Ponto-chō (先斗町) is a hanamachi district in Kyoto, Japan, known for its geisha and maiko, and is home to many of the city's okiya and traditional tea houses. Like Gion, Ponto-chō is famous for the preservation of forms of traditional architecture and entertainment.
The name "Ponto-chō" is said to be a portmanteau of the Portuguese word "ponte" (bridge) and the Japanese word "-chō", meaning town, block or street.
Jeremy Chan | Mar 15, 2018
This is really cool. All the restaurants, a long line of restaurants in an alley, next to the river. Although the pics are in the late afternoon, so I did not get to visit and try any of the restaurants, but surely would have loved to try. Spoilt for choices. And after dinner, a romantic stroll by the river.
Alexander Adkins | Mar 20, 2018
Amazing place - loads of lovely little cafe's and bars. If you are lucky you may spot a Geisha - if you do please be respectful and don't chace them for pictures as we saw some other tourists do!
Roi Maishar | Apr 8, 2018
All-restaurant alley. Not very diversed. Not cheap. Has a nice charm.
Vincent Ong | Mar 16, 2018
Lots of food choices here. A little dark but it adds to the ambiance. Most of the restaurants are pricey for the average person but maybe reasonable for thr experience.
Stephen Matthews | Dec 2, 2017
One of the best areas in Kyoto. This is a must visit location at night time, explore not only the alley, but the river beside it and the neighborhood all around. There are a ton of restaurants to choose from, but my recommendation is anyone serving Kyo-ryori style food.
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