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★ Twilight Pontocho, Kamogawa Riverside Dining

When you visit Kyoto in summers, you can't miss Twilight Pontocho!

Kyoto is famous for its hot, sticky summers and chilly winters. Because it's located in the inland basin. Kyoto is sometimes called the bottom of a pan!















Every year from May 1st to September 30th, many of the restaurants along the Kamo Riverbank open their wooden-deck patios.




On these patios, customers enjoy their meals with the breeze from the river. so that you can cool off during the hot Kyoto summer.

One of the good idea to cool down yourself is to enjoy the breeze from the Kamo River, Especially at night

Pontocho is a stone-paved narrow lane, lies between Sanjo-dori and Shijo-dori just along with Kamogawa river.



In the evening,
it shows real Kyoto atmosphere with many restaruants, bars and ryotei (exclusive Japanese restaurant).


In these really narrow path you can find various kinds of food restaurants including Sushi, Shabu Shabu,
Sukiyaki, Eel,
Traditional Kyoto Kaiseki,
Casual Izakaya
(Japanese-style Pub)

Beef, or even French!!







Some of these are ochaya, where geiko-san entertain guests.

So If you go to Pontocho in right time, you may glance beautiful appearance maiko and geiko-san.












A stroll down Pontocho can be enjoyable even without going inside an ochaya. The cobblestone street is beautiful.




today there are 90 yuka platforms.

Overlooking Kamo river on the platforms are perfect relaxation.

Enjoy river breezes and let yourselef go! The nighttime atmosphere of strolling people and traditional lantern light is very exotic.

Ponto-cho alley is between the bus stop of "Shijo-kawaramachi" and "Shijo-Keihan-mae", you will find the attractive veranda soon, stretched from each restaurant along the river. Those veranda is only from May to September.



There is a Pontocho Maiko and Geiko Theater near from this alley. You may come accross these amazing scene if you're lucky! :)





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"Must to Visit" Nijo castle, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Shijo Karasuma Shopping area, Kiyomizudera,Gion
"Must to Visit" <2nd Day> Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Bamboo Forest, Togetsu-bridge, Heianjingu shrine.
"Must to Visit" <3rd Day> Ginkakuji, Philosopher's Path, Nanzenji, Shorenin, Chion-in, Maruyama-Park
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Fushimi Inari & Nara area
Kyoto Tour by Bicycle!
What to do after Sunset
"Must to Visit" <4th Day> Kyoto Night Cruise (Yoru Bus) Bus Tour
Suberbs of Kyoto
Boat Tours down Hozu River
Boat Tour Movie
Kibune area, Kawadoko Kaiseki Cuisine on the River! (summer)
Takao area, Kawadoko Dinner with Maiko (spring and autumn)
Dinner Retaurants
Twilight Pontocho or Kamogawa Riverbank Dining (summer)Okonomiyaki (at Downtown)
● Okonomiyaki (at Kinkakuji area)
● Kobe Beef
Kyoto Sweets
Kyoto Famous Flavor, What is Matcha?
Kakigoori (Shaved Ice)
Souvenir Tips
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 1
Recommend Kyoto Souvenir Gallery 2
Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat)
Shichimi Spice
Astro Boy Museum
Japanese Wooden Doll, Kokeshi
Yukata
How to Wear Yukata
Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony Experience
Matcha (Powdered Green Tea) History
Meet Maiko
Winter Gion - Tea Party with Maiko only by One Coin!
Maiko Dance Performance Every Sundays
Meet and Chat with Maiko on Weekends & National HolidaysKawadoko Dinner with Maiko
Maiko Dancing Movie (Gion Higashi Kouta Music)
Onsen
Funaoka Onsen, Special Public Bath
Kurama Onsen, Houroku-yu
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Feb
Plum Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Mar
Higashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Kiyomizu Temple, Blue Dragon Dancing
May
Yabusame-Shinji (Archery on Horseback)
Aoi Festival Parade
Iris/Azalea Viewing
Aug
Bonfires, Daimonji Yaki Festival
Oct
Ancient Princess Parade (at Arashiyama)
Dec
Arashiyama Hana Touro Illumination
Spring Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Hirano Shrine
Daigoji Temple
Omuro Ninna-ji (World Heritage)
Winter Special
Public Viewing 2009 (Toji, Chionin etc...)
Night Light-Up
What is Autumn Colors
Shoren-in Temple Night Illumination
Cultures
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