The Kamogawa River runs through Kyoto Prefecture. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. In summer, restaurants open balconies looking out to the river. This form of outdoor dining is called 'Noryo Yuka' where people enjoy the cool evening breeze along with their food. The Shinbashi bridge near Shirakawa Dori, one of the prettiest streets in Kyoto, is located on this river.
After spending the first half of the day at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the Tenryuji Temple, the Okochi Sanso Villa, Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji, I stopped for lunch with my tour guide at Honke Owariya, an old, traditional restaurant in central Kyoto. This brought us to the second part of our tour to the famous Gion and Shirakawa districts of Kyoto.
From Honke Owariya we took the subway to Sanjo Keihan, next to the Kamogawa River and walked to Shirakawa where we took some pictures at the Shinbashi Bridge. From there, we walked to Gion's back alleys and visited a beautiful temple area called Kennin-ji.