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Hozugawa River Boat Ride

2 Hozucho Shimonakajima, Kameoka 621-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 771-22-5846
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Perfect for a hot sunny day

You get to spend a couple of hours on a scenic river with a few very gentle rapids from Kameoka... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Haifa, Israel
via mobile
Nice alternative to Sagano

Try the historical way to reach Sagano by river Beautiful scenery across. bridges, forests... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bernard W
Hong Kong, China
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  • Average9%
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2 Hozucho Shimonakajima, Kameoka 621-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 771-22-5846
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You get to spend a couple of hours on a scenic river with a few very gentle rapids from Kameoka (easily reachable by JR train) to Arashiyama where there's lots of stuff to see and do (Monkey park, Tenryuji temple and Bamboo forest). An enjoyable...More

Thank dlisbona
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try the historical way to reach Sagano by river Beautiful scenery across. bridges, forests, monkeys... Japanese speaking staffs only but enough attractions along the 90 mins trip to make the trip memorable

Thank Bernard W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This boat trip provided an excellent break from Shrines and Temples - it is a great way to arrive in Arashihama (note: there is a fantastic café with great Italian style take away coffee not far from the disembarkation spot) The valley was beautiful and...More

3  Thank Tiger05
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This boat ride is interesting and I would have given 5 stars if there is translation rather than all introduction in Japanese. It is better to keep warm as it can get very cold at times.

Thank Jacglan9
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We were there in March. It was cold. The website said that the boats are heated. They were not. It was so extremely cold! We almost didn't do this, but since it was supposed to be heated, we went for it. Also, they packed people...More

Thank Nicolelynnbenton8
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We sat on the front row and it was a fun ride. They provided us a large plastic cover because at some points, water splashed into the boat and onto the passengers sitting in front. We got water on our faces and hair but we...More

Thank ryu0803
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The boats are timed to leave on the hour from Kameoka, but it is better to get there about half a hour before. You fill in a quick form and swap it for a ticket when you pay, and then they call your name and...More

2  Thank johnnychips
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A fun and easy white water ride down to Arashiyama with very vibrant Japanese boat men giving commentary in Japanese. Not a real white water experience but enough to make a splashly ride. Beautiful river views of the cherry blossoms and lots of wildlife from...More

1  Thank AngelwWings
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Would recommend. Even though the cherry blossom wasn't out yet the ride still had some beautiful scenery. Can imagine it will be spectacular with the Sakura in full bloom or in the autumn. Mild rapids added an occasional thrill and the boat men were lively...More

Thank Hattie L
Reviewed 21 March 2017

For each person is JPY 4100, I will suggest everyone to buy the shuttle bus ticket (which will take you from train station (亀岡駅) to boat station). It is very nice experience, even there was no cherry flower when I took the boat, but the...More

Thank Jia Rung L
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We will be in Kyoto at the end of January. Will the weather be suitable for this boat ride?
29 December 2016|
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Response from gracefulflirt | Reviewed this property |
Japanese winters are usually blue skies. Why not explore the scenery? Just be sure to dress warmly! The water will not touch you unless someone sitting at the end of the row does not pull up the splash guard!
Hi there =) May I ask, if I reach the Bamboo Forest around afternoon, will there be many people there? I'm planning to go on a weekday. My initial plan was to go to the Bamboo Forest early in the morning presumably when there aren't many people, but I decided to take the Hozugawa cruise and after reading, its best to go there early as the tickets are only available there/might be sold out/unsure which boat will I get and what time. Alternatively, do you think it would be a good idea to go to the Bamboo Forest in the morning instead and afterwards take a train to get to the cruise? Hope someone can enlighten me =) Thanks in advance!
28 October 2016|
Response from gracefulflirt | Reviewed this property |
Hello! There were so many tourists at the Bamboo Forest this past July. If you are planning a low season visit, you should be fine. I also was able to find a quieter section off the main path, where I could stop to take... More
Is this a round trip journey or are you dropped off at 'the end'? Thanks!
27 October 2016|
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Response from gracefulflirt | Reviewed this property |
Totally fine to park and make a day trip to Arashiyama. It is a very, small town. There was only one restaurant open after 6pm near the train station and large hotel. The casual restaurant was half-full with rickshaw guys... More