Shirakawa River

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Shirakawa River
Shirakara Canal, Gion, Kyoto.jpg
Native name 白川
Country Japan
Physical characteristics
River mouth Kamo River
Length 9.3 km (5.8 mi)
Basin features
River system Yodo River
Basin size 13.1 km2 (5.1 sq mi)

The Shirakawa River (白川, Shirakawa) is a river in the Kyoto prefecture of Japan. It flows into the Kamo River.

Its name means "white river" in Japanese, due to the fine-grained white sand that it carries from the hills east of Kyoto.

Ochaya on the Shirakawa river in Gion.

Directly before entering the Kamo River, it passes through the geisha district of Gion, where many traditional establishments, such as ochaya (geisha houses) and restaurants, line the river.