It has been a while since I updated on this blog, recently I had been more active on little snippets on my travel diary at my instagram account. I realized that I missed some locations at Kyoto. In today’s post I would like to introduce you this beautiful river at Kyoto.
The Hozu River or “Hozugawa” in Japanese was originally used to transport logs that were used to build many of Kyoto and Osaka’s beautiful temples and castles. The river was used for boats to carry food supplies and other necessity during the Edo period until the technologies catch up and trains and trucks eventually made river transport obsolete, and operations ceased after several hundred years of use. However, the boats were brought back and eventually became popular as a sightseeing attraction as a cruise.
The river begins near Kameoka, in the mountains, a town northwest of Kyoto City. It snakes into the Arashiyama section of western Kyoto before changing its name to Katsura River.
The Hozu River is considered scenic, and is known primarily for its association with Hozugawa Kudari, literally “down the Hozu river”, a sightseeing whitewater boat that goes downstream from Kameoka to Arashiyama. Hozugawa Kudari is especially popular in the fall, when the Japanese Maple leaves change colors, and in the Spring, when the sakura, or Japanese cherry tree, blooms. The trip usually takes about two hours.
The river cruises are often combined with a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway.
The boats at Hozugawa river, this type of boats is called “Pleasure boats”
Cruises are offered year round, but are particularly popular from mid November to early December when the leaves change color. The boats are heated in winter and operate during light rain (they will be covered in a plastic tent), but service is canceled in case of heavy rain or large changes in the water level.
Other scenic view of the river also can be enjoyed from Togetsukyo Bridge which also known as “Moon Crossing Bridge”, it is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark.
There is a look out point from the trail leading to the hill overlooking the river. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the river from this location.
Or you can just simply enjoy the view by waking along the river itself. There are other water activities available such as rafting and canoeing depending on the season.
Saw this little pooch at one of the shrine waiting patiently while it’s owner visit the shrine for prayers, without leash, so adorable! Next is Arashiyama Bamboo Garden.
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