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Pontocho Alley Tours

Pontocho Alley
Foodies who spend any time in Kyoto will want to dedicate at least one evening to Pontocho Alley, an incredibly atmospheric dining area packed with restaurants and exclusive tea houses lining a narrow, cobbled alley just west of the Kamo River.

Visitors from around Japan and the world come here for the open-air dining along the river and the opportunity to spot apprentice and master geishas scurrying to their appointments. While most of the tea houses are difficult to visit without a connection, visitors will find a range of restaurants — everything from inexpensive yakitori to modern Kyoto cuisine – to choose from in the evenings.

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Pontocho is rather quiet by day, so plan your visit for the evening hours to experience the alley at its best.
Address: Pontocho, Kyoto, Japan
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19 Tours and Activities to Experience Pontocho Alley

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Gion Private Tour: From Historic Geisha Teahouses To Pontocho Alley

Gion Private Tour: From Historic Geisha Teahouses To Pontocho Alley

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For outsiders, Japanese culture can be difficult to grasp but this guided tour offers the chance to get a locals' eye view of one of the most traditional of Japanese settings. Accompanied by a guide, stroll through the historic streets of Kyoto's Gion district, famed for its scenic cobbled streets lit by paper lanterns, traditional architecture, and association with geiko and maiko culture. Visit Pontocho alley, one of Japan's oldest nightlife areas, and stroll by geisha teahouses as your guide offers insights into local culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.71
Price varies by group size
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$79.71
Price varies by group size
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 Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

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Get an insiders' eye perspective on Kyoto on this walking tour that combines a food tour with anthropological insight. Wander through the city's streets and understand the nighttime entertainment scene, from geiko (geisha) to hostesses. Afterward, sample regional specialties accompanied by included drinks at standing bars/restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.00
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$104.00
Price varies by group size
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Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

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Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.28
Price varies by group size
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$106.28
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Kyoto Night Bar hopping tour in Nishiki and Pontocho

Kyoto Night Bar hopping tour in Nishiki and Pontocho

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Enjoy an action-packed evening in Kyoto learning about Japanese food and drink. You won’t have to worry about navigating or getting lost as a guide will lead the way. By traveling in a small group, you’ll have better access to your guide for questions. Explore Nishiki Market together, visit a secret bar, restaurants, and learn about Kyoto’s Geisha culture in Pontocho. You’ll enjoy food and drink tastings along the way, making it a fun and interactive experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.00
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$136.00
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Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

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Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto on this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, mochi and Japanese omelet. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour

Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour

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-Drink like a local! Bar hopping in the backstreets of Pontocho- To start this All-in-one bar hopping walking tour that Drinks & Foods are all included, our local guide will take you to an izakaya bar (a local tavern) on Pontocho street, one of the most well known night streets, full of local izakayas. We will be taking you to places only the locals know and recommend, making for a one and only experience! -Various drink and izakaya food tastings- We'll continue bar hopping walking around in the backstreets of Kyoto. You can try some authentic izakayas that serve yakitori or sashimi with crisp, cold draft beer. If you're a sake-lover, we will help you navigate through a sake standing bar that serves Kyoto-made sake. You can enjoy the night like a local! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.46
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$105.46
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.00
per group
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$157.00
per group
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

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Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.86
Price varies by group size
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$109.86
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Total Kyoto - Full Day Kyoto by Day and after Dusk Small Group Tour

Total Kyoto - Full Day Kyoto by Day and after Dusk Small Group Tour

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On this small group tour, you’ll save time researching Kyoto highlights by having a guide to show you top attractions (such as Tofukuji Temple), as well as hidden sites that locals love. You’ll cover a lot of ground, and see multiple districts, including Kyoto’s Geisha district—Gion. Kyoto comes to life at night with lantern-lit streets, so this tour makes sure you don’t miss out on that by having an ‘after dusk’ section too.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.14
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$181.14
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Kyoto Foodie Night Tour

Kyoto Foodie Night Tour

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- 7+ mouth-watering Kyoto-style Japanese food tastings, enough for a full dinner meal, served from locally-owned restaurants (Menu may vary every time based on the fresh ingredients at the market). - Two drinks as we taste local style dinner. You may also choose your drinks (Beer, sake & other drinks). Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. - Explore Kyoto, visiting popular spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy the unique scenes of Nishiki Market, Pontocho, and Kiyamachi.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.19
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$125.19
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

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Get a deeper experience of Kyoto food culture than would be possible on your own by joining this guided tour. Stroll through the districts of Gion and Pontocho, stopping in to small bars and restaurants to sample traditional drinks and food, as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.00
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$116.00
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Kyoto Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion with Fushimi Inari shrine

Kyoto Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion with Fushimi Inari shrine

