Pontocho-dori is a street in the historic Gion district of Kyoto that looks like it’s been there since the city was founded. It probably has, in all honesty, but the fact that it still looks that way is an sign of how expensive it can be.
The street is narrow and windy, and while it gives off an old-world Japan feel, the restaurants are surprisingly modern and often international. Mrs. Selfish and I ended up eating one meal here just for atmosphere, but after getting hit with an unexpected sitting fee (and really, where else are you eating?), we decided to save it as more of a late night destination.
Good thing, too, since it Pontocho-dori is gorgeous at night.