One of the best ways to explore the Arashiyama area is by renting a boat and rowing around the lovely lower Hozu-gawa area, especially when the cherry blossoms are out.
Along Hozu-gawa river to Arashiyama mountain area: bankerwin / Shutterstock.com
If you walk just a few minutes upriver from the Togetsu-kyo Bridge on the north side of the Hozu-gawa River, you’ll come to a shack where they rent simple rowboats. These are a great favorite with the kids and they’re a good way to get away from the crowds that plague Arashiyama during busy periods.
14-4 Arashiyama Nakaoshita-cho, Nishikyo-ku
9am-4:30pm, last application 3:30pm
9am-3:30pm, last application 2:30pm in winter
The time is subject to change depending on the weather.
Closed on December 31st and January 1st
Price: \1400/hour (Maximum 3 people)
Non-smoking area:: Yes
10min walk from Arashiyama Station, Keifuku Arashiyama line
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