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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 day trip planner .
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  • Some guide books would try and sell you on this as an area to go and find geishas and views of old Japan, but really it's a bit too compact and crowded to do that unless you picked the perfect time. W...  more »
  • Went there one night to find food. It is a long stretch of road that have a restaurant every step you take. From restaurant to bar, literally everywhere.  more »
  • The location in the narrow alleys lined with restaurants. You can even tourists back and forth safely, because Kyoto atmosphere day and night. Because there are many shops so expensive nowadays, where you will find into the shop stop I want to.
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