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Kamogawa River

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Symbol of Kyoto

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Kamogawa river is a nice meeting place for many locals and tourists. People bring beer and snacks and hangout there. There is a nice walking/running/biking path on either side of the river, and the river runs all the way through Kyoto. In July and August, part of the tanabata celebrations happen here with trees lined up with wishes and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we spent 3 nights staying near this river, close to Demachiyanagi train station. At this end you have a bridge but below the bridge but also crossing it are large manmade stones and stone turtles (concrete, but they look ornate) This was a lovely area to "play in"with my kids after a full days walking and as the river bed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family (2 adults and 2 children aged under 10) were fortunate enough to be able to take a stroll along the Kamogawa River on a beautiful sunny April day. The river was flat so it was not to taxing for our kids. At one point there were stepping stones so you could cross the river. We had fun for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Kamogawa is a nice river, quite shallow and with small rapids here and there. Kyoto has a complex waterway system: there is one small channel running right next to the river. River area is nice, open space away from the busy streets. Both riverbanks have walkways good for jogging or simply walking or cycling from one place to another. No... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Only walking around, if you not interesting in pubs and sit around the area. You can skip this spot, go to other interesting temple or Japanese style street instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

My favourite river and one of the best places in Japan. You may just stroll on he banks, run, ride a bicycle or simply sit and drink some Japanese beer and enjoy views of Kyoto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Although it's not something very magnificent, but it's so much fun and relaxing touring along this river. You may enjoy the countryside daily living scenery. Many temples also in the promxity. Recommend plan your route beforehand..

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Pontocho
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.