is so alive with people, noise, smells and wonderful lights. Just parallel to the big river.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only thing I didn't really like about Ponto-cho was that the restaurants were mostly pubs or only open at night. It would have been nice to be able to eat lunch at one of the places, looking out over the river. Other than that, it is cute, narrow and busy. If you are in the area, definitely give it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered Pontocho on our first day in Kyoto. It is one of the prettiest places. Hundreds of small restaurants and interesting ones at that. Some with set courses, some with no english menu. we took almost an hour deciding where to eat after having walked the whole stretch. each one had something different on offer. A beautiful walk along... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know this was a tourist attraction, I just stumbled upon it when I was looking for dinner one night. To be honest, it was my least favorite place in Kyoto. It was very narrow and crowded, seemed a little sketchy, and smelled strongly of fish. There were many signs pointing down adjacent alleys for strip clubs. It does... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You simply must go here...many excellent restaurants (small) with fantastic selection of foods. we has sukiyaki which was excellent and reasonably priced - you'd struggle to find something here you DONT like.

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Pontocho
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 atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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