Pontochō

Local name先斗町
LocationNakagyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Ponto-chō is a Hanamachi district, which literally translates as "flower town." This name is a Japanese way of saying that there are geisha houses to be found in a district. There are also plenty of traditional Japanese tea houses.

In this district, dating back to the 16th century, it feels the time has stood still since the beginning of the 20th century. Empty and quiet during the day, its streets start bustling with life after sundown. You can still pass traditionally clad geisha or a maiko (geisha in training) here.

The closest public transport stations are the Shijo Kawaramachi Station for buses and the Kawaramachi Station or Shijo Station for trains.

Tags Cultural DistrictTea HouseJapanese CultureGeisha Houses
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Opening hours

The opening hours are usually from 5 pm to 11 pm but vary by the establishment.

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponto-chō

Official Website https://www.ponto-chou.com/

Address (Unnamed Road), Kyoto, Japan

Coordinates 35°0'15.284" N 135°46'16.365" E

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