Hozu-Gawa-Kudari /Hozugawa River Boat Ride

Hozu-Gawa-Kudari /Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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Page last updated: Feb, 15, 2019
TOURIST Guide editing dept.
Jason Surguine

The upper course of the Oigawa River flowing through Arashiyama is called the Hozugawa River. In the 1600s, the waterway for transporting goods was renovated by the wealthy merchant Suminokura Ryoi. Because the Hozugawa River was littered with boulders, smaller rocks were hoisted over and then dropped on to these boulders, smashing them up and, thereby, securing the waterway. This is how the Hozugawa River became indispensable in transporting goods to Kyoto and Osaka.
The landscape around Hozukyo Gorge is so captivating that the "Hozugawa Kudari," meaning Hozugawa River boat ride, began for sightseeing purposes in the middle of the Meiji era. Running 16 kilometers from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Hozugawa Kudari is the longest river boat ride in Japan and has been awarded a star on the Michelin · Green Guide. The flow of the river differs depending on the weather and the water level. When the water level is high, the boat zips down the river at a thrilling pace for about 90 minutes. When the water level is low, the ride becomes a gentle 2-hour cruise.
Cherry blossoms in the spring are a sight to behold here, but there are also the singing of Kajika frogs in the summer and harvest colored leaves in the fall to enjoy. In the winter, special boats retrofitted with heated tatami rooms are available for a cozy ride through the riverscape.

Information of Spot Detail


52 Shimo-Nakajima Hozu-cho Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan

Telephone Number


Spot Types


Business Hours

Varies by plan and season
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Regular Holiday

Irregular holidays, December 31st and January 1st
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Adult 4,100 yen, Children from (4 years old to elementary school student) 2,700 yen


8 minute walk from JR Kameoka Station
12 minute bus ride using Keihan Kyoto traffic bus from Kameoka station Sagano Tourist Railway, get off at (Hozu Gawa Kudari), a short walk from the bus stop
40 minute bus ride using Keihan Kyoto Traffic Bus from Hankyu Railway Station, get off at (Hozu Gawa Kudari), a short walk from the bus stop
10 minutes by car from Shino IC of Kyoutojuukan Expressway

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