The cherry blossoms at the Kamo River are exceptionally beautiful in spring
The Kamo River is a popular recreation spot for the citizens of Kyoto. You’ll see many joggers, couples, and families along the river bank. The river is also a good place to see cherry blossoms and many people visit the riverside to admire them. While it is a peaceful area, the Kamo River has been overseeing the history of Kyoto for 1,200 years. The Shijo Bridge, near the entertainments district, is over the lower part of the river. On its east side is Gion, famous for Minamiza Kabuki Theater, the birthplace of Kabuki. North of Gion is the Sanjo Bridge whose rails have a sword mark said to have been inflicted during the Ikedaya Incident (1864). Walking along the river, you’ll often spot fish swimming in the river and seagulls flying up above. Walking here you can feel the history of Kyoto while taking a leisurely stroll.