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Boat Ride down the Hozugawa River

The 16-km, 2-hour journey down the river through the mountains from Kameoka to Kyoto's scenic Arashiyama is a thrill not to be missed. Developed by Suminokura Ryoi in 1606 as an industrial waterway for carrying such products as lumber and fuel from the Tamba region to Kyoto, today this river is a well-known tourist attraction in Japan. The valley features rocks of fantastic shapes, including Kagami-iwa (Mirror Rock), Kaeru-iwa (Frog Rock), Byobu-iwa (Screen Rock) and Raion-iwa (Lion Rock), as well as numerous rapids. With the cherry blossoms in the spring, the rock azaleas and green leaves in the summer, colorful leaves in autumn and the snowy landscape in the winter, the beauty of this river valley is something to behold all year around.

Address :
1 Shimo-Nakanoshima, Hozu-cho, Kameoka City
Telephone :
0771-22-58460771-22-2111(Telephone service)
Business Hours :
Boats leave on the hour every hour from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and at 3:30pm. (Between Dec 1st and Mar 9th, boats leave at 10:00 and 11:30 in the morning, and at 1:00 and 2:30 in the afternoon. Departure time is irregular on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and during the tourist season.)
Closed :
Dec 29th - Jan 4th
Access :
10 min walk from JR Line to "Kameoka".
Fee :
General:: 3,900 yen
Children (between the ages of 4 and 12): 2,500 yen

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