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Pontocho, Kyoto

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While in Kyoto, experience the lively atmosphere of Pontocho, a narrow street lined with traditional tea houses, restaurants, and bars. The tiny cobblestone passageway comes to life in the evenings, when colorful lanterns light up the doorways of the small wooden buildings. You’ll be spoiled for choice by the array of eateries and bars that line the street, ranging from affordable street food to exclusive establishments that require an invitation. Take in the dynamic atmosphere as you stroll the busy street, or sit back in a bar and people-watch; you might spot a geisha or two heading to one of the geek houses in the alley. Make Pontocho part of your personalized Kyoto itinerary using our Kyoto travel itinerary maker.
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  • Surprise there. What did I drink somewhere in the coolant. You might know in advance.
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  • This was a very busy area both by day and night. There are numerous nightclubs - many of which require a large fee to enter, with over enthusiastic door men. 
  • This place is a food and drinks haven as the entire street is restaurants after restaurants, pubs after pubs. The appeal for me is the traditional architecture and the way the whole place is given a m...  more »