By Till Schweppe, who switched the sights of his homeland Germany for peaceful temples and the natural magic of Kyoto.
Edited by Holly Stark
Home to around 1.5 million people, a chilled atmosphere and a great food scene, Kyoto is a quirky city that flourishes when the sun goes down. What I love most about Kyoto’s nightlife is how peaceful it is; there are always no worries, no crazy situations and no aggression. It’s not a big clubbing hotspot like Tokyo, Sapporo and Osaka, but it is fairly sophisticated with a good atmosphere and a chilled vibe. It has plenty of late night bars open until 5 or 6 am any night of the week and a large student population. It can be busy and energetic, but on the whole, it’s has a laid-back, safe feel. From dynamic restaurants, to izakayas, late night cafes to classy bars, Kyoto’s locals and visitors are often out late - eating, drinking, shopping and exploring Kyoto’s nightlife and undiscovered gems - there are plenty of them to dive into. From the vibrant Gion Kyoto at night, to Nishiki market at night, to Kyoto temples night visits, you won’t struggle for things to do in Kyoto at night. From Japan's largest geisha district, Gion, to the Miyagawa-chō entertainment district on the banks of the Kamo river, discover the areas where there is a seamless balance between the urban and the natural and immerse yourself in the best things to do in Kyoto at night.