Kibune River & the Kawadoko River Platforms
Kyoto is known for the sweltering heat it experiences in the summer but visitors can cool themselves on kawadoko wooden platforms on the Kibune river. The town Kibune is in the mountains in Kyoto and, where temperatures can be 10° C cooler than the center of Kyoto City, is popular as a destination for escaping the heat. The area is also home to the Kifune Shrine that worships gods associated with water. Here, visitors can enjoy delicious meals while being gently bathed in cool breezes seated on wooden platforms that overhang the river. The river that flows below their feet is just centimeters away, close enough for them to reach out and enjoy the pleasantly cool touch of water.