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Kyoto's nightlife is here to enjoy! 7 representative areas of downtown Kyoto

Kyoto's nightlife is here to enjoy! 7 representative areas of downtown Kyoto

2021-06-17 Management office

If you have come to Kyoto, you want to enjoy the nightlife! For those who say, "If I come to Kyoto, I want to enjoy the nightlife," here are some downtown areas with many stores where you can have fun even at night. There are four shopping districts in Kawaramachi, and together with streets such as Gion and Ponto-cho, there are seven major shopping districts.
You can also pass by maiko (apprentice geisha) and hear tea ceremony performances, which are unique to Kyoto. If you would like to visit Kyoto at night, please go out to Kyoto at night as well.

Shijo Kawaramachi

It is the largest downtown area, and when people talk about Kawaramachi, they refer to this area.
Within that area, it is divided into four areas, each with its own unique character. Kawaramachi itself is a very large area, so it seems to have naturally been divided into four areas. First, let me explain the four areas. The areas are divided by intersections, so you can just get a general sense of what these areas are like. They are within 1.2 km at the longest, so they are not that far apart.

[Kyoto ]7 restaurants for nightlife in Kawaramachi and Karasuma area!

Urumaru Sanjo

It refers to the area where Torimaru-dori and Sanjo-dori intersect. It is located a short distance from Torimaru-Oike and other areas on the Shijo side of the street. There is a road that cars can pass through on both streets, making it easy to enter the area. There are many restaurants and stores, and it is easy to enter. All the restaurants are relatively easy to enter and inexpensive, so this area is probably the best place to eat.

Karasuma DUE

Featuring an Italian teppan bar and a choice of wines that make you feel like a sommelier, this restaurant offers a casual Italian dining experience.
There are many dishes that make your body happy, such as natural vegetables brought in from contract farmers and dishes using teppan grill, which you can enjoy with carefully selected wines. We hope you will try our special Italian cuisine unique to Kyoto.

"Store Information "
Name: Karasuma DUE
Address: 1F Building, Buntsubaki Building, 79 Mikura-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8166, Japan
Phone number: 075-213-3922
Hours: (Lunch) 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Evening) 6 p.m. - midnight Saturday 6 p.m. - midnight
Closed: Sunday
Budget: 2,000 yen to 5,000 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space & Facilities: You can enjoy Italian cuisine using carefully selected natural vegetables directly from contract farmers.
URL: https://www.karasuma-due.com/

Kawabata Shijo

It refers to the corner area where Shijo Ohashi and Shijo Dori are located.
This is the area around the intersection of Kamo River and Shijo Street. Starting with kawadoko, this area is lively at night. Since kawadoko is mainly for cooking, many restaurants are open until late at night, so if you are in need of a late-night meal, this is the place to go. This is an area where you can enjoy eating and drinking.

Night parfait specialty store NORD°

This parfait specialty restaurant is open only at night. The temptation of a parfait to finish off a night of drinking awaits you. The parfait is so good that you can eat it in a single bite. It is the devil's temptation!
But I want to try it, and I want to be filled to the brim with satisfaction. Can you resist this temptation?

"Store Information "
Name: Night Parfait Specialty Store NORD° (Night Parfait Specialty Store)
Address: 239-1 Ichinomachi, Shijo Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8018, Japan
Phone number: 075-744-1271
Hours: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space and Facilities: A parfait specialty restaurant open only at night, where you can enjoy a delicious parfait after drinking.
URL: https://www.instagram.com/nordkyoto/

Kawabata Sanjo

Kawabata Sanjo is also the birthplace of Ekiden. This area refers to the intersection of the Sanjo Ohashi Bridge and the Kamo River.
Stores are lined up along the Kamo River, and the stores along the Kamo River are crowded with kawadoko, restaurants where people can eat on terraces along the river, making the area lively even at night. There are menus for eating on the kawayuka, and even in Kyoto, taking a seat on a kawayuka is something a little special.


It is the hottest club in Kyoto right now.
Events unfold every weekend, and the nightly all-mixes are the main attraction every day. The sound is also very particular, and you can enjoy the best music in the best space.
It has become a popular spot for young people who are particular about music.

