The Keage Incline in Kyoto: a Great Cherry Blossom Photo Spot along Train Tracks

Each year during the cherry blossom season, the Keage Incline shows us a breathtaking scenery, with beautiful rows of cherry blossom trees on both sides of the railroad tracks. Here is a peek at what you can see during a walk along the Keage incline.

2019-04-17   Visit: Parks & Nature, Kyoto,

photo credit:Kyoto Press

The Keage Incline has always been a great place to view cherry blossoms by the local people.

What is the Keage Incline?

The Keage Incline is a 582 meter long slope with railroad tracks, located near the Nanzen-ji Temple in Higashiyama.

It was built for moving equipment and boats in 1891. Today it is closed due to the decrease in demand for transportation using ships, but it was restored in 1977 to preserve its industrial heritage, and was designated as a National Historical Site in 1996.

The restored passenger boat, “sanjikkoku-bune”.

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!

Enjoy walking in the fresh spring air!

An awesome photo spot

The Keage Incline is loved by the local people as a famous spot to view cherry blossoms in the spring. The 90 cherry trees are usually 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.

I recommend visiting in the morning when there are fewer visitors
photo credit:Kyoto Press

The Keage Incline in the spring shows a different face 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 also a delighting sight. Like Mt. Yoshino in the neighboring Nara prefecture, it is beautiful in any weather.

Let’s walk on the pink petal carpet!

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, so it’s better using public transportation.
It is located a 3-minute walk from exit #1 of the Keage Station on the Tozai Line of the Kyoto City Subway.

It’s still beautiful even on cloudy days.
photo credit:Kyoto Press

If you are in the area, you may want to visit Nanzen-ji temple:

 The most noble temple in Japan “Nanzen-ji Temple”, has more to offer than just gardens!
 If you visit Nanzen-ji Temple, “Suirokaku”, the modern architectural canal is a must see!


339 Higashi komonozacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto Prefecture

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Address 339 Higashi komonozacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto Prefecture
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Price Free of charge
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Access About 3-minute walk from exit #1 of the Keage Station on the Tozai Line of the Kyoto City Subway
Phone Kyoto city Waterworks Bureau 075-672-7766