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The Pontocho district of Kyoto is made famous by its abundance of dining outlets which offer delightful varieties of Japanese cuisine for visitors. One may also choose to frequent the traditional settings of its tea and geisha houses, fondly referred to as chaya by the locals. The fascinating art of tea ceremonies, geisha performances, and the gentle sound of the shamisen has long been embedded in Pontocho, dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Tourists who visit are no doubt looking for a feel of the old Japanese underground, as well as some authentic living history and food.

  • View the Statue of Izumo no Okuni, believed to be the founder of the kabuki theatre, located in Pontocho nearby the Kamo River.
  • Visit the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, located on the streets of Sanjo-dori; it operates as the practice hall for beautiful and traditional geisha performers in Kyoto.
  • Experience the Kamo River Dance held annually in Pontocho, a highlight being the performances by the geisha and maiko to usher the spring and cherry blossom season in Kyoto.

Kyoto does not have airports in its vicinity; it is instead served by two main airports in Osaka, the large city to the southwest. Pontocho can be reached by train at two stations, the Kawaramachi Station, which would require one to travel using the Hankyu line, as well as the Shijo Station, which is linked to the Keihan line. The other alternative to Pontocho would be to take a bus from Kyoto Station, specifically the 17 and 205, and get off at the Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop. Travelling by car can be costly as parking is expensive.

Hotels in Pontocho

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From US$104

1 Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

52,Kasaboko-cho,Aburanokoji,Higashi-iru,Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto-shi Map

Hotel Mystays Kyoto-Shijo provides friendly service and is an ideal accommodation choice for both business and leisure trip. Some of the city attractions include Nanzen-ji Temple, Kawai Kanjiro... More

Just OK
Small superior room, no wardrobe but just hangers on the wall. Hairdryer, humidifier, fridge, kettle, trouser press, safety box, extra pillows, fabric freshener, yukata, slippers and tea sachets...
10 Mar 2015
From US$74

2 Hotel Honnoji Kyoto

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

522 Shimohonnojimae-cho Teramachidorioikesagaru Map

Assuring comfortable accommodation and quality amenities, Hotel Honnoji Kyoto welcomes travellers for an unforgettable holiday in Japan. One of Kyoto's most popular attractions is Golden Pavilion,... More

Awesome holiday for the family
Great location and value for money. Almost center to everywhere we wanna go, from temples, to palaces, to shopping, by walking, trains or buses. As we were travelling with 2 children, not many...
2 Apr 2014
From US$157

3 The Westin Miyako Kyoto

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

Sanjyo Keage Higashiyama-ku Map

With spectacular views of the Japanese garden, The Westin Miyako Kyoto provides quality accommodation and professional services for an enjoyable vacation. Guests can explore the local attractions... More

Ok for us
Hotel is looking a little old and our view from a cheapy room over the former tennis court not great. It was a big room by J. standard and above all in August cool. Close to things we wanted and...
18 Aug 2015
From US$739

4 Hiiragiya Ryokan

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

277 Nakahakusan-cho, Fuyacho Anekoji-agaru, Nakakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Map

This historic inn has been under the ownership of the same family for 6 generations. Yasunari Kawabata, a Nobel laureate, considered this inn as his home away from home. Each room is uniquely... More

From US$563

5 The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

5 stars
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Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a luxury urban retreat with lavish accommodations and top-notch facilities within convenient distance of must-visit local attractions in this picturesque Japan city.... More

From US$80

6 Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

678 Omandokoro-cho, Karasuma-dori Bukkoji-kudaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Map

This hotel is located only a minute walk from Shijo Subway Station. Internet access with both LAN cable and Wi-Fi is free. Public PC set at lobby is also free to use. Each modern guestroom has wide... More

Awesome Kyoto Trip
Comfortable hotel and staff are very helpful and friendly.
1 Nov 2015
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7 Hotel Monterey Kyoto

3 stars
4.5 / 5 67 reviews

604 Manjyuya Cho, Karasuma San Jyo Minami Map

Free Wi-Fi

Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with a warm hospitality and unsurpassed service at the Monterey Hotel Kyoto. GeneralThe Monterey Hotel Kyoto offers excellent banquet facilities... More

The room was of a good size. The bed was huge
The hotel was a pickup point for our trip to Kyoto and Nara so was very convienent. Staff were friendly and able to speak English. Hotel was quiet. and spotless
26 Oct 2015
From US$122

8 Kyoto Royal Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

Sanjo-Agaru Kawaramachi Nakagyo-ku Map

Free Wi-Fi

Kyoto Royal Hotel and Spa invites discerning travellers to a stylish retreat set in the heart of the entertainment precinct in this bustling Honshu Island metropolitan. Guests at this plush Kyoto... More

Good location room for 4
The hotel is located close to 2 private railway lines (Keihan and Hankyu lines) and the Kyoto subway, within 5-15 minutes walking distance. This makes access to Osaka Itami airport and Osaka city...
11 Nov 2015
From US$96

9 Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

4 stars
4.0 / 5

361 Rokkaku-cho, Rokkaku-sagaru, Shinmachidori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Map

With modern accommodations and central location, Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei makes for an ideal base for corporate and leisure travellers in Kyoto, Japan. Patrons at this innovative... More

From US$150

10 Tazuru

4 stars
4.5 / 5

179-1 Minoya-cho, Kiyamachidori Matsubara-agaru, Map

Featuring modern Japanese-style accommodations set within close distance to public transportation Tazuru creates a strategic base for discerning travellers seeking to explore Kyoto with... More

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