Image of Sosui Canal outside Okazaki Park
The Kyoto-end of Sosui Canal running around the Okazaki Park is one of few sections where the canal runs according to the urban grid applied since the establishment of Heian-kyō, the tranquillity and peace capital, in the late 8th Century. Preserving the neighbouring land plots, the canal was able to revive parts of Kyoto by introducing population and tourists with new transportation availabilities and business opportunities along the canal. With the annual opening of the National Employment Exposition in Okazaki Park, areas around the canal became a popular site for both commercial and leisure activities such as developing shopping streets and watching cherry blossoms. This marked the Kyoto-end of the canal as an important location in the city’s revitalisation after the great watercourse project.
第四回内国勧業博覧会事務局. 疎水と各府県売店. 第四回内国勧業博覧会事務報告. National Diet Library, Japan. Accession date: December 12, 2019. https://www.ndl.go.jp/exposition/data/R/304-003r.html.