Japan -03/31/- 04/08/2017

Kyoto-Arrival-4/54/2017

Pontocho and Gion at night

Pontocho is an old entertainment district in Kyoto packed with traditional restaurants, bars and a few of city's elusive Geisha tea houses.

 The Pontocho district is centered around a narrow alley that stretches the length of about 6 city blocks along the Kamo River and is one of the most popular night-out destinations among tourists and locals alike. Pontocho only comes to life after the sky grows dark.  It's a good place for a stroll, particularly in early evening as the night begins ands darkness set it, lights are strategicly placed, illuminating the area into a magical sight.

We came at the right time for cherry blossoms.  The cherries are in full bloom and it is such a pretty sight.

Pontocho Alley, which runs parallel to the west bank of the Kamo-gawa River between Sanjo and Shijo is considered by many Kyoto residents and visitors to be the most beautiful street in the city.

Exclusive restaurants lining the Kamo-gawa River.

Really gorgeous view!

How gorgeous is this view?

Cherry tree full of blossoms!

 

 

 

 

A Japanese restaurant in the area...

Gion

Gion is a district in Kyoto that feels untouched by time! It has the feel and look of a small traditional Japanese town in the bygone era.   The best time to visit is in the evening when you might be able to encounter a Geisha and Maiko (trainee Geisha) walking to and from tea houses and restaurants to entertain their guests.

Hanamikōjidōri, the main street that passes through the center of Gion.

 

Colorful lanterns.

Small alley with a restaurant a the end.

 

 We were lucky enough to see a Geisha walking the paved streets to her next job. Geisha and Maiko entertain guests with traditional music, dance and conversation.

Next...Nara (coming soon)

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