The Best Swimming Spot in Kyoto
In the previous BLOG entry I mentioned about swimming in the clean waters of the Yura river at a place about 2km to the East of Miyama Kayabuki no Sato. Today's photo is from that swimming spot. I think it's the best swimming spot in Kyoto. The waters are very clean and there's quite a nice area on the South bank of the river where you can put your gear, pitch a tent or have a BBQ.
This place is not too far up stream from a spot where there's a bit of a dam, meaning that the currents are not usually very strong. However remember it is a river, so if there are heavy rains upstream it may become unsafe, always check weather reports first. It's also wise to swim with a lifejacket on, most people swimming in this spot do so.
The downside with this spot is that there are no change rooms. There is one Japanese style toilet cubical, but it seems a bit scary to change in there! Most people either use their cars, a small tent, or go behind the bridge to change. Another option is to walk about 500 meters up the street to an onsen (hot spring) and have a wash there after swimming (it costs about 500yen per person).
See the previous BLOG entry for the various transport options for getting to the Miyama area. If you're coming by bus, this place is two stops from the Kayabuki no Sato stop. The actual bus stop is at the onsen where you'll need to wait for the return bus, but the drivers will drop you off at the bridge right above this spot if you ask them (some Japanese language skills required or a note written in Japanese to show the driver).
Remember this place is very pristine, so please leave it the way you find it. Take away all your "Gomi" (trash/garbage/rubbish) in a bag, don't leave any there! Extinguish completely any fires you may have made. Let's take care of this pristine environment.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera. No post processing has been done on this image.