This main river in Kyoto has wide walking paths on both sides and is one of the real treasures of the city. Unlike other rivers in Japan, the Kamo River is not buried in concrete, and it has been embraced by locals. In summer, restaurants open balconies looking out to the river. There are pathways running alongside the river on which one can walk along the river, and some stepping stones that cross the river. The water level of the river is usually relatively low; less than one meter in most places. During the rainy season, however, the pathways sometimes flood in their lower stretches. There is constant activity along the river. On the weekends and in good weather, the river is used by many: for picnics, strolling, fishing, dating, tennis, soccer, and cycling.