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Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
    366 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kameokashi Hoduchou Shimonakajima 2
    This thrilling riverboat ride travels approximately 16 kilometers from Kameoka in Tamba to scenic Arashiyama in Kyoto over a period of about two hours. The boat course was originally used as a means to transport materials down the Hozu River to Kyoto and Osaka. The natural and seasonal beauty of the gorge through which the river travels, however, was so great that this section of the river was turned into a boat ride course for tourists in 1895. Veteran boatman use pole, rudder, and oar to guide the vessel, impressively squeezing through rocky stretches. The boat continues to operate even on rainy days, when a tent is erected for the comfort of riders.

    My Husband and I took the Sagano train during the beautiful Hanami season a couple of years ago. This time we got the boat ride as all the train tickets had been snapped up. But it turned to be a...

  • Fushimi Jikkoku Bune / Sanjikkoku Bune
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Minamihamachou 247
    Fushimi, famed since ancient times as one of Japan’s leading drinking spots, also became the site of a launch for boats traveling to Osaka in the Edo period. The Jikkoku bune and Sanjikkoku bune are pleasure boats which bring back the glory days of the port town of Fushimi. The Jikkoku bune leaves from just south of the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, the Sanjikkoku bune from south of Teradaya. The Jikkoku bune leaves every 20 minutes, the Sanjikkoku bune every hour.
  • Ine Bay Sightseeing Boat
    75 Reviews
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    Kyoto Yosaguninechou Hide 11
    This sightseeing boat plies Ine Bay in Yosa County, Kyoto Prefecture. The roughly 25-minute cruise around the bay takes in scenery of funaya fishermen's houses and an unbroken view of the sea. Yaki chikuwa (grilled tube-shaped fish paste cakes) are a popular specialty available from the ferry terminal's Hide-baiten Shop. You can also buy feed to give to the seagulls.

    Ine Bay Boat Tours - if the weather cooperates, it is a must do. Honestly, it is supposed to scenic view of the boathouses. These houses have a boatport (carport except for boats) attached to each...

  • Amanohashidate Tour Boat
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju 466
    A sightseeing cruise from Miyazu to Fuchu via Monju that offers a great view of the Amanohashidate land bridge. It's a pine covered stretch that connects the Fuchu and Monju region and the boat trip takes approximately 12 minutes. Feeding seagulls while enjoying the pine trees of Amanohashidate is on top of your list.
  • Amanohashidate Wannai Sea Route
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju 466
  • Maiduru Wanmeguriyuransen
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    Kyoto Maidurushi Kitasui Higashimaizuru harbor

Kyoto Areas


Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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