Kyoto, Japan



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.

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