Gion and Pontocho, Kyoto

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  • Gion and Pontocho
    by caravaggio
  • An eclectic music group near Ponto Cho
    An eclectic music group near Ponto Cho
    by BorderHopper
  • A night scen along Kiyamachi-dori
    A night scen along Kiyamachi-dori
    by BorderHopper
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    Gion Center: Japanese cultural extraganza at night

    by SLLiew Written Aug 23, 2006

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    At night when the temples are closed, in Kyoto, one activity to do is to watch the Cultural Show of geishas and maikos, short displays of introduction Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku, puppet show, comedy, story telling and the tea ceremony. It is a all-in-one introduction of Japanese high culture which is worth seeing at least once. You can also take a lot of photos of each cultural ceremony but you will not be invited to dance with the geishas and maikos.

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    GION AREA: A SCENE FROM TOKYO IN KYOTO

    by caravaggio Written Jul 28, 2006

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    If you get bored from the Kyoto's calmness it has also serves you a street just like in Tokyo. You will find many shopping centers around this area..also you can easily find the bars just behind the fashion bazaar.

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    Gion and Pontocho-dori: Geisha spotting in Kyoto.

    by worldkiwi Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    A stroll along Pontocho-dori or through Gion's back streets in the late evening, provides wonderful people watching opportunities. Spotting Geisha or Maiko becomes rather addictive and trying to photograph them as they rush imperiously to appointments is a challenge. The chauffeured cars with tinted windows and seemingly endless stream of taxis through Gion hint at a mysterious and intriguing world of activity, light-years from the average westerner's comprehension.

    Geisha or Maiko rushing through Gion
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    An Evening Stroll through Ponto Cho & Gion

    by BorderHopper Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Since we were travelling with our toddler son we didn't visit the traditional bars and clubs that can be foubd all around Ponto Cho and the Gion. A nice alternative is to do some people watching during a long walk from the Gion, across the Kawagama River, through Ponto Cho, and into the "Floating World" of Kiyamachi-dori.

    A night scen along Kiyamachi-dori

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    The area around Ponto Cho: Ponto Cho street musicians

    by BorderHopper Written Jan 9, 2005

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    You don't have to go into one of the local clubs to kick back and enjoy the nightlife of Kyoto. Head over to Ponto Cho and check out the various street musicians who usually congregate around the underground train exits.

    An eclectic music group near Ponto Cho

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    Ponto-cho: Kyoto

    by Pichayada Updated Dec 11, 2004

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    Ponto-cho is a famous narrow street, located between Kamogawa (gawa=river) and Kiyamachi street. Many restaurants and night clubs here. I went there with a Japanese friend, Rumi, and her dad on her Ph.D ceremony. We had a Kyoto style dinner at Ponto-Cho. The resturant allowed us to see the Kamogawa view at night. Food also was delicious. Sake tasted perfect. I could not remember the name of the restuarant but it just located about a few resturants if you enter Ponto-cho from Sanjo station side. After that we went in Russian bar, I and Rumi tried russian beer for the first time. Taste was Excellent!!

    Dress Code: Normal dress.

    Russian bar on right habd side

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    Gion Area: Gion Area

    by bkoon Written May 31, 2004

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    The Gion Area is a nice place where one can see well-restored traditional Japanese architecture. Most of them are restaurants now. Nevertheless, their decor and traditional feel still attracted my attention to take a close look at them.

    Gion Area

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    Gion Area: Narrow Streets of Gion

    by bkoon Written May 31, 2004

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    The narrow streets of Gion is pretty interesting. My guess is that this is the red light district which I took a picture off. It is because I saw a lot of pimps trying to get people to patronise teir joint.

    Narrow Streets

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  • Pontocho: Fun nighttime stroll

    by shenandoah Written Nov 18, 2002

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    Pontocho is a narrow (about a meter wide) little alley that runs between Shijo and Sanjo near the river, and it is full of fascinating little bars, restaurants and yakitori joints for every budget. If you're a photographer, you may enjoy taking pictures of the great doorways and lanterns. Stop and enjoy the food, too!

    Dress Code: You'll see some people quite dressed up, but you can generally judge by the doorway about each individual establishment.

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    Gion: Gion Area.

    by A2002 Updated Oct 9, 2002

    Go to Gion area and have a walk to enjoy the vibrant night life in Kyoto. Not as vibrant as what I saw in Kobe, but not too bad.
    There are many restaurants for dinner too. We went into a restaurant that is quite crowded with fantastic atmosphere. We ate something like tempura with salad. The sauce is quite special with sesame seeds. yummy.... Special sauce for the salad too.

    Interesting dinner with lotsa sauces.
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    Gion Corner Traditional...

    by Andrei222 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Gion Corner Traditional Japanese Arts Theatre is a bit expensive at 2800 yen ($27) but worth the price if you are interested in the culture of this country.
    Included in the performances are tea ceremony, women playing the koto (Japanese 'harp'), geisha moving with rhythms of Kyomai (Kyoto style dance). Flash photos are allowed.

    Dress Code: As in most public places, being dressed up is preferred.

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    Restaurant: Unique Architecture - Gion

    by bkoon Written May 31, 2004

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    This is a restaurant and we thought its design was pretty unique. So, we decided to take a shot of it.

    Nice shopfront at Gion

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    Gion and Oter Areas: Evening Stroll

    by bkoon Written May 31, 2004

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    I will be populating some pictures of the night scenes you will see when you are in Kyoto. It is interesting to observe the nightlife.

    Bridge Linking Gion and Karawamachi

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    Geon: It's huge!!

    by musicinme Written Jan 28, 2004

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    Geon area is full of excitement at evening.
    You can find many bars, restaurants, and shoping area there and it's big enough to spend all your night time there.

    Riverside restaurants in Geon
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    Maiko

    by tompt Written Oct 31, 2002

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    Something completely different:
    Gion is the area to see geisha and maiko. Try to be there in the early evening when they go to their appointments.

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