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Hozugawa River Boat Ride

2 Hozucho Shimonakajima, Kameoka 621-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 771-22-5846
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Unexpected highlight

We combined this boat trip with the Sagano romantic railway, travelling in April when the cherry... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome customer service

We decided to try out the tour last minute and without prior research. Unfortunately they were... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Long Beach, California
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The hozugawa-kudari is the best rivever boat ride in Japan.Once on the boat,you will enjoy a 16 kilometer,two hour jouney from Tanba-Kameoka to Arashiyama in Kyoto.Experience the exciting rapids and mysterious deep pools through the ravine in the beautiful seasonal scenery.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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2 Hozucho Shimonakajima, Kameoka 621-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 771-22-5846
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We combined this boat trip with the Sagano romantic railway, travelling in April when the cherry blossoms were out. We loved it, as it was so peaceful and close to nature, a great timeout from the busyness of Kyoto and Arashiyama. The oarsmen seemed to...More

2  Thank Duckbattle
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to try out the tour last minute and without prior research. Unfortunately they were closed for whatever reason. The staff was very apologetic and kind enough to offer a ride back to the JR station. Excellent service! We'll try again next time.

1  Thank acuminh
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Due to winter, the boat was covered with see-through plastic (a necessity to block the cold winter wind and icy water) and warmed by a heater in the middle of the boat. It was a very traditional experience where we had to sit cross-legged while...More

Thank vtshai
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a great break from wandering around Kyoto. You get to watch the scenery go by without walking! It's easy to get there on the JR train and it's a short walk from the station. The boats leave constantly. This is probably NOT a...More

3  Thank Todd2PS
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Our boat crew was apparently hilarious, but I can't say for sure because I don't speak Japanese. Four guys rotated jobs rowing/guiding us down the river with the guy in front as master of ceremonies. There was some physical comedy I caught and they did...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Did the scenic train ride + river ride. Was very excited about this after reading and viewing youtube's video of the river ride. The train ride was scenic, comfortable and enjoyable. After which we needed to take a bus to a destnated place for the...More

4  Thank oliviamummy
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Strongly recommend if you travel to Sagano by scenic railway, taking the boat downstream is one-of-a-kind experience. Traveled in Jun but I can imagine scenery will be the best during autumn.

Thank keeng
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

From the JR Kameoka train station, it took us 10 mins walk to the Hozu-gawa river boat launch area. The sky was blue and the sun was shining down on us mercilessly as we entered the boat. We were made to sit in rows of...More

1  Thank Rictancb
Reviewed 1 July 2017

What a pleasant surprise to find this river boat ride in Arashiyama. Just the thing for a hot afternoon. I was the only English speaker on the boat, so couldn't understand anything that was said by the crew, but it didn't stop me from having...More

Thank Cynthia F
Reviewed 12 June 2017

A brilliant way to spend a couple of hours – gently, for the most part, gliding down the Katsura river surrounded by some very photogenic scenery. I wish I understood more Japanese than I do, as the crew were real characters, and had the passengers...More

Thank Sqeaky_Cheese
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22 October 2017|
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Response from Jacglan9 | Reviewed this property |
You can take JR train to Kameoka station and walk about 7-10 mins to the pier. You can purchase the ticket from there. Do check out the timing of the last boat ride.
29 May 2017|
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Response from JesseGuzman86 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely, we took our 18 month old. They even have some space for a stroller if you have one. The ride is very gentle with only a few places you have told hold on slightly.
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!