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The river running in the residential area

Shirakawa River

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Shirakawa River Main
Shirakawa River is one of Kyoto’s main rivers and leads from South of Heian shrine to North of Gion area. Along Shirakawa Minami street, a five minutes away from Keihan Gion-shijo station, is the best place to view historic Kyoto residential houses and the aesthetic river together. There is Chion-in temple walking to the north, it also has a different sight and atmosphere. Stone bridges are over the river at regular intervals for neighbors to cross. The nearest stations are subway tozai-line Hig...moreashiyama and Keihan Gion-shijo, how about taking a walk as you travel?
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This is my favorite river! The river basin before Chion-in temple is often used to shoot a drama. Although I haven’t encountered yet, I come here repeatedly to see some day.
Tatsumi Bridge with cherry blossom
Must See !
Tatsumi bridge with cherry blossom
Tatsumi bridge is a symbol of Shirakawa Minami street. It has been famous for taking a photo, and it’s even more beautiful when cherry blossoms are added in Spring, just like a painting! Opposite to this bridge, a café called Gion Komori, famous for its green tea sundae, is located. If you are lucky, you can have it with a great view.
Must See !
The river front of Chion-in temple
This comes out when you walk along the river to the north from Gion area. Take a rest on the bench at right in the photo to relax listening to the sound of running river. Children in the neighborhood play in the river during summer, it is heartwarming and a place you will see their ordinary life.
Must Do !
Stroll through Shirakawa minami street
Tatsumi bridge is here on Shirakawa minami street. Keep going on this stone pavement, Kamo river is there. Machiya houses are seen between cherry blossom, which is dazzling. Maiko girls often go here too.
Walk Ippon bridge
Must Do !
Walk Ippon bridge
One straight bridge near Chion-in temple. It is said to be a first bridge a monk who has finished the hardest training at Mt. Hiei crosses. It might be a bit scary because it doesn’t have trails, but stand in the center and say cheese!
Manner & Tips
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The whole area is the Traditional building preservation area. Please take your rubbish home and keep it beautiful for next visiting.
Shirakawa River Appearance Photo
Shirakawa River
Categories Scenery
Phone None
Address Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Directions ・Gion area (Gion shirakawa minami street): 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gion Shijo Stn.
・Near Chion-in Temple area: 3-minute walk from Kyoto Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Stn.
Hours Does not close
Reservations None
Closed Does not close
Fee Free
Credit cards None
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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It is easily accessible, and there are a lot to see nearby such as Yasaka shrine and Nanzen-ji temple. It’s recommended for taking pictures.
Information Japanese only
Languages spoken No staff at the location
Shirakawa River None Free -1/3

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