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The Kamo River, an indispensable part for the history of Kyoto

Kamo River

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Kamo River Main
The Kamo River is a recreation spot for the citizens of Kyoto. You’ll see many  joggers, couples, or families along the river bank. The river is also a good place to see cherry blossoms many people visit the riverside to celebrate it. While it is a peaceful area, Kamo River has seen a history of Kyoto for 1,200 years. The Shijo bridge, near the entertainments district, is over the lower river. Its east side. Gion is famous for Minamiza Kabuki Theater, the birthplace of Kabuki. North of Gion is t...morehe Sanjo Bridge whose rails have had a sword mark inflicted during the Ikedaya Incident (1864). Walking along the river, you’ll often spot fish swimming in the river and seagulls flying up above. This Kyoto-special that you can feel the history at refreshing spots while walking.
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I can not tell you the culture Kyoto has refined without Kamo River. Thanks to its high-quality water, Japan’s first commercial drinking water was sourced from this developing tea ceremony and tofu-making. I'm about to learning the tea ceremony, so I must thank the Kamo River for its good-quality water.
Shijo bridege
Must See !
Shijo bridege
The Shijo Bridge connects the Gion area with the Kawaramachi, the busy shopping area. Cross the bridge and head straight Minamiza Theater, the birthplace of Kabuki theater comes out on the right. the Yasaka Shrine at the end of street. The river banks under the bridge are hot spots for people taking walks or couples on a date and  popular as a recreation area for both tourists and Kyoto residents alike. Enjoy your time along the river.
Sanjo bridge
Must See !
Sanjo bridge
The Sanjo Bridge comes into view as you walk to the north from the Shijo bridge. What I’d like you note is the black mark that looks like a thin eye on the upper part of the bridge’s second pillar, counting from the west. It is said that the mark was caused by a samurai sword during the Ikedaya incident (A special police of government called Shinsen-gumi attacked Choshu and Tosa clan) in 1864. The history has been here in Kyoto.
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Take a break around a delta
Head to the north about three kilometers from the Shijo Bridge, and a delta is there. It is is located just at the south of Shimogamo Shrine. The riverbank has public benches, and on sunny days, the area is lively with people enjoying picnics. The left and right banks of the delta are connected with stepping stones, which are small but much-loved attraction, enjoyed by both children and adults crossing over, back and forth. You’ll see such animal shaped stones as turtles and plover birds on the ...moreway, so you’ll probably stop to take a shot.
Eat out at Yuka (riverside outdoor dining ) in summer
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Eat out at Yuka (riverside outdoor dining ) in summer
During the summer season (May 1st–end of September), the restaurants along the Kamo River set up yuka (riverside outdoor dining) and serve meals. This is a Kyoto summer tradition that has continued since the Edo era (1603–1868). There are more than 90 yuka for 2 kilometers from Nijo Street to Gojo street, or the south of Kyoto Imperial Place to the south. Highlight and look are standardized to create an aesthetic space.
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Manner & Tips
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While eating and drinking are permitted along the banks of the Kamo River, you are expected to take your rubbish home with you. I am sure that you want others to have good memories of this beautiful natural space.
Kamo River Appearance Photo
Kamo River
Categories Scenery
Phone None
Address It runs from north to south of Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Directions ・Shijo bridge: 1 minute-walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijo Stn.
・Sanjo bridge: 1 minute-walk from Subway Tozai Line Sanjo Stn.
・A Delta: 1 minute-walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanagi Stn.
・Yuka: It is recommended to walk from the Gion Shijo or Sanjo Stn. since the main area is around there.
Hours Does not close
Reservations Not accepted
Closed None
Fee None
Credit cards None
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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A place where you can enjoy a sense of unity with nature. It's also a good place to visit after temples close.
Information Some Information boards are available in English.
Languages spoken No staff at location
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