Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour in Pontocho
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Explore izakaya bars in the backstreets of Kyoto
Kyoto bar hopping night tour by Magical Trip
Bar Hop through the local izakaya bars with a local guide
Explore backstreets of Kyoto at night with local guide
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Kyoto Bar Hopping Night Tour in PontochoPub crawl through the hidden local izakaya bars & eateries in Pontocho at night

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  • 3 hour tour
  • Small group tour
  • English speaking guide
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What makes this tour unique
  • Experience deep izakaya & food culture in the backstreets of Kyoto that are normally hard to find for tourists at night
  • Hop through 3 local Japanese bars with a friendly local tour guide
  • Get insight into how to enjoy nights in Kyoto like a local
What's included
  • 1 drink & some skewers (You can select from our special menu)
  • 3 hours with a local guide
  • Hopping 3 local izakaya bars with a local guide
  • Photos during a tour
Not included
  • Additional drinks and food fee (Available for purchase)

Many travelers think that Kyoto has only a few things to do after dark. Absolutely not so! Kyoto turns into a quaint night town where locals hang out for drinks, all while beautiful, red lanterns glow. Worried about local-only eateries or the language barrier? Don't worry. We are here to share with you the best ways of making the most out of Kyoto nightlife: bar hopping at local izakayas!

Izakayas are a unique aspect of our culture, special places that are hard to translate. They are a combination of a diner and a pub, where people enjoy drinking with well-paired small dishes. A traditional izakaya is usually cozy, which naturally makes people start communicating with one another.

The master at the bar and other customers, for instance.
On this bar hopping tour, you'll experience the best izakaya in the Pontocho and Kiyamachi areas that are personally handpicked by me!

At first, stroll the street of Pontocho and take some good photos in the middle of the red-lantern-dotted lane. We'll stop by the first place, where you'll sample local specialities and recommended drinks, like cold draft beer, Japanese sake, or shochu.

For the second and third place, a guide will recommend a group some izakaya and local bars on the Magical Trip Bar Hopping Map, based on your preferences.
This map lists some of the best local bars around, varying from typical standing izakayas, to some unique ones (my favorite is a Japanese whiskey bar).

You'll enjoy choosing these spots with the local guide and the other travelers in the group. Which, of course, is exactly what the locals do when hopping bars!

You can immerse yourself in different atmospheres and try different types of drinks and dishes, all in three hours!

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Meeting Point
Gion Shijo Station, right outside of Exit 5, in front of Izumo no Okuni Statue
  • A guide will be holding a orange signboard saying "Magical Trip Tour"
  • Please note that there may be other participants
  • You do not need to pay for the guide's food and drinks
  • Please bring some cash for your drinks and food, as most bars don't accept credit cards
  • Usually each izakaya bar costs around 1,000 - 2,000JPY ($8 - $20)
  • Please note that some Izakaya bars have a cover charge of 300-500 JPY ($2-4) per person, which usually includes a small appetizer of the day called Otooshi
  • You might need to order at least 1 food and 1 drink at the bar because it's the rule for some bars
  • Only person over 20 years of age can drink alcohol because of law in Japan
  • Anyone over 15 years old can join this tour
  • Out of respect for our other guests and to ensure the best tour for everyone, we must start the tour on time.
  • You will not be able to join the tour, get refund or rescheduled if you are late for the tour and missed the group.
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  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the tour starting time.
  • Free date/time change up to 24 hours till the tour starting time.
  • Cancellation after the starting time or no show, we offer no refund or date/time change.
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