Kiyamachi Street
Kiyamachi Street
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Neighbourhood: Pontocho
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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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Kiyamachi street runs along beautiful canal. It is very beautiful during the cherry blossoming (sakura), during other times you can enjoy plenty on nice restaurants and bars.
Written 9 October 2019
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Byngette
Woodstock, Canada4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This street is very nice and all lit up with lights in the evening. There are some restaurants on this street, but not much going on in the evenings after 8pm.
There are some bars open and we did find one farther down and off this street that served cold beer and played good country music! It wasnt on the actual street though. It's mostly a pretty place in the evenings to take pictures and go for a nice night stroll.
Written 15 September 2019
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emma
World434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
More on the modern side of kyoto. The street is full of restaurants and bars, it will be hard to choose.
Written 28 August 2019
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Philip Lim
Quezon City, Philippines200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Kiyamachi Street is quite lively at night. Parallel to Pontocho, a small stream runs beside it, allowing you to appreciate how clean Japan is. Lots of restaurants in this street also.
Written 19 July 2019
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lonsic
Phuket, Thailand372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We walked through this area. The whole place is mind blowing. Traditional style houses, lots of shops and boutiques and plenty of people. A must see area to get a flavor of old Japan. Wear comfortable shoes and there are some stairs to climb. We are in our 70’s and had no trouble walking. Lots of people wearing Kimonos add to the charm of the place. Don’t miss this area.
Written 31 May 2019
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ArnG
Manila, Philippines192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
The cherry blossom trees along the river are reminiscent of Tokyo's Meguro river. A good spot for sakura viewing.
Written 22 May 2019
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A simple stroll along this street when cherries are in flower is a great experience. Locals love it and stroll through this magical place while visitors are hushed in awe at its gentle charm. It is a great idea too to visit a close by restaurant and eat viewing out onto the blossom but you may need to book, it is very popular.
Written 4 May 2019
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Ricky S
Wagga Wagga, Australia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This was our preferred walking route to our hotel and to the city. Many restaurants and bars along the canal. Very pretty.
Written 27 April 2019
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ceetom1
California396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I actually went jogging along this street twice at night since it was so beautiful during cherry blossom season. South of Shijo-dori it gets less crowded with local residents coming home from work. North of Shijo-dori it gets more touristy, although the last night jogging i saw a geisha walking to work in both areas by chance. There are restaurants scattered along this street. The trees are lit up at night which really makes them stand out. I found myself stopping to take pictures a lot more than expected on both nights.
Written 27 April 2019
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PNG1970
Saint Louis, MO718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Lovely place to walk after dinner, lovely location and during the cherry blossom season just amazing, if you are lucky you might spot a geisha or two.
Written 22 April 2019
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