Hozugawa River Boat Ride｜保津川下り
A trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without exploring the city’s gorgeous natural scenery, and one of the best ways to do this is to take a short train trip to the neighboring city of Kameoka and board the Hozugawa Kudari boat ride! This popular river route has a rich history dating back more than 400 years and offers visitors a chance to enjoy a leisurely and entertaining boat ride through one of Kyoto’s most beautiful areas.
Taking approximately two hours to travel 16 kilometers down the Hozugawa river between Kameoka and the well-known sightseeing area Arashiyama, the Hozugawa Kudari boat ride costs 4,100 yen for adults and 2,700 yen for children aged 4-12. Though most of the river provides a smooth, calming journey, there are a few rapids that supply some additional excitement along the way, and depending on the season you can enjoy cherry blossoms, vivid greenery, fall colors, and even snow! With the trip narrated by jaunty boatmen ready to point out local ravine wildlife, historical spots, comically shaped rocks, and good photograph spots, as well as to explain the finer points of boat steerage, you’ll be in good hands until you reach land once more.
The Hozugawa Kudari route was used for transporting lumber as far back as the 8th century, and after the river was widened by a wealthy merchant Suminokura Ryōi in the early 1600s, it served to ship rice and other goods all the way to the Port of Osaka. Even today you can see the remains of the paths along the river that the boatmen once had to trek every day, hauling their vessels back upstream by rope! Sightseeing took over the route once modern transportation dominated the shipping industry, and now approximately 300,000 tourists ride the Hozugawa Kudari every year.
- General: ¥4,100
- Children (4-12 years old): ¥2,700
- Check the tickets and timetable information at the Hozugawa River Boat Ride official website.
- JR San-in Line ⇒ Kameoka Station ⇒ 7 minutes walking
- Torokko Saga Station ⇒ Torokko Kameoka Station ⇒ 30 minutes walking
- Torokko Saga Station ⇒ Torokko Kameoka Station ⇒ 6 minutes walking ⇒ Umabori Station (JR San-in Line) ⇒ Kameoka Station ⇒ 7 minutes walking