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It can be hard to know where to go to get the best local food in a city as full of delicacies as Kyoto. Join a professional guide for a 3-hour tour of the Nishiki Market, Gion district and beautiful Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Visit "Kyoto’s kitchen," learning about the history of food and tasting unique dishes such as tofu skin, pickled vegetables, and sake. Your guide takes you through Gion to see historic landmarks, spot Geisha, and give you a glimpse of Japanese spirituality.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Local Food Tour with Expert Guide in Downtown Kyoto

Local Food Tour with Expert Guide in Downtown Kyoto

Explore Kyoto's hidden alleys and delicacies with a local guide. Many people assumes that Japan is famous for dishes such as Tempura, Teppanyaki and Sushi. However in Kyoto you will discover dishes that only the local's enjoy. These areas are very difficult to find at first-sight, but with the help of your local guide you too can become one of the locals. You will be able to spend time with the locals and taste the typical Kyoto delicacy at carefully chosen bistro and local bars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.79
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$112.79
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Kyoto Like a Local: Private BIKE Tour

Kyoto Like a Local: Private BIKE Tour

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What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Kyoto on two wheels!? Experience the joy of the city as you whiz around from Pontocho street to Gion Shinbashi. You’ll be surprised by how much you can see when you explore by bike. With narrow streets, trendy neighbourhoods, and historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the Imperian Palace and the Heian Jingu shrine, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Kyoto that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. Next is the iconic Demachi shopping arcade for a real sight into the local life, and the locals’ favorite, Pontocho street. Cycle alongside the Kamogawa river in a setting away from the Kyoto crowds. Finally, enjoy a ride through a bike path lined by lots of cherry trees and that it was named after one of Japan's most famous philosophers. Join now and find out more in the private tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.30
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$118.30
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Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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Visit ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto-- Nanzen-ji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Yasaka Shrine. Your guide shows you how to respectfully cleanse yourself and offer prayers before entering the sacred places. This small group tour includes information about each stop and history of the area going back 2,677 years. Lunch is included, and the tour ends with shopping and sake tasting in the Gion district, where you may see Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$390.58
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$390.58

Cycle Around Kyoto Hidden Gems & Gion NightWalk

Cycle Around Kyoto Hidden Gems & Gion NightWalk

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This is the best way to enjoy Kyoto hi-light with a bike view, avoiding the crowd. It's very family-friendly and highly recommended for first visiter and a short stayer in Kyoto. Kyoto is a very flat city and not big. We'll take you to many beautiful spots, temples, shrines, riverside road, university, hidden local gems, etc in Kyoto northeast cultural area through an uncrowded scenic route. The bike is very well maintained and comfortable. After the bike, you can enjoy a night walk in Gion scenic cultural area too. Our Guides are all Japanese local who live or lived in Kyoto and love Kyoto so much. After this tour, probable you'll feel Kyoto more familiar and fall in love. Mar & Apr are Nice flower season (Cherry blossom also!). May & Jun are lovely fresh green season. Summertime (Jul & Aug) is nice to hang around the river side with a ​bike. Oct & Nov are the amazing seasons with foliage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.10
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$65.10

Easy Pacing Kyoto Half Day Tour

Easy Pacing Kyoto Half Day Tour

If you are a casual tourist like me, and not interested in hustling between too many spots during your trip.Then this tour is exactly what you need! We focus on southern and eastern Kyoto. For starter, we visit Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, the most popular shrine in Kyoto well-known for thousands of magnificent Toriis. Then take subway to Higashiyama district,where you can expect to see many historic shrines and temples. We will take a nice walk around this well-preserved area to enjoy the tranquillity of old capital and learn the interesting stories behind it. Walking through famous Geisha street, Hanamikoji street, we end this tour at downtown Kyoto. Multiple choices of transportation for you to take, our local guides are more than happy to give you some advices for your travel plan later.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.87
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Authentic Kyoto foodie night with super host .Best for Day1

Authentic Kyoto foodie night with super host .Best for Day1

we will take you to local hidden places. you could try some local food that very common for local Japanese or Local Kyoto people but not well known for tourists. We won't try Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Tempura, Sushi, Ramen things but more interesting food at local store.  
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.12
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$82.12

Kyoto's inclusive walking tour with lunch

Kyoto's inclusive walking tour with lunch

This 1 day exclusive walking tour gives you general information of Kyoto city and Japanese cultures including Japanese customs, culture differences between some cities. You could try Real matcha tea at authentic Tea house in Kyoto This tour covers pretty much all touristic areas in Kyoto except Kinkakuji, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Kitano tenmangu. Kiyomizu Temple. We walk throught the city from South to East to West, We sometimes use Train to short cut some areas. Also We will have lunch at Local Restaurant
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.20
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