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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.
"The bridge with statue of the female founder of the Kabuki male theater."
reviewed 1 week ago by VadimM67
The bridge connects the eponymous street and gion quarter. Because of this, more animated than neighbours. The statue of Perch, the servant of the sanctuary Izumo Taisha, the female founder of the Kabuki male theater stands at the bridge on the side of Gion.
It is an wonderful experience. The staff is very professional and friendly. The staff patiently guide us through the process of eating shabu shabu which make us appreciate the food better. The ingredient is very fresh and delicious.
A local from Kyoto took us here as it was one of her favorite places to go. They aren’t the most English friendly, so it is good to have an interpreter if you go. The udon was a first for me. The ingredients were fresh and the experience unique. After our friend explained how I didn’t like the communal part...
"Great sushi. I never eaten such a Tuna sushi, it melted in my mouth"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by YaelHaifaIsrael
We were two friends for a nice dinner. The restaurant was full we sat on the bar - just next to the sushi chef. One choose the sushi one by one - she had a nice sushi order. I asked for 10 combination according to the chef recommendation. This was amazing. One sushi was so tasty it melted in my...
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.
Good location with many restuarants and cafes nearby. Walking distance to 24hrs convenient store and train station. Room is very spacious and clean. Service staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely come back again or recommend to other friends.