Kyoto has many places to visit. There are 17 World Heritage Sites in and around Kyoto. Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Heian Jingu Shrine, Nijo Castle, the list goes on and on. However, there are also some spots that are not as popular as the destinations mentioned above but are still loved by Kyoto locals.
Kyoto Zoo and Kyoto Botanical Garden are already introduced here. In addition, as explained in 3 Places Kyoto Local Visit To Relax, many people, especially those living in Kyoto, love Kamogawa River. And to be honest, I think this is the best spot in all of Kyoto.
Many people who visit Kamogawa River in Kyoto do so to relax. Some practice their musical instruments, jog, walk, sun bathe, ride a bicycle, or just look at the river. It might be difficult to realize why it is a good idea to visit this river the first time. It is quite understandable. In fact, for those who come to Kyoto for the first time, those popular spots listed in the beginning of this post ought to be prioritized.
However, for those who have visited Kyoto several times or those who simply want to relax, Kamogawa River is a lovely spot to visit. Especially when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, it is just breathtakingly beautiful.
Kamogawa River runs through the east side of Kyoto City. Typically it is very calm except when typhoons hit Kyoto during summer. There are some artificial aspects of the river, but they fit the natural landscape very well.
At a few spots, there are stone steps that look like turtles which can be used to cross the river. These specific places are sometime used in TV dramas.
Access: Since Kamaogawa river runs through Kyoto city, there are countless ways to get there. However, these two specific methods might be especially convenient.
1. Sanjo Ohashi Bridge
Use subway Tozai Line and get off at Sanjo Keihan Station. It is recommended to use Exit 1. For those who want to take a walk with a cup of coffee, there is a Starbucks across the bridge.
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