What to do in Kyoto at Night -Local Nightlife Spots

Welcome to Kyoto!
How is your trip in Japan? Are you having a good time?

Now we assume that you are wondering what to do in Kyoto at night.
Because you found this article!

We are terribly sorry that we don’t have many night activities in Kyoto compared with Tokyo.
But Kyoto is the ancient capital city of Japan.
There are many traditional temples and shrines.

It is not like Tokyo and Osaka.

But please don’t be sad.
We would like to suggest some Kyoto style night activities, nightclub, and night tours.

We divided into 4 categories.

  1. Kyoto Night Sightseeing Spots
  2. Kyoto Night Activities
  3. Kyoto Night Shows
  4. Kyoto Night Club and Bars

We hope you can enjoy the night time in Kyoto!

Kyoto Night Sightseeing Spots】

We would like to introduce some sightseeing spots after the dark.
You can visit there even at night.

① Arashiyama Kimono forest

You can see 600 pillars which is made of traditional Yuzen dyeing textile lining up on the street. At night time, you can see illuminated pillars and it is beautiful and dreamy atmosphere.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/MxVrFfV6ZmP2
【Entrance Fee】No need
【Opening】After dark ~21:00
【Review】Tripadvisor

② Pontocho and Gion district

In Kyoto, there are 5 Geisha districts.
Pontocho and Gion districts are some of them. If you are lucky, you may find some Geishas.
You will enjoy that atmosphere.

【Location】
・Pontocho district: https://goo.gl/maps/h3NUmzUaJ342
・Gion district: https://goo.gl/maps/W29tN2buAeL2
【Entrance Fee】No need
【Review】Tripadvisor

③ Kamo riverside

During the summer season, you can see many people sitting along the riverbank.
Actually, this is a famous date spot for the local couples and they always sit a certain distance apart. It is very interesting to look at as it comes to the Japanese culture of respecting other people’s space. You can enjoy the good wind with the beer too!

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/Pkp87kApqRk
【Entrance Fee】No need

【Kyoto Night Activities】

There are few activities what you can try after the dark in Kyoto.
But we would like to introduce some activities what you can try after 5 pm.

④ En Tea Ceremony Experience

Are you interested in tea ceremony experience? You can learn how to make matcha properly and also you can learn Japanese culture through it.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/keUebXKELi42
【Website】http://www.teaceremonyen.com/
【Fee】2,500 yen per person
【Opening】14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00 / 17:00 / 18:00 *Group tour
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑤ Join local Bar Hopping Tour

Would you like to get a local experience with a local English speaking guide? If so, we recommend you to join the tour! Your friendly guide will tell you some tips to enjoy the night time in Kyoto and will take you to their favorite places!

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/4rgfA5MTipC2
【Website】Kyoto Bar Hopping Tour
【Instagram】https://www.instagram.com/kyoto_foodrink_tour/?hl=en
【Fee】13,000 yen per person
【Start】17:45~20:45
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑥ Night Gion Walking Tour

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/W29tN2buAeL2
【Website】Night Walking Tour
【Fee】1,200 yen per person/ Cash Only
【Start】From March through November: 18:00-19:40
From December through February: 17:00-18:40
【Review】Tripadvisor


【Kyoto Night Shows

⑦ GEAR Theater

First of its kind in Japan, GEAR is an unique non-verbal performance that stimulates your five senses with a moving story set in the future. Accompanied by impressive stage effects set up using techniques ranging from those used in Kabuki plays to the latest technologies, GEAR is bound to offer you a theatrical experience you will never forget!

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/vTnuv5VGNYE2
【Website】https://www.gear.ac/en/
【Ticket】4,200 yen per person *You should book it in advance
【Start】Please check the schedule
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑧ Kyoto Dinner with Maiko Performance

You can play some games with Maiko and get to see their traditional dance. If you are interested in some unique and traditional Japanese drinking culture, check this out!

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/xAaiYaashG12
【Website】Maiko dinner show
【Ticket】19,000 yen (tax included) Free Drinks *You should book it in advance
【Start】Please send an inquiry.
【Review】Tripadvisor


【Kyoto Night Club and Bars】

⑨ Kyoto Tower Sky lounge (Bar)

Actually, there are not many high buildings in Kyoto.
But you can enjoy the great night view and drinks from here.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/VrC8qmyzpeS2
【Website】Sky lounge at Kyoto Tower Hotel
【Opening/Bar】18:00~23:00(LO / 22:30)
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑩ in the moon (Bar)

It’s located in the central Kyoto area.
After dinner, you can visit and have some drinks with a great night view.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/wuzxCVh9xaB2
【Website】http://inthesoup.jp/
【Opening/Bar】17:00~23:30
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑪ World Kyoto (Night Club)

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The world lives up to its name by a) being extremely big, and b) hosting DJs from across the planet. It is focused on techno, house, and electronica, and since it’s spread over two floors dance fans are likely to hear something they’re into. Even if the music is not your thing, it’s a great place for a drink on the weekend and a spot for serious people-watching.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/ztju8TwGMGG2
【Website】http://world-kyoto.com/schedule/
【Opening】(Mon-Thu) 9pm-3am, (Fri-Sat) 9pm-5am, (Sun) 9pm-3am
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑫ Kitsune (Night Club)

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Opened in 2015, the 800-capacity Kitsune Kyoto boosts a festival atmosphere, a top-notch sound system and dazzling lights, allowing guests to totally immerse in electronic dance music over its two themed floors, ‘land’ and ‘sea’. The weekends often see appearances from big-name artists and celebrity DJs.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/kTzUbgfYwhQ2
【Website】https://kitsune-kyoto.com/
【Opening】(Mon-Thu, Sun) 10pm-4am, (Fri-Sat) 10pm-5am
【Review】Tripadvisor

⑬ Metro (Night Club)

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Kyoto’s club culture arguably began here in 1990, a Marutamachi venue with its adventurous ears wide open to all types of music. There are always international DJs on Metro’s schedule, but you might also find hip indie bands or touring international rock bands gracing its stage. A 250-person capacity means it’s a great spot for experiencing intimate performances.

【Location】https://goo.gl/maps/8kWgvGegrMo
【Website】https://www.metro.ne.jp/
【Opening】Check the schedule
【Review】Tripadvisor


Did you find anything interested for you?
Please don’t be worry about public security. Japan is one of the safest country!
We hope you enjoy the night time of Kyoto.

 -Map of the night spots

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