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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kamo and Takano Rivers Kyoto

Kamo and Takano Rivers Kyoto鴨川と高野川京都

In the Demachiyangai area of Kyoto, north of downtown and just east of the Imperial Palace, two rivers join to create the Kamo River.

This is Kyoto's main river, and it flows through the central part of the city.

On the left is the Kamo River - same name but different river and different Chinese characters as the river it flows into - and on the right is the Takano River.

This part of town is very popular with college students, lovers, and walkers. It is close to Doshisha and Kyoto Universities, and is a magnet for young people.

In good weather, people gather along the banks of the two rivers, or in the land that ends in the middle. There college students often gather at night or, during the day, play instruments. The rivers are so shallow that children can walk across; for those who don't want to get their feet wet, there are small stepping stones placed in the river.

The Kamo River - north of the fork - has a wonderful path for walking, jogging, and cycling.

Going the opposite direction, Kyoto's downtown is about a mile or so south of here.

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