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The Low-Down On What To Do In Kyoto At Night!

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Here's the low-down on what to do in Kyoto at night! From bars to illuminated temples, here's what to do in Kyoto after an awesome day of sight-seeing! Enjoy!

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Ton Shabu Hide

The warm ambiance and great food make Ton Shabu Hide an ideal spot for starting your evening in good company. Ton Shabu Hide is very foreigner-friendly too. The multilingual staff is accustomed to kindly serving patrons of all nationalities, so you will feel at ease there even if you don't speak a word of Japanese.

The specialty is shabu shabu so you get served ingredients raw, and you cook them yourself in a hotpot at your very table.

Noteworthily, you'll have the chance to try some Awa Pork and Awa-odori Chicken, two famous brands of meat from the Tokushima Prefecture. The all-you-can-eat Awa-odori Chicken and Awa Pork course is ¥3,600. You can even add an all-you-can-drink option for ¥1,400. Oh, and the soup is actually produced by a sumo wrestler, so you can be sure that it's top quality!


L'EscaMoteur Bar

L'Escamoteur is a must-visit bar in Kyoto. Although the drinks are pricey, it is well worth it. The owner mixes magic and cocktails, and it makes for an incomparable atmosphere. Some even say it is the best bar they've ever been to! You'd better see for yourself!

Soradoko Rooftop Garden

Soradoko Rooftop Garden offers an unforgettable dinner/bar experience! It's only open for a limited time until September 30th, 2017, so make sure to check this place out when you are in Kyoto this summer. You get to watch one of the famous rivers, Kamogawa, and enjoy the summery atmosphere! Their popular drink is "Mizore Yamazaki", where you pour whiskey on top of shaved ice. They also have an all-you-can-drink option. Around a 3 minute walk from Sanjo station, or a 7-minute walk from Kawaramachi station.


Kiyomizu Temple 清水寺

Kiyozumidera is a particularly stunning area to visit, especially at night. It is open at night a few times per year:
-from March 9th to March 18th
-from March 30th to April 8th
-from November 17th to December 2nd

Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto

The Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro (京都東山花灯路)

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro is a spring illumination festival held in the ancient streets of Kyoto. It is also held at the Kodaiji Temple (高台寺). The designated streets lit by beautiful lanterns lead to the foothills of the Higashiyama Mountain. It is held from March 9th to March 18th 2018

Kamogawa River

Kamogawa river is particularly beautiful at night and is a great place to take a stroll. It is a very popular date spot by the way. Many people will sit down by the river and drink by the river. You can also try one of the many delicious restaurants by the river.


There are so many fun activities to try in Kyoto, as much during the day or at night. Hopefully you'll have enough time to try the best of everything!

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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