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Keage Incline, Kyoto

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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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kyoto day trip planner .
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  • It was adopted in Kyoto of Meiji period, and advanced ones. It was a device to move shipping this incline at Lake Biwa, ship.
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  • Encountered when going to keage station, walking through Higashiyama district. Found to be important evidence of the modern development of Kyoto and look closely. I imagine the April cherry blossom this season was not so inspiring as the views were of a large pay along with the crowd.
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  • On the way to the subway keage station, after exploring the nanzen-JI. There was at that time gave the boat and go up on the restoration. In was walking under the cherry trees widely.
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  • Highly suggest viewing cherry blossoms here. Go early to beat the crowds. Went around 8am and was already very crowded. Wear sneakers, good walking shoes since you are walking on old train tracks.
  • It's a path not a main attraction. Abandoned rail that you can walk along and take some nice pictures.
  • Unfortunately we were too late for Sakura. But it was still beautiful and quiet at that time
  • Magical during cherry blossom season but can get really crowded. May not be suitable for elderly due to steep incline.
  • Cherry blossoms and railway. Wonderful!
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