【SPRING】The Keage Incline in Kyoto is a great photo spot! Walk on the train tracks in a shower of falling cherry blossom petals.

Each year during the cherry blossom season, the Keage Incline shows us beautiful scenery. You can enjoy walking along beautiful rows of cherry blossom trees on both sides of the railroad tracks. It’s a special place that I want to tell everyone about, but at the same time I don’t.

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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 slope with railroad tracks that extends 582 meters and is located near the Nanzen-ji Temple in Higashiyama.

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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.

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!

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.

I recommend visiting in the morning when there are fewer visitors
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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.

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. 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.

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

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