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Shimogyo Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Shimogyo - Kyoto

As one of the main commercial shopping areas of Kyoto, Shimogyo also has a vibrant nightlife. There are many restaurants and bars located in the dense shopping district. Don’t forget to look up as many of the most intimate nightspots are on the upper floors of high rise buildings.

Among the highlights of Shimogyo by night are Taku Taku and World, these large clubs play host to some of the top name domestic and international artists. But there are also many cozy cafes and coffeehouses if you prefer a low-key night. Alternatively you may just like to catch an art-house film at the Kyoto Cinema.

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Kyoto Cinema

Located right in the heart of the downtown area, Kyoto Cinema is a newly built cinema presenting domestic and international movies, latest releases, as well as some interesting art-house films. With only 3 screens, the movies shown here are carefully curated. You might find anything from Japanese anime to documentaries and independently produced films from Japan and abroad.

  • Opening Hours: Showtimes vary, but typically from 10am to 9pm
  • Location: Cocon Karasuma, 3F, Karasuma dori Shijo sagaru, Suiginya-cho 620, Shimogyo, Kyoto
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-353-4723
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World

The biggest club in Kyoto, World hosts a great variety of big name artists. The line-up could feature anything from EDM and house to hip hop, R'n'B and party pop. Past artists to play here include Skrillex and 2manydjs. The 2-storey club has spacious dance floors, a good range of beers and cocktails and lockers to keep your belongings safe while you dance the night away. To find World, take the subway to Kawaramachi Station. It's a short walk to Pontocho-dori entertainment street.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm until late
  • Address: 97 Shincho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8001, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 213 4119
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Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon Irish pub is close to Kyoto Station in the south of city. It’s the sister venue of the Pig & Whistle and offers a similar experience of good food, plenty of beers, and a welcoming, international vibe. You’ll find 7 draft beers on tap and 60 single-malt whiskies. If you fancy watching sports, the bar has 3 large TV screens. With an English menu and English-speaking staff, it’s a popular place with the travel weary. The happy hours at The Man in the Moon start as early as 11am and last until 5pm. To find the pub, head to the west side of the Hachijo-guchi exit of Kyoto station.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2am. Friday and Saturday open until 4am
  • Address: 31-1 Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Kyoto, 600-8215, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75-672-2522
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Taku Taku

Taku Taku has been hosting some of the biggest Japanese rock and blues bands since 1974, and occasionally gets some big name international acts. Occupying a big wooden warehouse, the club has plenty of room to hold the crowds of young Kyoto locals who flock to the club on weekends. There is usually an entry fee, but if you’re looking for high quality live music played by prominent Japanese artists then Taku Taku is a great choice. It's quite hard to find this live music venue – look out for a wooden sign with a black kanji symbol. 

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 139-4 Sujiyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8061, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 351 1321
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