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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 at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.
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  • Not far from Nanzen-ji Temple, there was a popular sakura spot for local people. In fact, it was a defunct railway track but on both sides, there were many cherry trees. So during the period when the ...  more »
  • We'd seen some pretty blossoms during our stay in Japan but these were by far the most spectacular. They were absolutely stunning and you can't go to Kyoto without going here during Sakura season.  more »
  • A little tricky to find, but if you are visiting the Nanzen-ji temple area during Cherry Blossom season then you may as well try to locate this incline as there is an abundance of Cherry Blossom trees...  more »
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  • Partly closed when I visited and seems to really o ly come to life during Sakura season
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful during cherry blossom season with very few tourists
  • Gorgeus park.