Known for the beautiful temples and shrines concentrated in and around it, Kyoto is also a really great place to explore on foot at night. Especially the area close to the Takase River, which runs parallel for several blocks with Kiyamachi-dori Street 木屋町. Littered with tiny bridges crossing it, I found the area between Sanjo and Shijo to be more concentrated with nightlife where local bars, clubs, and restaurants are lined up side by side. Having said that, go beyond these two points. You will see little street shrines, interesting window displays, and if you're lucky, maybe even a geisha.