The river that flows through the city from north to south is called the Kamogawa.
For Kyoto denizens,
it provides a refreshing haven for strolling and enjoying the cool of the evening.
It’s a popular date spot.
As couples sit down on its banks,
they always seem to space themselves at equal intervals,
and as it gets darker they always seem to draw nearer to each other.
That’s exactly what makes the Kamogawa such a famous romantic spot.
Yuka Summertime dining by the river.
Between May and September,
restaurants and o-chaya-san (traditional eating and entertainment establishments) overlooking the river's western bank from Nijo-dori to Gojo-dori
set up open-air dining areas called yuka
to catch the cool river breezes,
providing a waterfront delight during the hot Kyoto summer.