Kamogawa River
Kamogawa River
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The area

Neighborhood: 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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viaggioSensoriale
Cesena, Italy1,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
To get a different perspective on the city of Kyoto this walk is really ideal.
The river is very relaxing and the walk reveals a completely different image of Kyoto in the evening is truly magical with the lights and lanterns of the rooms that are reflected in the waterway
If you are in Kyoto you cannot not try this beautiful experience
Written August 12, 2019
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
When we visited it had not rained for some weeks properly so the water level was quite low nice river but really nothing special nice to wander down the paths on the river banks which are meant to be free from cyclist just to get away from the traffic of the city
Written October 28, 2015
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Sketcherazzi
Kyoto, Japan44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
On a summer day, walk up or down stream this gentle river. Feel its lullaby lure you to sleep. Wet your feet in cold water. Sit here and think nothing! Like the rest of Japan this river has continuously flowed from one era to the next —- and bears witness to the ever changing time. It helps to clear one’s mind here while watching the heron fishing, the ducks quacking, and children giggle -and the river gurgle with them! . Enjoy the gift of being just you — here and now!
***For the foreigners— this is a place which the locals revere and frequent with their kids and families. Be respectful —- keep your clothes on! It’s a river bank not a beach!
And if you can’t resist the urge to gulp a beer or two —- do it , but quietly!
Written June 19, 2018
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Tote919
Bangkok, Thailand5,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
It's a nice river to walk along or take a boat ride & admire the scenery on the river banks. In spring, you will see cherry blossoms along this river as there are many cherry trees. Perfect photo spot!
Written February 9, 2018
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Shirley L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
This river is very near to the hotel that I checked in - Kyoto Royal and Spa hotel. So I had my morning walk everyday when I was there. It is really relaxing to watch ducks swimming and birds flying near the river.
Written January 3, 2016
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Rima P
Indonesia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Our hostel is only 10 minutes walking from Kamo river. It is the perfect place if you want to enjoy the feel of Kyoto. Idyllic atmosphere and the pristine river is all that you need as an escapism. Especially if you visit during autumn like I did. Plus, presence of herons, fish, ducks and birds along the river is some of the many privileges you could have if you come from country like Indonesia. Cycling is also a great way to enjoy the riverside.
Written October 28, 2015
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mzzyap
Philippines3,374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
While walking along this strip of land, you can hear water flowing on either side of you. I was very relaxed as I saw lovers quietly sitting on the banks holding hands, and people on the other side having dinner or drinks on the well-lit restaurant terraces. It truly was a peaceful walk and I felt it was a privilege to be amidst this urban tranquility.
Written July 29, 2019
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Yook Chee C
Malaysia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
We stayed at the Ritz Carlton which is just next to this river.
It is very pleasant to walk, ride bicycle and take photos along this river.
Written September 22, 2017
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oesca
South San Francisco, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This river has bike and walking trails. During Sakura season, it's a sight to behold, with the river lined with Sakura Blooms. There is a walking and biking trail under the Sakura trees as well. The numerous bridges that cross the river makes it a a very nice place to take photos.
Written April 29, 2017
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Tuna
Christchurch, New Zealand48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
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.
Written February 3, 2017
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