Kiyamachi Street

Kiyamachi Street, Kyoto: Address, Kiyamachi Street Reviews: 4/5

Kiyamachi Street
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Neighborhood: 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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ArnG
Manila, Philippines190 contributions
Family
The cherry blossom trees along the river are reminiscent of Tokyo's Meguro river. A good spot for sakura viewing.
Written May 22, 2019
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Amy B
London, UK2,494 contributions
Friends
This street is an absolute hub during sakura and you can see why- in full bloom the blossom tress which line the stream are really something to behold. There are also lots of bars and restaurants down this lively avenue, so it's a good place to go in the evening.
Written January 21, 2018
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Lucas
London, UK8 contributions
Great street with a lot of bar for people to go out! Had good fun with locals and foreigners that were really friendly! Recommended for all young people looking to enjoy Kyoto by night!
Written April 19, 2014
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dianne m
Melbourne, Australia192 contributions
Friends
stumbled across this lovely area nice to just wander and take photos. lovely buildings and a few cranes nesting in the trees
Written January 13, 2019
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SurfingWild
Bandung, Indonesia39,853 contributions
Solo
Kiyamachi Street is a long narrow street that runs alongside a canal lined with cherry blossom trees and cafes and restaurants with little bridges every so often. It has a lovely tranquil feel and great for going for a stroll. I actually only experienced a short distance of the street due to time constraints but I would definitely want to walk the length of the entire street during my next visit to Kyoto, preferably during sakura season in Spring.

The street can be accessed from along the Kamo River or from Shijo Dori as I did near the Kawaramachi - Shijo intersection beside the McDonalds restaurant.

Bring a camera as this is really a very interesting place with lots of quaint buildings and cafes and photo opportunities.
Written January 12, 2019
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blackmaxx
Denver, CO61 contributions
Solo
This street is a delight to walk any time of the year. One side follows a canal and is pleasant to walk any time of the year. Cherry blossom season in March and April is especially beautiful with sprays of blossoms just overhead. This is a great area for photos. The other side of Kiyamachi is lined with coffee shops, bars, and small restaurants, and just as interesting at night as the other side is in the daytime.
Written October 11, 2018
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Don P
Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
Couples
Great walk along the small canal, with many bridges so you can cross back and forth to get a close view of restaurants and shops on both sides. When the blossoms are going its really magical. Lots of people and restaurants but not as crowded as Pontocho and with more room to move around.
Written April 11, 2016
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,551 contributions
Couples
Really nice street to wander down by the riverside superb at night when lot by the any restaurants there which seem to open nearly all day
Written October 28, 2015
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Tender A
Kobe, Japan37 contributions
Couples
Kiyamachi is the main drag for restaurants and bars in Kyoto. Its located along side of a beautiful river . Many of its restaurants and bars over look the riverside. . Its got a little something for everyone. Romantic spots. casual dining . fast food . traditional japanese restaurants , posh little bars to more casual sports bars and night clubs for young people. Its pretty active all night long for those so inclined and the best part about it is everything is with in walking distances from each other . The hotel we stayed at was about a 10 minute walk from Kiyamachi dori .Which made it convenient to drag our drunk selves back to the hotel without the hassle of finding a taxi . The river bank is also a popular place for people to have a few cans ,chill and hang out . Public bathrooms are available as well which is uncommon in Japan . Its such a beautiful city and easily my favorite night life spot in Japan . its also amazing in the day too.
Written August 11, 2015
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
Kiyamachi street runs along beautiful canal. It is very beautiful during the cherry blossoming (sakura), during other times you can enjoy plenty on nice restaurants and bars.
Written October 9, 2019
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