Kyoto Styudy

Nightlife

Kyoto is lively even at night.
We show you the best ways to unwind after a day of study or research.

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Karaoke

Karaoke

Just as there are many students in Kyoto, there are also many karaoke bars. They offer a large assortment of foreign music as well as Japanese music.
The majority are open 24 hours and offer food and beverages.
You will usually pay by the hour, but flat fee options are also available.
Oftentimes, students can get discounts by presenting their student cards.

Izakaya restaurants

Izakaya restaurants

These establishments serve beverages ranging from beer and chu-hai to Japanese sake. Focused mainly on Japanese food, izakaya offer a variety of dishes and generous portions, with chain restaurants offering comparatively reasonable prices.
Visitors can try uniquely Japanese foods such as yakitori and sashimi.

Sports bars

Sports bars

Kyoto has a number of bars where you can catch a game. These bars feature TVs mounted on the walls where you, your friends, and the people around you can watch the game and cheer on your team.

Pubs

Pubs

Activities at Kyoto’s pubs include parties held to promote international exchange.

Noryo-yuka

Noryo-yuka

A feature of the Kyoto summer, noryo-yuka are terraces at restaurants or cafés for enjoying a cool evening breeze. Guests are served food as they sit above a river or in some place with a view of a river.
From May through September, visitors can find noryo-yuka in Kyoto along the Kamo River and in Kibune, Takao, and Takagamine. The weather cools down in the evening and at night, and the views are splendid.

*You must be at least 20 years of age to drink alcohol in Japan.
Most stores will ask to see identification in order to verify your age.
Should an individual engage in underage drinking, an adult who is present and responsible for the individual will face criminal punishment.

Areas with a fun nightlife

Kiyamachi-dori

Kiyamachi-dori

Students are a frequent sight on Kiyamachi-dori thanks to its numerous izakaya, bars, and clubs, and its relatively affordable restaurants with foods from around the world.

Street view

Ponto-cho

Ponto-cho

One of Kyoto’s hanamachi (entertainment district), Ponto-cho has a large concentration of high-class shops employing the Kyo-machiya style of construction. Many of these also have noryo-yuka for gazing at the Kamo River.

Street view

Gion area

Gion area

Kyoto’s preeminent hanamachi, Gion is also known for the maiko (essentially geisha in training) that work here. In addition to its numerous kabuki theaters and other venues for performing arts, the area has a large number of high-class Japanese food restaurants. Many tourists also visit Yasaka Shrine, where the Gion Festival is held every year.

Street view