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"Hozugawa-kudari" in Kyoto is Japan's oldest boat tour.

Hozugawa-kudari means the boat tour on the Hozu, from Kameoka City to Arashiyama, Kyoto City, covering 16 kilometers. The boat runs through ten rapids while enjoying the seasonal scenery on both sides of the river.

This was originated as a lumber carrier from a mountainous region to the then capital Kyoto about 1,200 years ago. Thereafter, in the 17th century, they changed the cargo on the raft or boat from lumber to agricultural products. When Japan's modernization started in the 19th century, these farm products' water transport was replaced with a railway and truck, and they started a boat tour for sightseers instead in 1899. The boatman's skill to control this boat is designated as an important intangible cultural asset.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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