Katsura River – Kyoto | Travel Information

Katsura River in Kyoto Prefecture on a fair day

The Katsura River in Kyoto is a small yet popular tourist spot in Kyoto that many stop at along the way to the Iwatayama Monkey Park.  The River flows from the mountains beyond Kyoto, and forms from the Oi River and Kiyotaki River, but many people gather around the river’s edge in the Arashiyama region of Kyoto, as picnic tables, benches, and scenic boat tours depart from here and make their way up river. It’s a particularly popular area in the spring as people tend to bring some food, sit down, and enjoy the scenery. 

Boat tours vary depending on company, but you can expect to see over 5,000JPY per person for a short guided boat tour.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Free
  • Average Time Spent: 5-10 Minutes

Accessing Katsura River

The most popular area of the river can be found just south of Arashiyama Station along the Kyoto streetcar, and about 5 minutes south from Saga Arashiyama Station along the JR Line.

Where To Stay

Nearby Attractions

Iwatayama Monkey Park

The Iwatayama monkey park is one of the few places around the Kansai area where people can go and see monkey’s in their natural habitat and not enclosed in a zoo.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Located in Western Kyoto city, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a popular destination among locals and foreigners alike. Thousands of bamboo stalks have grown to enormous heights, which create one of Kyoto’s most scenic destinations,

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