The Takase River is a nice place to spend a night or two enjoying Kyoto’s nightlife
The Takese River is an artificial river made for transporting rice and sake from Kyoto’s center to Fushimi area in the south. It was used for over 300 years from 1611 to 1929. At present, it runs about 10km from Nijo street, south of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, to the south. Along the river there are many restaurants and cafes. The basin of the river close to Hankyu Kawaramachi station is an especially popular spot as many of the restaurants there are open late. If you want to enjoy nightlife in Kyoto, I recommend going to the Takase River at night! This time I am going to introduce to you the river in four parts. I have carefully selected every restaurant and café so I am sure you will enjoy!
Nijo Street: Ichino-funairi
This is the starting point of the Takase River. There is a replica boat floating on the river, just like the ones they used to use to transport rice and sake. Funairi is a place where the boats can be offloaded and turned; the place looks like it could be still used today! *Must Visit: Kappo Yamashita Authentic Kyoto cuisine served by a friendly chef.
North Side of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
This area is a popular nightlife spot. The Takase River is famous for its cherry blossoms, and the lights from the restaurants lining the river make the scene look fantastic. *Must Visit: BAR Sand Drinking sake here, watching the glasses lining the bar glisten like jewels; you may start to have some narcissistic thoughts.
Walk South from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
Here you can find shops and restaurants renovated from old Japanese houses. Standing on the edge of the water reminds you of Venice, Italy. There are fewer people as you keep walking down the river, so the area is great for a leisurely walk. *Must Visit: Kawa Café Have a cup of coffee here while watching the Kamo River that runs parallel with the Kawase River.
Cross a connecting bridge
Between Keihan Gojo and Shichijo stations, the river runs between the cherry blossom trees. The bridge in the photo is a rope bridge that shakes when you walk on it. It is interesting to think that many locals have to cross this bridge every day. *Must Visit: Kaikado Café How about a cup of tea at the oldest tea caddy shop in Japan?
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There are stone steps by the river that are great for taking pictures. Just take care not to fall into the river!
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Takase River / 高瀬川
|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.|
|Open Hours||Does not close|
|Closed||Does not close|
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|
|Lanuages spoken||No staff at the location|