What is the Keage Incline?
The Keage Incline is a slope with railroad tracks that extends 582 meters and is located near the Nanzen-ji Temple in Higashiyama.
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● The most noble temple in Japan “Nanzen-ji Temple”, has more to offer than just gardens!
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It’s used for moving equipment and boats. It has been in operation since 1891, and was used by many during its peak. It was closed due to the decrease in demand for transportation using ships. In 1977 it was restored to preserve its industrial heritage and was designated as a National Historical Site in 1996.
A passenger boat from the Edo period called “sanjikkoku-bune” is placed on one of the sets of tracks. The other tracks are open to the public as a walking path for viewing cherry blossoms. Please be careful when walking on them, because it’s unpaved.
Take photos of your special time!
The Keage Incline is loved by the local people as a famous spot to view cherry blossoms in the spring. You should try to go and see the 90 cherry trees (Somei-yoshino) that are in full bloom from late March to early April every year.
This type of experience is rare in Japan, so it is widely used as a place to take beautiful wedding photos.
The Keage Incline in the spring shows many faces every day. It’s a great experience walking along the tracks covered with cherry petals.
Cherry blossoms falling with raindrops on rainy days and wet with morning dew on cloudy days are unique. This is what I think is very fascinating about the Keage Incline.
How to get to the Keage Incline
During the cherry blossom season there will be a lot of traffic, and there’s no parking at the Keage Incline. Please visit using public transportation.
It is about 3-minute walk from exit #1 of the Keage Station on the Tozai Line of the Kyoto City Subway.
There are many spots famous for viewing cherry blossoms in Kyoto, but please try visiting the Keage Incline if you a looking for a quaint spot to view them.
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