If destiny will ever bring our snoopy feet circuiting Kyoto again, I would like to revisit Hozu River and try their river cruise, something that we missed during our visit to this famous attraction. This 16-kilometer, 2 hour journey down the river, travelling from Kameoka to Arashiyama, showcases interesting rock formations, a diverse wildlife and an exciting ravine ride. Hozugawa, now only serves as a tourist fascination, used to be an industrial waterway for transporting logs and lumber, tied into rafts, which were vital in the construction of temples, castles and shrines in Kyoto City. Goods like fuel and rice were also shipped in the river before railway and road transportation were introduced.
Royal guests like the Prince of Romania who visited Japan in 1920 , Prince of Wales in 1922, Duke of Gloucester in 1929 are only a few of those who have tried the thrilling river experience. For those of us who have missed the water adventure, a walk on the river side in nevertheless fun. The rustic landscape is splendid but is certainly more beautiful in autumn than summer when nature is brightly colored and the sun is not scorching hot.
Check on Google Street View of Hozu River below for additional perspective: