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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Vermont7,552 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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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand780 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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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,282 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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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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llydzzi
Singapore, Singapore189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
It looks far from the map, but it is actually within walking distance from Okazaki Canal (next to Heian Jingu). Just walk along the Okazaki Canal towards Kaege. Otherwise, take the Tozai subway line and alight at Keage, Exit 1. Keage Incline is just above the subway exit.

I was here in April 2012 and the whole stretch of the incline is lined with cherry blssoms in full bloom. As the Incline is elevated from the street level, you can get really close to the sakura and take a close up shot of the cherry blossom. Very beautiful indeed.

Go very early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowd.
Written 1 May 2012
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HotEarth
Melbourne, Australia682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
It came as a surprise to me for how beautiful the cherry blossoms can transform a discarded rail track into! I'd walked and enjoyed the Philosophers Path cherry blossoms so much this morning that I didn't think that any other place in Kyoto could come close. I was dead wrong!!! Its a real beauty!
Written 6 April 2016
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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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Mekris2000
Philippines207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Come early because it is a popular sakura viewing spot. We walked from the Philosopher's Path to Keage Incline and the view was fantastic. There's several people doing photoshoots in the area. It is also recommended to wear comfortable shoes because it is hard walking over stones
Written 15 July 2016
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mrdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I got there via the aqueduct from Nanzen-ji and was blown away by the rail/boat incline lined with cherry trees. You won't get great photos because of so many tourists but it makes for a good stroll. And go right to the top to see the continuation of the canal disappearing into the mountain.
Written 1 April 2016
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Curious Traveler
Bacolod, Philippines5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is by far my most favorite cherry blossom spot due to the lack of crowds. I suggest that yoo go here before 8AM, when the temples and shrines are not yet open. This is to beat the crowds and at the same time, effeciently use your time.
Written 5 April 2015
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