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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 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.
While the bridge isn't amazing itself, the walkways on the banks of the river are very nice. A lot of people go and sit near the water to just relax and on a day where the weather permits, it's a nice break from everything else. I enjoyed seeing people in everyday life running along the trail, people fishing and just...
Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本竜馬, January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a Japanese prominent figure in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate. He was active for most of the Bakumatsu.
One of his most noted accomplishments during this period was the negotiation of peace between Chōshū (present day Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Satsuma (present day Kagoshima Prefecture), two powerful provinces...
A great place to stop, have a whisky at a decent price. Be sure to check out the great selection of vintage and very high end pours! Really friendly bartender who seems to know his stuff. Ask for a pour from the barrel.
Tried 5 beef places in Kyoto and can say Yamakawa's platter (6700yen) is as good as a 26000yen in another place. The chuck roll had ridiculous level of marbling - one of the best meat I've ever had.
Several foreigners next to us exclaimed how amazing the meat was for them too.
We went to many amazing restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto and this place was our favorite. We even went twice.
The owners were there both nights; they're sisters who speak English very well. Their service was truly exceptional. They were extremely generous and helpful with everything. If I lived here I'd definitely be one of their regulars.
I would recommend...
A fabulous hotel in a great location, the staff were very helpful. Breakfast was great with lots to choose from. The hotel bar was fantastic,especially the happy hour. The bar staff were amazing. Well worth a visit and will certainly recommend to my friends
Our ryokan was in a handy location we walked to most things. It was clean and spacious. The wifi was very handy to have so we could plan our next days activities. It was lovely to have your own garden to look out on... this would be very pretty in spring.
This hotel probably used to be a love hotel - which means the rooms are bigger than most rooms in Kyoto. For the price I paid I got a much bigger room than I would normally get in some of the business hotels around the city center. Location is very central. Hotel services are quite limited, and I don't think...
Everything about this hotel is quite satisfactory. It's clean, beds are alright, staff understand English and are pleasant. There's a 24/7 shop in the same building, which is incredibly convenient. The location is central, yet quiet.
The design takes you back to the '70s.
Overall tidy, neat & alright. No particular charm.