What to do in Kyoto at Night -Local Nightlife Spots

Welcome to Kyoto!!
How about your trip to Japan? Are you enjoying??

Now we know 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.
But please understand, here is Kyoto where is the ancient capital city of Japan.
There are many traditional temples and shrines. Here is not like a Tokyo and Osaka.

But please don’t be sad.
We want to suggest some Kyoto style night activities, nightclub, and night tour.

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 want to introduce some sightseeing spots after the dark.
You can visit there even the night time.

① Arashiyama Kimono forest

【Entrance Fee】No need
【Opening】After dark ~21:00

② Pontocho and Gion district

In Kyoto, there are 5 geisha districts.
Pontocho and Gion districts are one of them. If you are lucky, you can find some of them.
You will enjoy that atmosphere.

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

③ Kamo riverside

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

【Entrance Fee】No need

【Kyoto Night Activities】

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

④ En Tea Ceremony Experience

【Fee】2,500 yen per person
【Opening】14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00 / 17:00 / 18:00 *Group tour

⑤ Join local Bar Hopping Tour

【Website】Kyoto Bar Hopping Tour
【Fee】13,000 yen per person

⑥ Night Gion Walking Tour

【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

【Kyoto Night Shows

⑦ GEAR Theater

First of its kind in Japan, GEAR is a 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!

【Ticket】4,200 yen per person *You should book it in advance
【Start】Please check the schedule

⑧ Kyoto Dinner with Maiko Performance

【Website】Maiko dinner show
【Ticket】19,000 yen (tax included) Free Drinks *You should book it in advance
【Start】Please send an inquiry.

【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.

【Website】Sky lounge at Kyoto Tower Hotel
【Opening/Bar】18:00~23:00(LO / 22:30)

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.


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. There’s a focus 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’s not your thing, it’s a great place for a drink at the weekend and a spot of serious people-watching.

【Opening】(Mon-Thu) 9pm-3am, (Fri-Sat) 9pm-5am, (Sun) 9pm-3am

⑫ Kitsune (Night Club)


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Opened in 2015, the 800-capacity Kitsune Kyoto boasts 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.

【Opening】(Mon-Thu, Sun) 10pm-4am, (Fri-Sat) 10pm-5am

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.

【Opening】Check the schedule

How do you feel about that?
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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