Pontochō (先斗町) is a pedestrian alley lined with upscale tea houses, restaurants and bars in downtown Kyoto, running north-south from Sanjō-dōri to Shijō-dōri, flanked by the rowdier Kiyamachi-dōri nightlife district a few meters to the west and the Kamo River on the opposite side. The alley is built on reclaimed land that was part of...