Arashiyama & Sagano AttractionsSep. 24, 2015 UPDATE
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A thrilling attraction in beautiful scenery of the great outdoors

Sagano Romantic Train & Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

/ トロッコ列車 & 保津川下り
Sagano Romantic Train: 1st March - December 29th
Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride: All year round
Sagano Romantic Train & Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
It is recommended that when you visit Arashiyama Tourist Sport, you will take part in the Sagano Romantic Train & Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride. The Sagano Romantic Train is a diesel train running though the valleys. From the windows, you can see nature that stays beautiful all year round and picturesque mountain streams running under bridges. A one way trip takes 25 minutes, and the entrance to the Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride is only 20 minutes by bus from Kameoka Torokko Station. Hop on a little...more boat in the middle of the great outdoors, surrounded by mountains. The thrill of descending the fast waters of the mountain river is outstanding. A trip takes around 2 hours. The destination is close to Arashiyama Togetsukyo. From there you can enjoy a delightful stroll in Arashiyama.

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You can relax and have a smooth visit as pamphlets and information is available in foreign languages! Over half of the visitors are from abroad!
The view from Sagano Romantic Train
Must See !
The View From Sagano Romantic Train
The view is beautiful in all seasons. It's resplendent with cherry blossoms in spring, verdant in summer, gorgeous with fall leaves in autumn and magnificently snowy in the winter. The beautiful mountain river is a must-see.
*The photo is from September 2015 with view of beautiful greenery.
The Movements of the Hozu-gawa River Boatmen
Must See !
The Movements Of The Hozu-gawa River Boatmen
The flow of the river during the Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride is mainly calm, but there are 5 or 6 more lively segments. At those times, the 3 to 5 boatmen manipulate rods in cooperation to keep the boat balanced. Their agile movements are quite a sight!
Take a Picture of the Sagano Romantic Train
Must Do !
Take A Picture Of The Sagano Romantic Train
The Sagano Romantic Train has a delightful black, red, and gold in livery and angular form. It’s definitely worth taking a picture of the trains at Torokko Saga Station! It gets busy, so please take care around others and the trains.
Grab a Bite or a Drink from the Shop Boat
Must Do !
Grab A Bite Or A Drink From The Shop Boat
At the end of your Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride, a shop boat selling dumplings, grilled squid, oden, beer, and juice. It’s all the more tasty enjoyed in the cool breeze on your boat. Snacks cost between ¥200 and ¥500, and drinks between ¥200 and ¥400.
Manner & Tips
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[Sagano Romantic Train]

When Sagano Romantic Train is coming up to the platform, you could take some perfect photo shots.
On the other hands, please be considerate to other visitors and not get too close to the train or you would get injured.

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]

Jumping up and down on the boat is dangerous. Please follow the rules, have a seat, and please keep quiet as much as possible on the boat.
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Sagano Romantic Train & Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
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Phone [Sagano Romantic Train]
075-861-7444 (audio guidance by Japanese only)

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
Address [Sagano Romantic Train]
Kurumamichicho, Sagatenryuji ,Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8373

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
Simonakazima, Hozucho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto, 621-0005
Directions [Sagano Romantic Train]
Near JR Train Saga Arashiyama Station

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
8-minute walk from JR Train Kameoka Station
Hours [Sagano Romantic Train]
A train departs every hour from 9am to 5pm

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
March 10 to November 30 - 9:00 / 10:00 / 11:00 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:30
The middle of December 1 to March 9 - 10:00 / 11:30 / 13:00 / 14:30
*Service is irregular on weekends and holidays.
Reservations Accepted
[Sagano Romantic Train]

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
Closed [Sagano Romantic Train]
*Operational on Wednesdays during national holidays, spring holidays, Golden Week, summer holidays, and the autumn leaves viewing season.

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
Open everyday
*Service may be suspended due to high water, etc.
Notes [Sagano Romantic Train]
The nearby station of Kameoka Torokko Station is JR Umahori Station, not JR Kameoka Station.
Fee [Sagano Romantic Train]
Fare (oneway) - adult ¥620 / child ¥310

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
Passage Fare - adult ¥4,100 / child ¥2,700
*Chartered Boat 82,000 (maximum of 17 passengers)
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Brochures in multiple languages are available
Information [Sagano Romantic Train]
Brochures in English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai are available

[Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride]
English and Chinese
Languages spoken Japanese only
Other There are English leaflets available
Sagano Romantic Train & Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride [Sagano Romantic Train] 075-861-7444 (audio guidance by Japanese only) [Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride] 0771-22-5846 [Sagano Romantic Train] Fare (oneway) - adult ¥620 / child ¥310 [Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride] Passage Fare - adult ¥4,100 / child ¥2,700 *Chartered Boat 82,000 (maximum of 17 passengers) 3/3

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