Kyoto Kibune Riverside Walk

Enjoy cool air and the healing power of the forest

 By Tomoko Kamishima   May 26, 2014

Kibune River is a tributary of the Kamogawa, which runs through central Kyoto. From May to September, the restaurants alongside the Kibune set up tables that extend out over the river (川床 Kawadoko) . It is a good way to enjoy the cool air and a delicious meal, while avoiding the hot humid summer. In the old days, a god descended upon the upper reaches of Kibune River at the exact Year, Month, Day, and Time of the Ox. In the Noh chant “鉄輪 Kanawa” a woman worshiped at nearby Kifune Shrine (same name as the river, but the pronunciation is different) for the purpose of placing a curse on her husband. But, contrary to popular belief, the god in this shrine was (and still is) responsive to all wishes, not only to curses. Today, Kifune Shrine has also become famous as a healing Power Spot. The shrine is a 30-minute walk from Kibune-guchi Station on the Eizan Tesudo Line.

Photography by Tomoko Kamishima
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Aobh Bodewig 3 months ago
Jihad Mahmoud 7 months ago
The atmosphere seems so refreshing!
Carol Akiyama a year ago
The shade of the trees and the river must cool this place down in the summer months. Breathtaking!
Tomoko Kamishima Photographer a year ago
Yes, it really was, Carol.
Novriana Dewi a year ago
This place must be perfect for the humid summer! And for the autumn leaves viewing as well I guess!
Izumi Kershaw a year ago
looks like the perfect lunch spot!
Tomoko Kamishima Photographer a year ago
Exactly!