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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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  • Across from Gion-Shijo Ohashi, came to town. It is a street lined with a nice dining atmosphere is felt on both sides of the narrow street. I'm in, where we visited during the day, went for a stroll at night, each store a light burning in addition to the get.
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  • Pontocho going from Sanjou to Shijou this very historic narrow street is full of Kyoto style buildings with the odd ugly Concrete one is famous for drinking and eating since 100,s of years ago . Many ...  more »
  • The streets are relatively small and fit by just two people. The road is full of small Japanese restaurants with a terrace on the river page. You must be sure book if you want to eat. Very interesting and commendable.
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