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May. 11, 2020 UPDATE

Kamo River

- 鴨川 -
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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.
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Some Information boards are available in English.
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Downtown Scenery Popular
8587 149 9.4 3 reviews
May. 11, 2020 UPDATE

Kamo River

- 鴨川 -
Traveler Friendly
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
Downtown Scenery Popular
8587 149 9.4 3 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Kamo River – Exceptional Cherry Blossoms, Kabuki and Riverside Chats
In Kyoto, the Kamo River is one of, if not the most popular hang out spot in the entire city.
Walking along its banks, you’ll see joggers, bike riders, couples and families.
In spring, the river also becomes one of the best places to admire Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms as the riverbanks fill with the dainty pink petals.
While it’s a rather subdued, peaceful place today,, the Kamo River has been overseeing Kyoto for over 1,200 years, so has seen quite a bit in its day.
Sitting slightly lower down on the river on downtown Kyoto’s largest shopping street, the Shijo Bridge connects the Gion district in the east and Shijo-dori in the west.
You’ll more than likely cross this bridge at some point during your time in Kyoto as the Gion district, known for the famous Minamiza Kabuki Theater, the birthplace of Kabuki, is one of the city’s central most sightseeing spots.
North of the Gion and the Shijo Bridge is the Sanjo Bridge whose rails have a sword mark said to have been inflicted during a fight between the Shinsengumi special police force and ronin samurai in the 1864 Ikedaya Incident.
Walking along the river, you’ll often spot fish swimming in the river and birds flying above – however, watch out if you plan on having a picnic by the river as hawk-like black kites are known to try swoop in on whatever you’re eating.
The Kamo River is more than anything a wonderful place to feel both the history of this ancient city and take a load off after a long day of sightseeing in the east or shopping in the west.
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Aug. 10, 2017
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