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Kyoto - Pontocho

Pontocho is an area centred by a long narrow cobbled lane in the down town area of Kyoto. This area has many expensive restaurants and tea houses, most retaining the traditional Japanese architectural look. It's also a place where Geisha often entertain their clients, so it may be one of the best Geisha spotting sites if you go there at the right time of day. I've always had better luck around Yasaka-jinja (Yasaka Shrine) and Shirakawa-minami dori for spotting real Geisha (rather than tourists posing as Geisha).

The best time to photograph this area is in magic half hour (starts about 15 minutes after sunset). However your best chance at spotting a Geisha in this area will probably be later in the evening (depending on the season).

The southern end of Pontocho is near the Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and the Keihan Gion Shijo Station. The Northern end is near the Keihan Sanjo Station, and Sanjo-keihan Station on the subway Tozai Line. It's also possible to walk about 10mins (eastward) up Shijo-dori from Shijo Station on the subway Karasuma line to get to Pontocho.

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Red on Blue
Red on Blue
Hello Dolly
Hello Dolly
Chocka-Block Building
Chocka-Block Building
Bustling Pontocho
Bustling Pontocho
Walking in Pontocho
Walking in Pontocho
Red Light Reflections
Red Light Reflections
Through the round window
Through the round window
On a busier night
On a busier night
Rundown Building and New Road Surface
Rundown Building and New Road Surface
A Bird Lantern and Rundown Street
A Bird Lantern and Rundown Street
The Green Lantern and Friends
The Green Lantern and Friends
A Row of Cubic Lights
A Row of Cubic Lights
Outside a Restaurant
Outside a Restaurant
Lady Walking
Lady Walking
Bird Lantern
Bird Lantern
Alleyway
Alleyway
Colourful Clutter
Colourful Clutter
Lantern Abstract
Lantern Abstract
Crowded Alley
Crowded Alley
Up close to a lantern
Up close to a lantern
Out for the night
Out for the night
The Centre of the Action
The Centre of the Action
At the Entrance to Pontocho lane
At the Entrance to Pontocho lane
Heading in to Pontocho
Heading in to Pontocho