Keage Incline
Keage Incline
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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Keage Incline is a must-visit spot in Kyoto during spring! The cherry blossoms lining the old railway track create a mesmerizing tunnel of pink petals. The picturesque scenery and historic charm make it a perfect stop for photographers and nature lovers alike. A truly enchanting experience that shouldn't be missed!
Written 22 July 2023
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Vermont7,527 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The now defunct railway track and canal system are quite pretty when the blossoms are at peak. But, beware, it can be very crowded and in our opinion it becomes boring a while after you begin the long walk up or down the tracks.

If you are walking down, be aware that there are a few places where you can exit the system, but if you go too far down on the tracks you are stuck and can’t leave until you get the bottom. Part way down, and one of the more interesting features, is the old canal boat in its cradle which was used to haul the boat back up to the top. English signage explains the function of the canal and the boats.

The sakura while pretty are not nearly as photogenic as they are up against temple walls or along ponds with bridges. People watching is interesting but it does have its limits.

The bridal shoot we saw at the bottom, however, did provide for some interesting photos both from the bridge and from the tracks.

More interesting is the area at the top of the tracks: you can wander around the park and walk near the water system for the aqueduct. The top also features a very small shrine and several boutique stores. There is a fine view overlooking the city from here if the weather is clear.

If your time in Kyoto is limited, I would suggest giving this a pass.
Written 5 March 2020
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Chris J
Kyoto, Japan71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Disused railway track that's lined with cherry blossoms. Very pretty but get's packed at this time of year, get there early if you want people free pictures. From the incline it's an easy walk to Nanzenji and Heian shrine.
Written 10 April 2019
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wzhkevin
Singapore, Singapore225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Not somewhere you would want to visit specially, but if you’re visiting Nanzenji nearby anyway we may as well pop by. It’s a nice, peaceful stroll. I imagine even more beautiful in the spring.
Written 16 June 2018
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We read that this is an interesting place to visit when one is in Kyoto. It is actually a trail that leads off from behind Nanzenji's brick aqueduct to the Keage Incline. Keage Incline was touted as one of the best sakura viewing spot in Kyoto, but it was off-season when we visited. Minus the cherry blooms but also minus the thongs of crowd!
We noted that the place is a defunct railway track and it's really near from Keage Station.
The Keage Incline was used until the 1950s to transport boats between Okazaki Canal and the canals at a higher elevation. Today, the gentle slope is lined by cherry trees. A real pity that we came off-spring so no pretty flowers to groom the area. For directions; from Keage Station Exit 1, keep right and walk more than 50 m down the gentle-slope street until you come to a small pedestrian tunnel on your right. Entered short tunnel and it is on the right after passing through. It is actually a walk up a small slope and you are now at the top of the Incline and enjoy the view! A good photographic stop/spot. And many completed their trip with a walk to nearby Philosopher's Path and Nanzenji Temple.
Written 4 June 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Keage Incline should be one of the best sakura viewing spot in Kyoto. In fact, the place was a defunct rainway track and during our visit there by early April this year, not much flower could be seen. Anyway, the spot could easily be found especially if you have completed your walk to Philosopher's Path and Nanzenji Temple.
Written 14 April 2018
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junn d
United Arab Emirates74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I can say that this spot is one of the best Sakura viewing during April. It may be crowded during the season but it's really worth it going there. I think it's an unused railway with tons of cherry blossoms along the way and it's really near from Keage Station.

Directions: from Keage Station
1)Take exit 1
2) When coming out of the station onto the street, turn right and walk about 80 meters down the street until you come to a small pedestrian tunnel on your left
3) pass the tunnel (it is only about 10 meters long)
4) immediately after the tunnel, turn left and walk up a small slope for about 80 meters
5) you are now at the top of the Incline and enjoy the Sakura
Written 17 July 2017
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
Not far from Nanzen-ji Temple, there was a popular sakura spot for local people. In fact, it was a defunct railway track but on both sides, there were many cherry trees. So during the period when the flowers were in full bloom, it was very nice and the place would be crowded with people of all ages. Nice to have a walk around this sakura spot.
Written 8 May 2017
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jesstacular
Brisbane, Australia38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We'd seen some pretty blossoms during our stay in Japan but these were by far the most spectacular. They were absolutely stunning and you can't go to Kyoto without going here during Sakura season.
Written 25 April 2017
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ShadowBijou
Melbourne, Australia74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
A little tricky to find, but if you are visiting the Nanzen-ji temple area during Cherry Blossom season then you may as well try to locate this incline as there is an abundance of Cherry Blossom trees growing here. When we came here the trees weren't in full bloom yet but still looked wonderful with the amount of blooming they had done.

The incline is an old railroad that is no longer in use. It offers some nice views of the area but I wouldn't make any special effort to try and come here unless it was during Cherry Blossom bloom time.
Written 18 April 2017
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