Kamogawa Delta(Kamo River Delta) is a delta in Kamo River(鴨川). It is also known as the start of Kamo River, which is known as the main river in Kyoto. Kamogawa Delta is the confluence of the Kamo River(賀茂川) flowing from the west and the Takano River(高野川) flowing from the east. The name of Kamogawa Delta comes from the shape of it which looks like a “Δ” in Greek alphabets. Shimogamo Shrine(下鴨神社) is nearby, which is known as a famous power spot.
Although this place is not known by many tourists. it is well-known as an oasis for local people in Kyoto. Therefore, there are often more local people than tourists here. During weekends, it will be crowded with students and families with children. For the locals, it is a place to be relaxed, to meet and talk with friends, to enjoy some family time in the nature.
One of the most interesting activities you can experience here is to jump across the stepping stones(Tobi-ishi) laid out in the Kamo River. You can always see couples, group of students, mother and the daughter, waking across the river on the stepping stones, laughing or smiling. As a tourist, no matter how old you are, having a try of the stepping stones is recommended and is a good way to feel the local people’s lifestyles. Besides, if you look closely, you will find that some of the big stones are in a shape of turtles.
Shimogamo Miyakawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0801
Demachiyanagi Station on Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus
Kawaramachi Imadegawa Station on Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus
Demachiyanagi Station(KH42) on Keihan Railway, Exit No. 3