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Pontocho district

Pontocho districtMap around PontochoPontocho is the one of the entertainment districts in Kyoto.
It is located just on the west side of Kamo River, and is between Sanjo Street and Shijo Street.
There is Gion district on the other side of the river.

This area is between Kamo River and Kitamachi Street, and a stone-paved narrow street runs from north to south.
The length is about 600 meters.

Many old Japanese restaurants and tea houses line along this street.
So this district has several Maiko and Geisha.
In the north part of this district, there is "Pontocho-Kaburenjo" theater.
From 1st to 24th of May, "Kamogawa Odori" is held in there. It is the gorgeous Japanese dance show along with "Miyako Odori" in Gion.

In this district, there are many common restaurants and bars.
So first guests can visit such places casually.
Especially the restaurants facing Kamo River set up makeshift terraces by the river from May to September.
It is called "Noryo-doko" (Cool floor) or "Kawa-doko" (River Floor), and the guest can enjoy their meals outdoors with seeing the scenery of the river.

How to get to here

By subway

Get off at Sanjo station on Tozai Line. About 5 minutes walk from there.




Street of Pontocho Old houses along the street
In the evening Noryo-doko along Kamo River
Pontocho-Kaburenjo
Kamogawa-Odori

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