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Kamogawa River

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

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cute promenade and boat front

go above the dam and u can rent boats for a cool quiet experience. its fun to sit on the banks and watch the activity around u

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Tejas P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

go above the dam and u can rent boats for a cool quiet experience. its fun to sit on the banks and watch the activity around u

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this makes for a good stroll/evening walk and its location is really quite accessible. you'll be sure to pass it by heading into town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the walking places of Kyoto citizens. Cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in autumn There are lots of birds in the river, and it's fun to watch the river. If you get tired of sightseeing you eat a bit in the river, even just looking at mountain ranges(it will not cost you) it's a very fun.......I think... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed one block away from the Kamo river for 5 days. After a long day of sightseeing we'd grab a few Chu-hai (cans of ready to drink low alcohol content yummy, inexpensive beverages!) and sit on a bench right by the river, unwinding.. (Yes, it's OK to have a drink in public, just don't make a scene, right!) It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely beautiful and breathtaking in the day and best view for sunset. I definitely say it's a not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just outside the Gion neighborhood, we walked down the stairs to the river level for a 15 minutes walk along it and enjoyed it. On one side we could see groups of people and couples, on the other side the restaurants and tea houses. We did a U turn when the area did not have much public lighting and stated... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kamogawa River (kamo translates as duck and gawa translates as river), the water is clear and water level was low, we could see the rocks at the bottom of the river. As we were there in autumn, the weather was amazing. It is a place where we could sit by the river bank and watch the day goes by.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a nice river, not beautiful but lovely for a stroll along the riverbanks during the day when it is peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Good to take a stroll along in the evening, you see children playing by the lake, diners dining around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Loved it, it is a wonderfull place to walk. Fresh clear water, you can even see the fish in the river. Here you can see some families walking their dog, or catching some small fish. I wish I could go back.

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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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