Down the river in a boat in Kyoto
Visitors to Kyoto and Nara almost always focus their activities to visiting temples, shrines and castles. Of course, that’s why people visit these beautiful locations and there’s nothing wrong with that. For something just a little different, consider taking a two hour drift boat down the Hozukawa River. The starting point is near the Kameoka City JR Station, which is about 20 minutes by train from the Kyoto Station. And the dock is a five or ten minute walk from the station. There are prominent signs leading the way from the station. And if you’re lost, the information center at the station will point the way.
The river drift is mostly placid with a few sections of rapids and very small elevation changes. It is not a dangerous drift. Each boat has two crewmen. One mans the oar to steer the boat while the other mans the pole to keep the boat from colliding with the rocks in the river.
All photos were taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor AFS 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens. [Note: recommend that you use a polarizing filter on the river as the glare is prominent. I didn’t.]