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Hozukyo is a valley of approximately 16 km, following the Hozu river from Kyoto's Kameoka area until Arashiyama. It is a popular tourist spot, featuring Hozugawa Kudari boat tours, the Sagano trolley train, and rafting. The beauty of the valley can be enjoyed all year round. It was originally constructed by a merchant from Kyoto in 1606 as a canal for material transportation purposes; however, boat tours became popular since the Meiji era and even Japan's famous novelist Souseki Natsume supposedly has been on one. It is registered as Kyoto prefecture's Hozukyo Natural Park.
- Ukyo, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from JR Hozukyo Station or Hozukyo Station on Sagano Kanko Tetsudo Trolley
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half day
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Hozu river boat tour
The main attraction is definitely Hozugawa Kudari, where you can float down the Hozu valley in a small boat. The boat tour, taking every single turn in the Hozu valley that is known to be one of Kyoto's most beautiful valleys, has quite a thrill to it! The prince of England, among other important overseas guests have tried it as well. The boat tour has also been featured many times in old Japanese novels.
Sagano trolley train
As popular as the boat tours is the sightseeing Sagano trolley train. The view of Hozukyo seen from the train that runs along the valley is remarkable and very refreshing. The speed is 25 km/h; endless people enjoy the scenery of the beautiful valley on this charming train that even slows down for you when there is a beautiful spot to snap a picture.
Rafting has picked up popularity in recent years, as the river has some strong currents in certain parts. River rafting uses the same route as the boat tours, except rafting is fast and full of excitement! It is a more intimate experience with nature as you are steering the raft in the right direction yourself.