Feb. 18, 2019 UPDATE

Kibune no Kawadoko

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PeriodMay 1 - September 30 yearly
Taste the season along the softly murmuring river
In the north of Kyoto lies Kibune. Along the Kibune River every year from May 1st through to the end of summer there are around 20 restaurants with Kawadoko seating above the flowing river. Savor Japanese cuisine made with seasonal ingredients amongst a rich atmosphere soaked in greenery. Located right by the river, temperatures are often 5 to 10 °C cooler than that of the humid central Kyoto. It’s also an excellent area for taking a stroll, such as at nearby Kifune Shrine. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the central city and enjoy a side of Kyoto that’s filled with nature. . ▼Click here for Writer's Blog http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_001/
The Kibune River
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The Kibune River
Flowing through the green countryside, the water of the Kibune River is beautifully clear. In late June, you’ll be able to see fireflies. It is recommended to bring a towel or handkerchief for those who want to go down to the river.
The Stone Steps Of Kifune Shrine
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The Stone Steps Of Kifune Shrine
These steps stretch down from the shrine gate and where the green of the trees contrast beautifully with the red lanterns lining the stairs. The path transforms into a fantastic world when lit up in the evening. The steps are a little steep, so wear shoes that are good for walking.
Eating At a Kawadoko
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Eating At a Kawadoko
Enjoy Japanese cuisine like tempura, grilled fish, and sashimi as you listen to the soothing murmur of the river. You can also soak your feet in the cool waters of the river (it is really quite cool!). During the high season of the summer, be sure to make reservations early.
Water Divination
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Water Divination
Kifune Shrine has Omikuji (fortunes on slips of paper). Printed on white paper, the fortune gradually comes to the surface when you float it on water. Please note that the fortunes are written in Japanese only.
Manner & Tips
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Watch your step as not to get injured when you are near the river. Cooperate in protecting the greenery by putting trash in the garbage bin. 
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When you’re tired from your stroll, have a rest at a riverside cafe. I recommend boosting your sugar levels with something like green tea ice cream. There’s also hot springs available for day trippers!
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Walking by the river or dining at Kawadoko, there might be some insects in the air, so be sure to bring some bug repellent!
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Kibune no Kawadoko / 貴船の川床
Category Cultural Experience
Phone +81 75-741-4444 (Kibune Tourism Association)
Address Near Kibuneguchi Station on the Eizan Electric Railway
Directions 5-minute by bus from Kibuneguchi Station
Open Hours Varies
Reservations Varies
Closed Varies
Notes During the summer high season, be sure to make reservations early
Price range
¥7,000 ~ ¥20,000
Credit cards Varies depending on the restaurant
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English menus available
Information Varies
Lanuages spoken Varies
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