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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you are in the area, you may want to visit Nanzen-ji temple:
339 Higashi komonozacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto Prefecture