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Photo #41 – Soprano Saxophonist by Togetsukyo Bridge, Kyoto

A musician practices with his soprano saxophone by the Katsura River in Arashiyama; Kyoto, Japan.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


A Soprano Saxophonist practices by the Katsura River, just downstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. This musician can be heard at the end of episode 4 of the podcast.

This is not quite the wide postcard view of Togetsukyo that includes the peak of Mount Arashiyama. I plan to return to shoot the standard postcard angle with the bridge when I come back for an Arashiyama light-up festival I’ve heard takes place here later in the year.

Here are 2 more views of Togetsukyo if you are a bridge enthusiast like me and want to jump right to those.
Togetsukyo Bridge from its north end (Photo #26)
Togetsukyo Bridge viewed from the west (Photo #30)

These 3 photos were taken while standing on the bridge.
Photo #38 / Photo #39 / Photo #40

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Photo #40 – Kyoto’s Mountain Skyline from the Togetsukyo Bridge

Mountains to the north and west of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Kyoto is surrounded by mountains to the north, east, and west.
Here you can see the western perimeter mountains to the left that Kyoto’s Arashiyama and Sagano neighborhoods are nestled up against, as well as the mountains that angle off to the north to mark the upper boundaries of the city.

If you look closely, in the distance you can see the girls in kimono from the previous photo.

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Photo #39 – Japanese Kimono on Arashiyama Bridge

Purple Kimono on Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto, JapanThis photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


These girls are not wearing the same pattern on their Japanese Kimono, but I think they must have agreed that purple would be the color of the day.

They are walking north on Arashiyama’s Togetsukyo Bridge after sunset.

I have visited Japan many times, but I’m still pleasantly surprised when I encounter the occasional circumstance where Japanese persons can be found wearing traditional Japanese clothing.

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Photo #38 – Arashiyama River Park; Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama river park from the south end of the Togetsukyo Bridge.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


As dusk sets in, a few visitors to Arashiyama relax just downstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge in a small park by what is at this spot called the Katsuragawa River.

Just a few feet behind me where I am standing on the south end of the Togetsukyo Bridge, the same river is called Hozugawa. The bridge is a name changing point for the river.

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Photo #37 – Whitewater Riverboat Crane in Arashiyama

Whitewater boat crane in Arashiyama district of Kyoto Japan.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


These boats didn’t look like whitewater boats to me when I first saw them and it took a little thinking for me to figure out what was going on here.

The boats are being removed from the water and stacked so they can be trucked back to Kameoka. The crane is a critical link in the loop for efficiently lifting and stacking the boats in preparation for their return trip upstream.

The boats are routed to this crane through a small channel that skirts the south end of the Togetsukyo Bridge. The water is diverted just above the dam seen in the seine fishing photo.

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Photo #36 – Arashiyama Raven, Kyoto

Raven on rooftop in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Just before crossing the Togetsukyo Bridge while still on the bridge’s north side, I shot this raven taking a break on a distinctive Arashiyama area rooftop.

I moved the marker in the map below to the actual rooftop, instead of the place where I was standing as I took the photo. I’m curious about what this building is. I’ll check it out on a future visit to Arashiyama.

By the way, Shigureden, a museum that apparently has a strong connection to Nintendo, is located in this vicinity. It’s on my list of places to visit. I’ll be taking listeners with me in the podcast when I get back to Arashiyama. It looks very, very interesting. Here’s a link to the Shigureden website.

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Photo #35 – Seine Fishing in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama seine fishing in Kyoto, Japan on the Hozugawa River.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Once returning to the river bank after climbing up to the nearby Summit Observation Deck, I was surprised to see this older couple Seine Fishing in the early evening as they walked across the Hozugawa River, just above the Togetsukyo Bridge.

I don’t know if they are fishing for their dinner or for a local restaurant’s menu.

If this photo was cropped tighter, it might be a fairly accurate recreation of a scene from this spot 100 years ago. For better or worse, the red baton and vest with reflective  yellow tape seen in the left half of the frame quickly bring this image back to the present.

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Photo #34 – Arashiyama Area Summit Observation Deck, Kyoto

Arashiyama/Saga Summit Observation DeckThis photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


The view from the Summit Observation Deck, found by chance during our exploration in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto during episode 4 of the podcast, made the short hike up well worthwhile.

Though the Hozugawa River looks almost dried up in this photo, this is the waterway the whitewater boats use to enter Arashiyama from Kameoka.

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Photo #33 – Hozugawa River Maple Tree, Arashiyama/Sagano

Maple tree by the Hozugawa River in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


This maple tree by the Hozugawa River is the tree I mention in episode 4 of the podcast just before heading up on the trails in Arashiyama/Saga that eventually lead us to the Summit Observation Deck.

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Photo #32 – Whitewater Boat Approaching Takeout in Arashiyama

Whitewater boat approaching takeout on Hozugawa River in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


This is one of the Whitewater Boats approaching the takeout just above Arashiyama’s Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto. These boats take a 2 hour winding course down from Kameoka in the mountains before dropping off their passengers in the Arashiyama area.

Many visitors take a ride up to Kameoka on a scenic open air train that follows the river before they board one of these hard shelled whitewater boats for a return trip.

In addition to confusion about where the border of Arashiyama and Sagano is, as discussed in the previous entry, there is a lot of misinformation in guidebooks and online about the river names in this area. This river is called Katsuragawa when referring to any point downstream of the Togetsukyo Bridge. For now, I’m calling the river Hozugawa upstream of the bridge. However, the river is also called Oigawa above the bridge.

Hozugawa is commonly used in connection to the whitewater boat ride down from Kameoka to Arashiyama and is the best name to remember as a tourist if you’re considering taking the boat trip.

There’s a little more to the upstream river name designations, and with all the conflicting information I’ve come across, I’ll have to dig much deeper to find the clear truth before I elaborate on the subject.

I know boaters like myself are likely to be the only persons with much interest in the multiple names of this single river on the west side of Arashiyama, but it’s still disappointing that an important feature of such a famous and well-trafficked tourist destination is misidentified and wrongly named in so many places that reference it.

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