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Walking the Kamo-Gawa

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Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Hello.

In sakura season, is any section of the river nicer than anywhere else to walk? Less crowded, more picturesque etc?

Is the east side nicer than the west for example? Or all the same?

I'll probably be staying in Gion, so is the section of the Kamo there on the east side nice to walk?

Any smaller canals (besides the Philosophers Path) that are also lovely in sakura season?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Kamo-gawa River east of Subway Karasuma Line's Kitaoji Station is a good place to visit with Kyoto Botanical Garden in the Cherry Blossom season, and also good to visit before you go to Kinkakuji Temple by a bus or a short ride of Taxi from the Kitaoji Station.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3951.html

Kamo-gawa River north of Keihan Railway's Demachiyanagi Station and Shimogamo Shrine is also a good place as follows.

https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/2430/

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2. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

I often walk in the west side.

Personally, I like places with turtle shaped stones near Demachi-yanagi station.

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You can walk across.

Although it is another canal, it is quite crowded but it is recommended around the Tatsumi bridge of Gion Shirakawa. (Especially at night)

https:/…shirakawa-dori-kyoto

In addition, it is recommended to walk from Lake Biwa Canal (here also the place of cherry blossom) from Keage incline (Sakura's place) near Nanzenji. I walked from here and saw the cherry blossoms in the garden at Heian Shrine.

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/lake-biwako-canal/

https:/…19261

I have never been there, but the Yamashina hydrophobic seems to be good as well.

…biwako-visitors.jp/gobiwako/…

You can also move by boat.

http://www.biwako-sosui.jp/

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3. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Thank you so much, mabei and haro.

I will look at all your links and work out a walking route.

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4. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

You should not be under illusions that there are "insider" cherry blossom sites that have no crowds. Kamogawa, because it has open spaces, are likely to have places staked out and saved for a group experience (lots of eating and drinking not so much gazing). But I wouldn't worry. If at the height blossoms are everywhere. I like Maruyama Park in Kyoto, but my favorite is the Mint in Osaka....but crowded.

I used to live in Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture, but shhhh our neighborhood, Shukugawa, is a great cherry blossom viewing spot especially among locals, including foreign locals.

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5. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

You can bike along the Kamogawa - great fun and you can cover a lot of ground easily and stop when you want to view whatever...

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6. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Thanks Liars.

I like the idea of lots of eating and drinking at sakura time, even if it's crowded.

hfot, if I decided on a bike ride, where would you suggest I hire a bike from?

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7. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Where in Kyoto would you be staying? Some hotels have free bike rental. Some rental shops here:

https:/…

If you want to avoid huge crowds, go to Takano River. The Kamogawa forks at Demachiyamagi to 2 rivers. Everybody goes to Kanogawa side and fewer people to Takano River side. But Nakaragi Path on Kamogawa near the Botanical Garden is a must, so I guess you need to go to Kamogawa side anyway.

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8. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

I'll probably be staying in Gion, not exactly sure yet. I like the Ethnography hotels, possibly Shinmonzen. Thanks for the bike rental link.

I've heard of that delta (and have seen pictures) up at Demachiyamagi. Pictures look very nice. I'll look into the Takano side as well. Thanks.

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9. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

<<hfot, if I decided on a bike ride, where would you suggest I hire a bike from?>>

We've rented quite a few times from KCTP

See Shibuyakko's link.

Which location depends on the location of your hotel.

Enjoy.

btw - we have never felt the need for electric assist bikes. We do bring our helmets from home whenever we visit.

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10. Re: Walking the Kamo-Gawa

Thank you.

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