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Enjoy the night along Takase River

Takase River

/ 高瀬川
Takese river is an artificial river made for transporting rice and sake from Kyoto’s center to Fushimi area in the south. It had been utilized for 300 years from 1611 to 1929. At present, it runs about 10km from Nijo street, or south of Kyoto imperial palace, to the south. Along the river, it has many restaurants and cafes, and is popular as a pleasure street. The basin of Shijo street is recommended as they are open late. Today I’m going to introduce this river separately with 4 parts. Please e...morenjoy dinner and coffee shops we selected.
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My favorite part of the river is from Gojo street to Shichijo street. Cherry blossom standing both sides reflects on the water, this is artistic! The same art cannot be seen again because of nature, so must take a picture!
Nijo Street: Ichino-funairi
Must See !
Nijo Street: Ichino-funairi
This is a start point of Takase river. The re-created boat floats, it carried supplies to the locals. Funairi, a place boats leave, is used to load cargo and change the direction. It has an atmosphere just like still in duty!
*Must Visit: Kappo Yamashita
Legitimate Kyoto cuisine is served by a friendly chef
The north of Hankyu Line Kawaramachi stn.
Must See !
The north of Hankyu Line Kawaramachi stn.
This area is a hot place as night city. Along Takase river is famous for cherry blossom and illuminated with leaking lights from restaurants. This is as beautiful as fantasy.
Must Visit: BAR Sand
Glasses are tidied up as jewelry, get intoxicated with sake.
Must Do !
Walk down from the Hankyu Line Kawaramachi stn.
Here you can find shops renovated from old Japanese houses. Standing at edge of the water reminds you of Venice, Italy, the lagoon city. People get thin as you go down, which is great to walk.
Must Visit: Kawa Café
Kamo river also goes parallel with Takase river, enjoy both rivers with coffee.
Cross a connecting bridge
Must Do !
Cross a connecting bridge
Between Keihan Gojo station and Shichijo station, the river runs in the cherry blossom trees. The bridge in the photo is made with rope and wood plate. It’s shaky! This helps people and their lives.
Must Visit: Kaikado Café
How about you have tea at Kaikado café? Kaikado is the oldest tea container shop in Japan.
Manner & Tips
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Although you can go close to the river freely with steps, be careful not to fall.
Takase River Appearance Photo
Takase River
Categories Scenery
Phone None
Address Downton area in Kyoto
Directions ・Ichino-funairi: 5-minute walk from Kyoto Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stn.
・BAR Sand: 5-minute walk from Keihan Line Gion-shijo Stn.
・Kawa Café: 8-minute walk from Hankyu Line Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours Does not close
Reservations None
Closed Does not close
Fee Free
Credit cards None
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Description boards are along the river in English, Chinese and Korean. It is easy access.
Information Information boards are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean
Languages spoken No staff at the location
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