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4 things to do for nightlife in Kyoto


Kyoto is one of the most famous cities in the world. While you stay in the city, there are many things that you should see or do; not only during the daytime, but at nighttime as well. This article will introduce 4 things to do at night in Kyoto for an unforgettable trip.


1. Natural hot springs

Getting into hot springs, called onsen in Japanese, is great way to relax after work and feel a natural sense of healing. In Kyoto, there are a lot of natural hot springs. These 4 are popular hot springs that you can easily visit (all facilities allow people with tattoos):

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A) Chikara-no-Yu

Ø  About the hot spring

There are approximately 10 kinds of hot spring here, and 3 sauna baths, to help you relax in many ways. The open-air bath and the sauna baths in particular are very attractive, so you can have fun while taking your bath.

Ø  Basic Information

Name: Super Sento Fushimi, Chikara-no-Yu

Address: 130 Takeda-Aoike, Fushimi, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Takeda Station (Subway Karasuma and Kintetsu Line)

TEL: 0756-45-4126

Open: 10:00 a.m.~1:00 a.m.



B) Tensho-no-Yu

Ø  About the hot spring

This onsen comes from a source that begins to spring out 1000 meters below ground. This spring is said to have medical properties, and it isbelieved that it heals various kinds of sickness.

Ø  Basic Information

Name: Tensho-no-Yu

Address: 18 Nishikyogoku-Daimon, Ukyou, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Nishikyogoku Station (Hankyu), Nishioji Station (JR)

TEL: 075-316-2641

Open: 2:00 p.m.~1:00 a.m. Closed: Tuesdays

URL (Japanese only):


C) Hana-no-Yu

Ø  About the hot spring

Hana-no-Yu’s “Rock-Onsen” and “Pot-Onsen” are bothnatural open-air baths known as “Hot Springs of Beauty,” which are said to make your skin soft and smooth.

There are also various other types of baths, so please try all of them.

Ø  Basic Information

Name: Mibu-Onsen Hana-no-Yu

Address: 15-3 Mibu-Matsubara, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Tanba-Guchi Station (JR)

TEL: 075-813-2611

Open: 10:00 a.m.~1:00 p.m.

URL (Japanese only):



2. Sightseeing

Even during the nighttime, the Kyoto is full of beautiful scenery. After the sun goes down, the city of Kyoto is illuminated, and shows you wonderful qualities different from its daytime self. The following are places to visit during the evening:


A) Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station has two night-view spots: Sky-Walk and Sky-Plaza. Even though they are free, the views are spectacular. Both of them provide one of the best views of Kyoto in the city. From Sky-Walk, you can see Kyoto-Tower as well.

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B) Hanami-Koji Dori

The best place to see Geisha in Kyoto is Hanami-Koji Dori. You may be able to meet one in the early-evening. After sunset, the area is lit up and you can sense the elegant taste of traditional Kyoto. You can reach Hanami-Koji Dori in 5 minutes on foot from Gion-Shijo or Kawaramachi Stations.

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C) Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine

This shrine is famous for its thousands of torii gates lining its path. Of course it’s beautiful during the daytime, but it’s also attractive and worth visiting at night, when you can experience a mysterious and magical atmosphere.

You reach the shrine in 5 minutes on foot from Inari Station (JR) or Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan Line).

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3. Sightseeing by bicycle

The city of Kyoto is good for cycling with its well-maintained roads and flat ground, so a bicycle can make your trip very convenient for exploring the city. At nighttime in particular, you can sightsee and exercise comfortably by bicycle because the city becomes calm. These bicycle rental shops to rent bicycles are easy to access:


A) Rent a cycle Emusica, Gion

This shop is located in Gion-Shijo, which is in downtown Kyoto. Why not come for a cycle along Kamo-gawa River?

Ø  Price

1 Day (return by 8:00 p.m.): 1,000 yen

Return by 10:00 a.m. the next morning: Additional 500 yen

Ø  Basic Information

Address: 2-239-6 Miyagawa-suji, Higashi-Yama, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan Line), Kawaramachi

Station (Hankyu Line)

TEL: 075-200-8219

Open: 9:00 a.m.~8:00 p.m.



B) Roijo-Ya

This shop is located in the center of many tourist spots in Kyoto, so you can easily visit a number of popular places.

Ø  Price

1 Day by 21:00: 500 yen~ (depending on kind of bikes)

Ø  Basic Information

Address: 22-57, Ikenouchi-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Nijo Station (JR)

TEL: 075-432-8494

Open: 8:00 a.m.~11:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.~9:00 p.m.  (Closed from 11:00 a.m.~4:00 p.m.)



4. Bar and Pub

Kyoto visited by people from various countries, so there are not only Japanese-style bars in the city, but also a lot of Western-style bars. These bars are often visited by Japanese people who can speak English, so you will be able to make new friends and share information about Kyoto in an international atmosphere. These two bars are.

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A) HUB Sanjo Kiyamachi

HUB is a British bar in Sanjo, and many people drink and have fun here every night. HUB serves various drinks and food, including the British classic fish and chips. The bar also occasionally holds events for watching sports.


Ø  Basic Information

Address: 京都府京都市中京区 河原町三条東入中島町90 フェリチタ三条


Nearest Station: Sanjo Station (Keihan Line)

TEL: 075-212-9026

Open: 5:00 p.m.~12:00 a.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 5:00 p.m.~2:00 a.m. (Fri.), 4:00 p.m.~2:00 a.m.(Sat.)

           4:00 p.m.~12:00 a.m.(Sun.)




This is a Turkish pub where popular music is played. You can drink reasonably priced drinks here with friendly people from various countries, and smoke hookah as well. The pub is at its most lively around midnight on the weekends.


Ø  Basic Information

Address: 71-25 Daikokucho Kawaramachidori San-jo Sagaru, Nakagyo- 

               ku, Kyoto

Nearest Station: Sanjo Station (Keihan Line), Kawaramachi Station

                          (Kankyu Line)

TEL: 075-231-6808

Open: 7:00 p.m.~5:00 a.m.




In addition to the above, there are many more attractions still for enjoying nightlife in Kyoto. For example, participating in a night bus tour and walking around the city are also good ways to pass the evening. Have a nice trip!



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