Atmospheric and romantic, the historical Pontocho and Gion areas of Kyoto are the most beautiful at night. Pontocho Alley is a gorgeous area for a late-night walk, with warm lights splashing out onto the cobbled streets and traditional shops and restaurants lining the walkway. Strolling along this peaceful alley feels like stepping back in time, with not a car to be seen! Meanwhile, Gion Shirakawa, a popular cherry blossom viewing site in April, surrounds the Shirakawa River which extends from the Heian Shrine to northern Gion. A little off the beaten path, Kyoto’s Shirakawa Dori (Shirakawa Street) is a historic street in Gion with restaurants and shops that overlook the canal. This Evening in Kyoto Pontocho Food Tour is a relaxing getaway from the crowded touristy areas of Kyoto, with an abundance of little shops and traditional restaurants to explore!
The Evening in Kyoto Pontocho Food Tour will show you around, giving you insights into local Kyo Ryori (Kyoto cuisine) which is notable for its use of fresh seasonal ingredients and beautiful presentation. Sumi Yakiniku is one such dish to indulge in. Sizzling, juicy meats and seafood are perfectly charcoal-grilled for that lovely smoky flavor. Top this off with some Japanese Sake (Nihonshu) at a nearby sake tasting shop (guests under the age of 20 can enjoy non-alcoholic plum soda at this stop). Then, have a handmade traditional noodle dish at a charming local noodle shop. This evening will show you those off-the-beaten-path restaurants and shops so you can experience the traditional charms of Kyoto Pontocho like a local.
Insights from a local English speaking guide
4 food and drink stops, with several local and seasonal dishes
Sumi yakitori (charcoal-grilled skewers)
Nihonshu (Japanese Sake) tasting or Ume plum soda tasting at a standing bar
A traditional handmade noodle dish
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting location is in front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori.
The food tour starts strictly on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given.
There’s a strict rule that only a person 20 years of age may drink alcohol.