"Store Information "
Address: 3F-4F FS Kiyamachi Bldg. 179 Zaimoku-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8017, Japan
Phone number: 075-255-0421
Hours: 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until 5:00 p.m.
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space & Facilities: You can enjoy the best music and space in the hottest club in Kyoto. Even those who are particular about music will be satisfied.
URL: https://kitsune-kyoto.com/


It is a shinkyogoku shopping street, a street for young people.
There are also movie theaters, a drugstore open late at night, and body piercing stores. Shinkyogoku is also positioned as a downtown area, as it is just a short walk to the downtown area.


You can enjoy meat and wine at this restaurant where you can enjoy a wood fire lit in the kiln and wine.
It is a perfect place for a date, as it has the feel of a hideout and is a restaurant for adults. It is also a restaurant that is easy to go to alone. It is a restaurant with a sommelier who can satisfy those who are particular about wine.
We invite you to experience the marriage created from meat and wine.

"Store Information "
Name: Kiln
Address: 194 Funato-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8019
Phone number: 050-5461-0954
Hours: (Lunch) 12:00 - 15:00 (Evening) 18:00 - midnight
Closed: Wednesday
Budget: 4,000-6,000 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space & Facilities: Italian restaurant with sommelier serving the best food and wine.
URL: https://retty.me/area/PRE26/ARE108/SUB10802/100000785065/

Kiyamachi Street

Kiyamachi-dori is a back street of the downtown area. It is a street along the Takase River and has many stores where young people can play. Although there are many brothels as you go south, it is a normal downtown area until you enter the south side of the street.
Small stores typical of Kyoto line the back alleys, etc., and many of them are fashionable machiya-style stores. You may be able to find a store to your liking as you stroll around.


It is a big club representing Kyoto.
There are 5 ROOMs and 7 Bars, each with its own theme, for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a music lover or a party animal, you are sure to find a place to suit your taste.

"Store Information "
Address: BF Immergeam Building, 97 Shinmachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8001, Japan
Phone number: 075-213-4119
Hours: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Closed: Monday
Budget: 1,000 to 3,000 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space and Facilities: You can play until morning in this big club consisting of 12 floors in total.
URL: http://world-kyoto.com/


Ponto-cho is one of the towns where you can play with tea.
The streets themselves are atmospheric, and with Ponto-cho and the Kabuki Dance Theater, it is one of the best places to stroll when in Kyoto.
Of course, there are many stores, and you can see a rather mature Kyoto. It is also a unique experience to pass by maiko (apprentice geisha) on occasion.

Pontocho Masuda

It is a restaurant where you can eat Kyoto's obanzai with elegance.
After enjoying a stroll in Ponto-cho, you can eat Obanzai with the atmosphere of Kyoto intact. Of course, you can drink sake together!

"Store Information "
Name: Pontocho Masuda
Address: 〒604-8016 200 Shimogioki-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-221-6816
Hours of operation: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
Budget: 8,000-9,999 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space and Facilities: You can eat obanzai in the same atmosphere of Pontocho where you can play with tea.


Gion, a town for adults, is not only a flower town for tea ceremony and tatami room entertainment, but also a place of restaurants and clubs, all of which can be called upscale.
It is a sightseeing spot with many attractions such as the Gion shopping street, Hanamikoji and Yasaka Shrine. Although it is difficult to play tea ceremony here because it is not open to first-time visitors, you can experience the atmosphere just by walking around the town.

Peek a boo Cafe

Authentic Italian cuisine is available in Gion.
There is also a wide selection of fruit cocktails and whiskeys, and since it is open until 4:00 in the morning, it is a great place to stop by for a bite to eat after a stroll through Gion. The menu also features popular items such as beef cutlet sandwiches, which are available in limited quantities.
The seasonal fruit cocktails are impeccably tantalizing.

"Store Information "
Name: Peek a boo Cafe
Address: Gion Sun Building, 139-2 Tominaga-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0078, Japan
Phone number: 050-5304-8702
Hours of operation: 7:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m.
Closed: Sunday
Budget: 3,000-3,999 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space & Facilities: Authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Gion.
URL: https://retty.me/area/PRE26/ARE112/SUB11201/100001292251/


Even in the same downtown area of Kyoto, the image is different from that of Ponto-cho and Gion, where maiko (apprentice geisha) pass through.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Kyoto's cityscape combined with the downtown area and the nightlife Kyoto has to offer. I think it is interesting that all of the restaurants have a strong Kyoto atmosphere!

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