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Pontocho

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Pontocho
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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 small narrow cobblestone street with various restaurants, bars and shops on either side of it. You'll have a hard time choosing but just enjoy this historical street in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small narrow cobblestone street with various restaurants, bars and shops on either side of it. You'll have a hard time choosing but just enjoy this historical street in the center of the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled onto pontocho by accident looking for a bar. It's a cute little street with nice looking restaurants, although I assume pricey! We found a cute little bar called Bar Miyama! We had a great evening trying the Kyoto craft beers and met some great people! Ken the owner was lovely too! It's worth going to pontocho at night... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunningly beautiful, very narrow little alleyway filled with restaurants/bars on both sides. The ones on one side of the alleyway have a view of the river. Visited during dinner time, there was so much choice, it was difficult to choose a place! Great atmosphere! Would love to visit it again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This district has very narrow streets full of small restaurants and is very characteristic, even if you don't want to stop by have a look, it is beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked back through here after walking along by the water lots of restaurants all seemed a bit pricey. So many choices hard to pick one without doing your research still a nice place to imagine how it would have been years before.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go to Pontocho one evening in order to try some local Japanese food and it didn't disappoint. The narrow lantern filled alley makes for a very atmospheric walk. We stopped at the end and had some amazing Yakitori. Will definitely go back when visiting Kyoto again.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to walk around the narrow street lined with plenty of restaurants, which understandably, are generally priced on the high side.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

i know ponto cho since 1976/ and i am still goi,g never get tired/ history/ food/ geisha/ old kyoto/ all in a narrow street only two floors houses, in kyoto style. wish to live here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This area comes alive in the evening and is full of bars and restaurants. It is well worth a visit. The area consists of Ponto-cho street and another street, Kiyamachi street, which runs parallel to it. It's full of interest - and the entrances to various establishments often depict the season beautifully. The Kano river also runs parallel to Ponto-cho... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Lots of restaurants, very quaint and picturesque. I can imagine this is what old Kyoto looked like. A lot of restaurants look like they are set up for tourists, so it might be good to do some research ahead of time.

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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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