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Kamogawa River

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Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Walk, Enjoy, Bypass the City Streets

The Kamogawa presents a delightful opportunity to walk north and south through Kyoto away from the main roads and the business of traffic. There are trails on both sides, and you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

French viewers might chortle as much as they love Kyoto but in my view Kamogawa River is the Seine of Kyoto and is perfect for walking kilometers in either direction from Shimogamo Shrine to 7th or 8th avenue exits that will take you towards Kyoto Station, easily seen by the large tower in front of it. There are walkways on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kamogawa presents a delightful opportunity to walk north and south through Kyoto away from the main roads and the business of traffic. There are trails on both sides, and you can go for miles without ever being on a road. The walk is a popular escape for the Japanese, offering places to sit and enjoy the view or just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Lots of people walk here or simply sit and relax. The place is very atmospheric. You can watch cranes playing in the water.

Thank Cornelia W
Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

When a river joins a larger river, it is called a tributary. Tributaries do not join lakes, seas, or oceans directly, but first meets another river. When two rivers of roughly equal size join, that can be called as the confluence. Yes.....This is the most popular Kamogawa confluence near Demachiyangi in Japan. The Takno-gawa river comes from north-east and join... More 

Thank RonHerat
New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

You can escape the chaos of Gion and the geisha district to this river. It's more like the Arno than the Hudson or the Thames. However, Kyoto is all about temples, shrines and forests - but this river is remarkably clean and not polluted.

Thank Rolfe H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

For a morning exercise, this is a great place to run by - there is a path that goes a long way and you can enjoy the scenery along the way.

Thank Kasia Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

The river runs through the city and the banks are full of restaurants with platforms built on stilts to host diners. Lovely walks along riverbank let you explore the city at a leisurely pace.

Thank peterw373
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

So it seems that people like to sit by the river during the summer. There are these platforms that these restaurants build and you can have lunch or dinner on these platforms over the river. It was so cool! But of course, they all require reservations which my family did not make. I recommend going to the Starbucks if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

For the people of Kyoto, Kamogawa River is a symbol of their home town. It is like Seine River for Parisian. It is nice to take a walk along the river. Or, you can sit down on the bank and just relax. Between Sanjyo Bridge and Sihyo Bridge, there are always many tourists. But upper reaches of the river are... More 

Thank Kimitaka S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Anyone who has been to Kyoto must have seen or strolled through Kamogawa River. It's long and wide and passes through many different junctions at the centre of Kyoto city. While everyone above the River is busy shopping and walking, people down at the River enjoy a piece of quietness while listening to the sound of the river running and... More 

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Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.
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