Guided tour

Kyoto : 3-Hour Bar Hopping Tour in Pontocho Alley at Night

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4 reviews

Activity provider: MagicalTrip
Guided tour

Kyoto : 3-Hour Bar Hopping Tour in Pontocho Alley at Night

Activity provider: MagicalTrip
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From US$ 105.43 per person

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Pontocho Alley on this 3-hour bar hopping adventure. With a local guide, learn about the area, visit hidden bars, and taste authentic Kyoto specialties including sake, tempura, and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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Limited to 6 participants


  • Discover the vibrant nightlife of Pontocho Alley in the company of an experienced local
  • Visit 3 authentic Japanese bars, including popular venues and hidden gems
  • Experience the night like a local, and soak up the unique atmosphere
  • Taste a selection of traditional drinks and dishes, as well as some more experimental offerings
Full description
Meet your guide at the Izumo no Okuni statue at Gion Shijo Station, then set off for an exciting bar crawl through some of Kyoto’s best venues and hidden gems. The tour focuses on the vibrant Pontocho Alley, famous for its exhilarating nightlife and bursting with local bars offering specialty drinks and tasty dishes. Throughout the tour your local guide will ensure you have the most exciting and authentic experience. All tour guides have either grown up in Kyoto or spent extensive time living here, meaning they know everything there is to know about the area and its nightlife. The first stop is at a local tavern known as an ‘izakaya’ bar where you can try unique drinks such as matcha/green tea beer, matcha sake, and a Kyoto style tempura. Next, head onto the second and third spots of the night which you will decide upon as a group depending on your interests and your guide’s knowledgeable recommendations. At the bars, taste more traditional Kyoto beverages and delicacies, as well as soaking up the unique atmosphere of Pontocho Alley and mingling with the locals.
  • 1 drink at the first bar
  • Tempura skewers at the first bar
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Additional food and drinks (cash only)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Izumo no Okuni statue at Gion Shijo Station, right outside exit 5.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Know before you go

  •  Please note that this is not a private tour
  • Children aged over 15 can join the tour, but only guests over 20 can drink due to Japanese alcohol laws
  • Please bring cash for your food and drinks as most bars don't accept credit cards
  • You do not need to pay for the guide's food and drinks
  • Some bars require that each guest purchase at least 1 food item and 1 drink
  • Please note that some izakaya bars have a cover charge of 300-500 JPY ($2-4) per person, which usually includes a small appetizer
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

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one venue free the rest you have to pay for...

March 6, 2020

It was really a great adventure. I booked group tour but got personal trip. Moreover, I had 2 guides)) Thank you, Hikaru & Nanae, for interesting and full of impressions evening! You were amazing!

March 6, 2020


We had an awesome evening with Ayumi who is a great guide, and showed us some great places in Kyoto that we would otherwise never have found. I can only recommend the MagicalTrip tour and especially Ayumi who does a fantastic job.

February 29, 2020


Product ID: 298205