Uji River
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The area
Neighbourhood: Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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Tom B
Melbourne, Australia1,704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Several bridges span the river. Make sure to wander around and visit the little island as well. We saw ducks and a heron on the water.
Written 31 December 2022
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Uji River ran along the center of city with many tea houses by the riverside. It was one of tourist attraction and recommended to have green tea tasting at one of the shops along the shopping street.
Written 9 December 2019
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leanneandtony
Cairns, Australia467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The river looks great in november with all the maple leaves turning red. Walk along the main street selling the famous tea and down to the river. Several original japanese restaurants overlooking the river.

15 minutes walk from the train station.

Worth a visit
Written 22 November 2019
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chicago90Phoenix
phoenix1,266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Come enjoy river views; temples on both sides. A couple of interesting bridges with scenic overlooks.
Written 16 November 2019
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GregoryTan_SG
Singapore, Singapore1,037 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The river is very wide and runs rapidly. This river is not a tourist attraction.

Near the Keihan train station and will pass by this place if you going to the famous temple
Written 13 October 2019
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Damien-and-Sonia
Sydney, Australia146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Uji is almost like a Kyoto suburb to the south. You willl go through it on the train to Nara and probably not give it much thought. We did as we found there was an evening attraction of traditional fishing with Cormorant birds on the river. Take the Nara train line about 25 mins south from Kyoto. On the northern side of the station is a real slice of suburban life with a small shopping centre baout 20 mins walk away. There;s a bit of an odd but large harware/houshold/pet...... just about everyihting store there that is pretty cool for getting lcoal products you might like (not food) and there's a few stores upstairs as well, including a electronincs store with local prices, that are slightly better than in town. After that adventure, we wandered back to the south side and the river. This side is older and more traditional in its construction and after 10 mins we were at the river. There is a lovely Buddhist temple by the river and is great to walk along the bank. Uji is a surprise as there is a lot to do on the south side I regret not having researched it more. Unfortunately, there had been a lot of rain recently and the river had risen and was moving fast so the Cormorant fishing had been cancelled. Despite the disapointement, Uji made up for it with a lovely riverside and,I reallly hate to say this but, the most beautiful bloody Starbucks you could ever have a coffee in!
Written 7 August 2019
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therisious
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Alighting from the train station, it will take you about 5 min walk to reach the Uji river.

It's nice to stroll across and along this river. On the bridge, you can see the remants of history and greatness of this river.

You will not miss this when going to Byodo-in Temple.
Written 5 July 2019
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davehoppy
Perth, Australia98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Pretty little spot to take a walk along as we did on the way to the main shrines.
People exercising, practising in dragon boats on the inner channel and the cage with the fishing cormorants are kept here during the day.
Quiet but a very pretty little town which is really well set out for the tourist.
Written 11 May 2019
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Jay H
Singapore, Singapore347 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Further south of main kyoto station (30min direct trip will land you at this origins of Green Tea) , there are still tourists but not as many as those terrifying ones u saw at Kyoto station/Arashiyama etc

Byodoin Temple - a Unesco site of that area but since i have done alot of temples, decided to save the 600Y instead. Furthermore, from outside, its perimeter, you can still view the phoenix structure/rooftop

From the train station to its "shopping street" there are plenty of stores that sell green tea related products as well as soft-serve ie Ice-cream!!!! there is a tourism board around there too(u will never get lost as it is too ez to maneuver there)
the best is to sit into any of the teahouse and have a meal at the riverside, it is so calm and do your people/boat-watching as long as u wanted!!!

Shopping wise- some of the bigger name shops are also available in the cities or airport, just that variety is limited...if u want a larger variety of items, this is the place of green tea items
Also, if u feel cold and wanna a green tea latte or hot drink, most of the bigger shops offer u a good seat with takeaway cups too

From some photos shown online, it seemed that the river appeared nicer (or more romantic) at Night! with lighting (so if u r not a shopping-person, go at nite pls!!!)

3.5 Stars!
Written 17 April 2019
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Mach
226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
It’s wonderful to hear the river sound and it brings you a peaceful mind when walking along the river. You will find some birds helping to catch the fish like in ancient time.
Written 9 February 2019
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