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Hozugawa River Boat Ride

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Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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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...more
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2 Hozucho Shimonakajima, Kameoka 621-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 771-22-5846
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We found this boat ride very peaceful and lovely scenery going down the river. It was around 1 hour and 45 mins and not the full 2 hours but that was enough, any longer would be too long. The tour guide is in Japanese but...More

Thank rhiannonllewelyn
Reviewed 1 September 2018

We took the Sagano Romantic Train and decided to go back down the river with this very expensive 2 hour boat ride. The ride was rather bumpy. We shared the ride with a Hong Kong family and they were really noisy. Other than that, the...More

Thank celestayk
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We took the romantic train to Kameoka and the boat ride from there back. Though the ride was a bit too long, 1.5-2hrs, it was fun, beautiful and peaceful scenery. Guides do not speak English; still nice experience.

Thank Tessa-TrangLe
Reviewed 8 August 2018

so overrated! the ride was just average and the boatmen only speak Japanese so we couldn't appreciate his commentary/stories(?) Okay to do as otherwise there's nothing else more interesting in the Arashiyama area.

Thank sarah_tan
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Numerous wonderful compliments have been said about the cruise. Indeed, the River Cruise is fun, as there are numerous photo-taking opportunities along the way, coupled with several rapids which would give you the thrills. The boat ride is indeed a rare experience, one in which...More

Thank Duperman
Reviewed 11 June 2018

I can´t say how much we loved this! The waters are crystal clear and the forest around you is peaceful and of incredible beauty. You can see small fishes through the water and some ducks coming and going. I highly recommend taking the small boats...More

3  Thank Mariel1908
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Top Tip: Check the weather in advance so you don't end up having to take the boat in the rain like we did. Make sure you buy a one-way ticket if you are taking the scenic train from the JR Saga-Arashiyama station area. This is...More

1  Thank thngk2016
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We spent a great afternoon on the Hozugawa River Boat ride. While the guides spoke no English, it didn’t make us feel any less welcome. We communicated with lots of smiles and laughter. The scenery is amazing, the water crystal clear, we are so glad...More

Thank bron2008
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Perfect mix of relaxation and excitement! About 90 minutes of beautiful scenery and gags from the crew! Easily accessible, just take the JR train to Kameoka and then follow the signs to the departing station!

Thank mxdeng
Reviewed 25 May 2018

This was not a planned trip for the boat ride for us. We read up the tour guide book and saw the train, then right next to the train ticket counter, there is this boat ride package. We bought the train ticket first, then when...More

3  Thank Run_ar0und
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30 June 2018|
Response from Run_ar0und | Reviewed this property |
Its about 10-15 mins walk back to the train station. There is a map when you get off the boat. The river ends besides the back of the temples.
Isya E
23 November 2017|
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Response from RichardTanChaiBoon | Reviewed this property |
I noted that you are a Singaporean like me and I would think that anything below 10 deg Celsius will be considered cold for us. Do check on the day to day weather forecast as it varies. Nevertheless, it will be prudent to... More
29 October 2017|
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Response from dlisbona | Reviewed this property |
Probably possible. I suggest enquiring with the Kyoto tourist office
22 October 2017|
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Response from Bernard W | Reviewed this property |
Not a package But do ask your hotel to check for you if earlier rides are already occupied by group booking
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.