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Splash in Kyoto's River!
If you feel that staying in the city under the hot sunny sky is too much, then why not get out into the countryside and look for something cool and fun? Less than an hour's travel from the center of the city will let you encounter summer's grandeur.

Rubber Rafting
Hozu River in Arashiyama is one of the most thrilling rafting spots in the Kansai region. Countless swift streams and the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river are some of the charms of this course. A friendly, skilled guide will accompany you on the eight-seater big inflatable raft; such great fun to experience the satisfaction of paddling the raft by yourselves on a thrilling river cruise! What is more, you can swim or jump into the river from an out-jutting rock!

Big Smile

From 3,580 yen (web reservation price incl. tax with gear rental and insurance); tour starts at 9:00 or 13:30 (about 3.5 hours); Bring swim suit, towel and T-shirt and shorts that can get wet; *Eligible from 8 years old; reservation required the day before (booking-on the day accepted if there is vacancy).

Hozugawa Kudari River Boat Ride

This is a great boat trip that goes along 16kms of the Hozu River from Kameoka to one of Kyoto's best scenic spots, Arashiyama, through a mountain ridge looming up on both sides of the river. About two hours on this journey makes a wonderful trip to view the beautiful surrounding Japanese nature. This rich, ever-changing and fun river course weaves its way right and left with a number of whitewater and basins appearing at several points. Passengers can enjoy the seasonal natural beauty and exciting thrills, and the boatman handling his wooden-oar skillfully is fun to watch too!

Hozugawa Yusen Association

Adults: 4,100 yen, Children (4-12 years old): 2,700 yen; Boat departs at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:30 (additional services on weekends); Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Kameoka Stn.