Walking along the Kamo River
What it is
Kamo River runs along the east of Kyoto and is rather famous. Even tourists staying but a few days will most probably cross it several times (to get to Gion if nothing else). However it’s a good idea to take time to walk alongside it, and especially the bit up north, past Demachiyanagi, which is called Nakaragi no Michi (another sakura spot by the way).
Countless buses and trains will get you just about anywhere along the Kamo River. Then you just have to follow its course. The right and left banks are both interesting.
There’s nothing to see beyond Kamo-jinja up north (just fields, houses and old industrial buildings). Except perhaps an expense of grass a few dozen meters or so away that’s perfect for a pic-nic or barbecue. South your best shot is probably to reach Shijo Street. You may also continue to Shichijo if you intend to visit the nearby temples.[break]
Once you reach Demachiyanagi you can also decide to go right and follow the Takano river instead, which is also beautiful (especially the west bank, bordered with houses). From there you can reach Kokusaikaikan and therefore connect that chunk with the one I introduced just before![break]
Finally if you’d rather complete your trip amid peace and nature then you’ll definitely want to go from south to north (Shijo to Kamo-jinja). If instead you prefer to be in town, near bars and restaurants, then do it the other way around.