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Sightseeing Cruises

Kyoto Hozugawa River Boat Ticket

    Take an exotic cruise down the Hozugawa River amidst the valley’s beautiful seasonal foliage painting the waters with its alluring shades.


    • Hop on a boat for a 2-hour long scenic river cruise from Kameoka to Arashiyama

    in Kyoto.

    • Admire the stunning scenery, colorful foliage of the season & wildlife of the ravine.

    • Get ready for scares as you speed down thrilling rapids & big rocks!

    • Immerse in the 400-year-old history of the Hozu valley, narrated by your boatsmen.

    • Watch the oarsmen sail the ship skillfully with long bamboo sticks, in a traditional technique.


    • 2-hour long boat trip

    Cancellation policy

    These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

    You get on board and embark on an exciting journey to one of the most scenic valleys in all of Kyoto on the waters of river Hozugawa. You will come across the stunning scenery of vibrant foliage reflecting its beautiful colors in the water. Be sure to spot the local ravine wildlife on the way. Depending on the season you can enjoy cherry blossoms, vivid greenery, fall colors, and even snow! What's more, in winter, the boat is equipped with carpet flooring and a heater to make your journey perfectly comfortable.

    What’s in Store?

    The boatmen will narrate to you the rich 400-year-old history of the ravine as they skillfully steer you through the valley using bamboo sticks. You’ll be amazed to see how these oarsmen effortlessly shoot the rapids and big rocks using the traditional technique. While most of your trip is serene and calm, be ready for screams, splashes & laughter on the thrilling ride through the rapids! A warm experience with a cheerful boat crew & many photogenic spots will surely be something to remember.

    Important Information

    • The boat ride may be canceled due to poor weather.

    • Smoking is not allowed on board.

    • Food & drinks (including alcohol) are permitted on the boat.

    • Max of 24 people per boat ride (max of 16 in Winter seasons).

    • It is compulsory to wear a life jacket.


    • The experience is restricted for guests shorter than 80cm.

    • The experience is restricted for children under 2 years even if accompanied by an adult.


    • Daily: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

    • Note: Depending on the day, the regular boat at 9am may not be in service.

    • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

    • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

    • Please arrive at the attraction 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

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    Getting There

    • By Bus

    • The closest bus stop is JR亀岡駅北口. It is a quick 7-minute walk to the attraction.

    • Board buses 川東線F12, 川東線F11 to get you there.

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