Pontocho District, Kyoto

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#3 of 7 in Neighborhoods in Kyoto
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While in Kyoto, experience the lively atmosphere of Pontocho District, 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 District part of your personalized Kyoto itinerary using our Kyoto day trip planner.
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  • Its this narrow long alley full of small bars and restaurants. Its so charming and remenicient of old Kyoto!  more »
  • I've walked Ponto-cho several times before but on this visit was the first time I did at properly at night and it was like a different world. Feels like the Japan of old and a place where you can...  more »
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