The Kamo River runs through the center of the Japanese city of Kyoto and this line of large stone turtles was built to form an interesting crossing point.
They can be seen by those strolling along the popular riverbank area, with many onlookers stopping to watch the locals leap from stone to stone. The 83 ski jumps were created in 1992 from concrete and have since become a local favorite.
The idea was proposed by Shigenori Yoshimi, a member of Kyoto Prefectural Public Works Department. The stones were designed to protect the river bed from the current while creating a place for people to play in the river.
Visitors to the river can see many animal species, including fish like the pale chub (zacco platypus) or birds like the great cormorant and grey-headed lapwing.