Master Kyoto and enjoy a magical night in Pontocho
Securing a spot as one of the foremost sightseeing destinations in downtown Kyoto, Pontocho is a charming wee street teeming with the feeling of ancient Kyoto.
This alleyway-like street is sure to have you enjoying a magical time and is the perfect spot for late-night walks and Nomi-aruki bar hopping.
If you’re in Kyoto, then Pontocho is definitely worth a visit at least once.
As you make your way down Pontocho, you’ll notice the plethora of restaurants and other eaters. Of course, many of these are places loved by locals, but in recent years there has been an increase in modern restaurants and bars that utilize and reform the old architecture of the Machiya townhouses. Pontocho is also home to many casual Izakaya pubs and places kindly displaying English menus outside their stores. This street is truly a combination of long-held traditions and modern styles.
Enjoy summer nights in Kyoto among the streaming lights of the paper lanterns and smells of the restaurants and bars that line this magical street.
Below we will introduce you to three of the Sharing Kyoto team’s most recommended bars in Pontocho.
Each cocktail is served in glasses by Kyoto born glass maker Genta Suzuki.
When you want to take a break from exploring Pontocho, we highly recommend making your way to BAR Sand.
Hello Dolly’s season fruit cocktails are exquisite and the perfect drink for those wanting to get a taste of summer.
Summer nights and Pontocho are made for each other. First enjoy walking down the street, stopping and looking at any places or alleyways that catch your eye, and just enjoy the breeze of a summer's night while you take in all the uniqueness Pontocho has to offer. It's truly a waste in Pontocho to head straight to your destination without looking around properly, so make sure to take your time and look around. Once you've arrived at your destination, every drink you enjoy will be packed with the culture, atmosphere, and history of Kyoto, while still being different from the next.