Hozu-gawa Kudari (保津川下り) is a 16km 2 hour boat ride down Hozu River through a twisting gorge and scenic views. The boats land on the river bank just short of the Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama where you can continue immersing yourself in a traditional Japan atmosphere.
Hozu-gawa Boat Ride is best enjoyed during the cherry blossom viewing season or when the autumn leaves are at their peak. It can also be a sight to behold in the winter after a snowfall.
The boatmen let you try paddling if you want at certain parts of the river they deem safe.
It is a long ride but you can always quench your thirst and buy some snacks from the food stall boat.
The tickets are fairly expensive though, 4100yen for an adult. The boarding site for the boat can either be reached by an 8-minute walk from JR Kameoka Station or by taking an old-fashioned torokko train to Torokko Kameoka Station before transferring to a 15 minute bus ride.
Here’s the official site for Hozu-gawa Boat Ride where you can find further information.