Shimogyo Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Shimogyo - Kyoto

Being the main commercial shopping area 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 this newly built cinema presents domestic and international latest releases as well as some interesting art-house films including Japanese anime and independently produced films from Japan and abroad.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (varies by movie)
  • Location: Cocon Karasuma, 3F, Karasuma dori Shijō sagaru, Suiginya-cho 620, Shimogyō-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 353 4723
  • How to get there: Karasuma subway line, Shijō Station
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The biggest club in Kyoto, World hosts a great variety of big name artists. The line up could be anything from techno and house to salsa and reggae or funk and R and B. The two-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.

  • Opening Hours: 22:00 - 05:00
  • Location: Nishikiyamachi-dōri-Shijō agaru, Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 213 4119
  • How to get there: Hankyū line Kawaramachi Station
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Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon Irish pub is the latest addition to the Kyoto nightlife scene. It is the sister pub of the Pig & Whistle and offers seven draft beers on tap; 60 single malt whiskies and more. If you fancy watching sports, the bar has three large TV screens. English menu and English-speaking staff. Cash only system. Happy hours start as early as 11:00 and lasts until 17:00.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 02:00, Friday and Saturday open until 04:00
  • Location: On the west side of the Hachijo-guchi exit of the station, in Kintetsu Meiten-gai Miyakomichi under Kyoto Station.
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If you are looking for a quiet, intimate place to have a coffee and relax with friends head to Papamilano. Located close to the main downtown area the coffee house is a version of la doce vita, one of a spate that have been established throughout the city.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 71 Shinmachi Shijo dori, Kobashi nishi iru
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 255 6541
  • How to get there: Karasuma subway line, Shijō Station
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Bar Yoshiyuki

Walking into Bar Yoshiyuki is like walking into someone’s home and for good reason, the owner Yoshiyuki-san actually lives here! Don’t be intimidated by the awesome Harley Davidson out front or Yoshiyuki-san’s shabby-chic appearance – he’ll have you feeling right at home in n time.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 24:00
  • Location: Nishinotoin nishi iru Matsubara-dori, Shimogyo-ku

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 hip Kyoto locals that flock to the club on weekends.

  • Opening Hours: Tue – Sun open til late
  • Location: Tominokoji- dori, Bukkoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 351 1321
  • How to get there: West of Tominokoji, Hankyu Line, Kawaramachi Station
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