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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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