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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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  • I loved walking down this narrow old street with many authentic architecturally built buildings with their wonderful tile roofs.  more »
  • We visited this street in the evening where the lit up lanterns were hanging from the restaurant fronts and there were a fair few people walking down this narrow street. There are different types of r...  more »
  • After all, it is a long, narrow, antique alley, so distinctive, where now all buildings are cafes and pubs for the evening. Impressive how commercial and maybe a little overrated.
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