Kamogawa Riverside in Kyoto
Couples always sit a certain distance apart!
The Kamo River (鴨川 Kamo-gawa, literally means duck river) is running through Kyoto Prefecture. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. There are pathways running alongside the river on which one can walk along the river, and some stepping stones that cross the river.
The river bank has some well-known and unique phonomenon. It is usually lined with seated couples and they always sit a certain distance apart - it's a kind of cute phenomenon created by Japanese culture of respecting spaces for others and not liking close quarters or interrupting others. Sometimes they are so amazingly spaced uniformly from Sanjo Bridge to somewhere near Shijo Bridge in the next block. It is a very interesting view.
Kamogawa Yuka in Summer- Highly recommended!
Kamogawa can be best enjoyed on warm summer nights with nice breeze. Look for the couples sitting spaced out respectfully along the banks of the river. As summer has come up, you can also enjoy Kamogawa Yuka, a riverside platform for dining, which is another symbols of Kyoto.
Enjoy Summer in Kyoto!