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Keage Incline, Kyoto

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#49 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Marvel at a complex work of engineering at Keage Incline, a fin-de-siècle rail system hoisting boats up and down a steep hill. Starting from a picturesque red brick aqueduct, this abandoned two-way rail line runs underneath a canopy of cherry trees, making for a surprisingly romantic hike. Check out a system of bridges, tunnels, locks, and canals disappearing into the mountain, then get closer to inspect the mounted boats and huge, many-toothed wheels. Don't miss the museum at the bottom of the hill, which explains the story of this modern Japanese marvel. Located on the Kyoto side of Lake Biwako Canal, you can reach the incline by alighting at Keage Station. Put Keage Incline at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Walk all around and hurried away. Even local residents walking course is like. Need help to walk because she is paved with stone, and is not rugged. Coming up on the sidewalk near the fountain at the bottom left, allowed a walk to Heian shrine.
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  • July 17, 2017
    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 bl...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Kawara-machi, walk towards the philosopher's walk on foot by chance get kicked on. I heard there where hydrophobic incline or ~, perusing the signage. I was walking the line in incline. I like the film "stand by me" feeling. A short walk and hydrophobic Memorial Hall and Kyoto Municipal Zoo comes out! I think during the summer in the lone come again. Hydrophobic Memorial went free, day breakfast at the Zoo. Surprising and Hankyu walking distance from kawaramachi!
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  • December 3, 2016
    Partly closed when I visited and seems to really o ly come to life during Sakura season
  • March 30, 2017
    Interesting place to take photos because of the abandoned railway but other than that, I felt that there wasn't much that is spectacular here.
  • July 15, 2016
    Keage Incline 蹴上インクライン is part of a canal and tunnel system that connects Kyoto with Lake Biwa on the other side of the mountains, 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 about one hundred cherry trees.
  • April 7, 2017
    Beautiful during cherry blossom season with very few tourists
  • June 3, 2017
    Gorgeus park.

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