Dine, drink, and absorb traditional culture on the banks of Kyoto's scenic main waterway

The banks of the Kamo River are a perfect getaway from the bustle of the city at any time of the day. Join the locals for a morning walk along the river, have a picnic, dine at a nearby restaurant, and explore Pontocho Alley , where traditional culture and geisha still thrive.

Quick Facts

You can also walk across the river on stepping stones at certain points

Stones from the river are used in the glaze of traditional raku pottery

How to Get There

You can easily reach the Kamo River by bus, subway or taxi from Kyoto Station .

The Kamo River stretches throughout Kyoto , with the stretch along the Pontocho area one of the most popular destinations.

A fine destination from dawn until far into the night

During the day, the Kamo River buzzes with activity. People walking their dogs dominate the early morning hours, strolling along the riverside to enjoy the sunrise. They are quickly joined by picnickers soaking up the sunlight. All day long the river is a favorite venue for joggers and cyclists.

Afternoon at the Kamo River

The river and its surrounding area truly come to life in the evening. Lanterns cast bright reflections upon the river's surface and illuminate the streets with their gentle glow.

In the summer, you can have dinner al fresco on the large platforms overlooking the river. From this vantage point, you can gaze out at the distant mountains while basking in the twilight beauty of the city.

After dinner, take a stroll along the riverbank, with the illumination of lanterns and streetlights creating a timeless and romantic memory of Kyoto . Make time to explore the Pontocho district , which offers a glimpse into life in a past age of elaborately dressed geisha, refined performances, and subtlety.

The Kamo River at dusk

You can stroll along the length of the Kamo River in less than an hour, but having a picnic on the banks or patronizing one of the cafes that dot the riverbanks near the Pontocho area is a more enjoyable and memorable option.

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