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Kamogawa River

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Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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$80.78*
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks
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$20.90*
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus

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Great walk in Kyoto

Take your time enjoy the fresh air and the wonderful sites down the river. appreciate the bird life and the views both in the distance and across the river. Enjoy

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 2, 2017
Chris E
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I happened to stay on the North side of Kyoto and walked or biked everyday up and down this stream. My girlfriend and I in fact had the greatest memories on these paths as there are modern and old districts in between, making it a quite versatile experience. When I look back this was one of my favorite moments during... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice river to meet up with friends and have a picnic under sakura during the sakura season. In summer, many people sit by the river during late evenings to have a nice beer.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Crossing over the kamogawa is like crossing back in time as you enter eastern Kyoto and the Gion neighborhood. The river is picturesque and has two walking pathways along both sides of its banks.

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

We were trying to find the botanical gardens on our visit so ended up traveling along the river. It was a nice day and the walkway was wide and flat but the river was bleak and uninteresting. We saw some cranes, egrets and a few ducks maybe there is more wildlife at other times during the year. We were there... More 

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Tokyo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

5-6 kilometers along a shallow river. It was lovely even on a crisp December afternoon. Well worth an hour or so to relax and unwind.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Take your time enjoy the fresh air and the wonderful sites down the river. appreciate the bird life and the views both in the distance and across the river. Enjoy

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Arrived at our hotel and walked along the river plenty of birds especially hawks hovering at least 20 or more. The usual ducks cranes and egrets plenty of people flying kites cycling. Lots of people sitting on the bank having a snack or drink. Great spot for a walk even though a bit breezy and cool in early January.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Spent a fair amount of time walking along the river as our hotel was situated right along it. There were plenty of fish, ducks, cranes and other waterfowl in the river and it was very pleasant to walk along it. There were also many cyclists along the route.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We bicycled along the river and it was so nice , it was bit cold with this season though . You can enjoy cycling along the river .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

We used the river bike paths to travel north north and south on our electric rental bikes. It was a great way to avoid the traffic and make good time, while enjoying the various activities and views the river has to offer.

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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.
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