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Address: Ponto-cho, Nakagyo-ku | BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks
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RAGE|Rave.view NAME: Pontocho LOCATION: Kyoto, Japan TIME OF YEAR: March 13 RATING: 4/5 PRICE: Included with tour RESERVATION: n/a QUALITY: Quaint and... read more

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RAGE|Rave.view NAME: Pontocho LOCATION: Kyoto, Japan TIME OF YEAR: March 13 RATING: 4/5 PRICE: Included with tour RESERVATION: n/a QUALITY: Quaint and traditional LENGTH: 1 evening RAVE: Green Tea Kit Kats RAGE: Green Tea Kit Kats LOWDOWN: This was part of our week long Golden Route Cherry Blossom tour with All Japan Tours. Pontocho is a quaint town with cobblestone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes it was very romantic and enchanting walking around these streets on misty nights. Lots of small restaurants with a diverse mix of cuisines.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pontocho has a great selection of small bars and places to eat along a series of small alleyways. It was quite lively even on a Tuesday night - although has a little bit of a seedy element to it but was good for a night out.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a clear night, thee is no place better than to stroll around then through Pontocho. People sitting out on decks overlooking the lovely river, all the beautiful lanterns lighting the way. It gets very crowded in Spring and Summer, so you need to be patient. It is not the cheapest place to eat, but you will find a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pontocho is a MUST see because it's so unique. The streets are narrow and quaint, with an endless amount of restaurants lining them. You have to eat somewhere on this street at least once while visiting Kyoto.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very busy area both by day and night. There are numerous nightclubs - many of which require a large fee to enter, with over enthusiastic door men.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a food and drinks haven as the entire street is restaurants after restaurants, pubs after pubs. The appeal for me is the traditional architecture and the way the whole place is given a modern interpretation. Unfortunately we had our dinner before arriving here.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a few times, different restaurant each time. There are so many to choose from, quite a few have English menus. It has a nice atmosphere too, quiet but brimming with energy.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During the day, its not even worth the visit. in the evening, walk around, but its a place with many tourist spots and nothing so great

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is another lovely traditional area of Kyoto which is alive a night with all the restaurants and little narrow streets to wander through. Definitely worth mingling in and around this district.

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Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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