Beside The Kamogawa River

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FOOD: Beside the Kamogawa River

During the hot summer months, the banks of Kyoto’s Kamogawa river become a social hub for locals, and from May to September elevated wooden terraces called kawadoko act as outdoor dining decks. With soaring temperatures and high humidity, Kyoto summers can get particularly sticky, making the atmospheric banks of the Kamogawa a popular choice to beat the heat on warm summer evenings.

With origins dating back to the 17th century, there are almost 100 riverside restaurants in central Kyoto, many housed in traditional wooden machiya houses. Serving a huge array of food from traditional Japanese to Chinese and Italian, almost all have an outdoor dining area, though advance booking is recommended as waterside seats tend to be in high demand.

Image: Kyoto-yuka

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