You will notice the narrow, dark, and dubious alleyways when walking down Ponto-cho or Kiyamachi. It’s the alleyways that you can go in and out between Ponto-cho and Kiyamachi. Alleyways are called “roji” in Japanese, but in Kyoto, they are often called, “rooji”. At first glance, these alleyways seem suspicious and may make you hesitate whether to enter, but we recommend entering with some courage. Locals who love to drink gather night after night, because there are many fun bars in these alleyways. Upon entering one, you will most likely find a bartender and local patrons warmly welcoming any travelers. It’s truly an at-home atmosphere. There are several of these alleyways with a variety of bars. Out of all of the alleyways, we will focus on “13 Alley” where many popular bars are located, and we would like to recommend some of them to you.