Kami river is an important place in Kyoto, as it gives beautiful views and is a cooling influence in this hot city in the summer. Near Gion, there is the riverbank site of the origin of Kabuki, and the statue of Izumo no Okuni. Across the river, restaurants extend outwards from Pontocho and Kiyamachi Dori to catch the cooling breeze off the river.
Further north, there are stepping stones and mock turtles where the Kamo meets the Takano. The Kamo has been tamed with concrete and runs straight, but it can be wild after a heavy rain in the hills, and you will see birds hunting fish amongst the reeds.
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