The Kamogawa River is one of Kyoto’s representative rivers, running north to south through the city for about 23 km.
Riverbeds called “Nouryou-Yuka”, or “Kawayuka”, usually appear on the Kamogawa River from May to September (possibly extended).

Sanjo Bridge over the Kamogawa River
Sanjo Ohashi Bridge

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Kamogawa River and Nouryou-Yuka
Nouryou-Yuka appears in Summer

Nouryou-Yuka is one of the most popular summer festivals and has been a part of Kyoto’s culture since the Edo period (1603-1868).
Restaurants and cafes that offer a wide variety of food and drinks, including Kyoto cuisine and Japanese food, are set up outdoors overlooking the Kamogawa River.

You can search for restaurants and cafes operating on Nouryou-Yuka at the following website.

Kyoto Kamogawa Nouryou-Yuka – 京の風物詩 鴨川納涼床への誘い

In this way the Kamogawa River is not only a place for Kyoto citizens to relax, but also a place for tourists to enjoy the Kyoto-like atmosphere.

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Kamogawa River (鴨川)


Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto city, Kyoto 600-8012 (Shijo Ohashi Bridge)


Right next to Gion Shijo Station.
1 minute walk from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station, Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop and Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop.


(Keihan Electric Railway) Gion Shijo Station
Keihan Main Line

(Hankyu Railway) Kyoto-kawaramachi Station
Kyoto Line

Shijo Keihan-mae (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus

Shijo Kawaramachi (bus stop)
Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus