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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Real romantic place for couples in the evening time. Lots of bars and restaurants alongside this small street. I find the actual prices highly overcharged though. Nevertheless the scenery is priceless...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Enters from Shijo-Dori entrance of the Ponto-Cho, Sanjo-Dori St. walk about 20 minutes. Narrow width of the road. It is when a rainy day 2 adult passes is quite challenging.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Runs parallel to the river and opposite the gion area so you can hit all three in one night. Cute photo opportunities along the narrow alley ways. Lots of bars and restaurants. I found the best bars a...  more »

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