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Keage Incline

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Address: Nanzenjifukuchicho, Sakyoku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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Nice sakura around a defunct railway track

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 flowers were in full bloom, it was very nice and the place would be crowded with people of all ages. Nice to have... More 

Brisbane, QLD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

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 growing here. When we came here the trees weren't in full bloom yet but still looked wonderful with the amount of blooming they... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

My review is mostly similar to the philosopher's walk review. Nice place to view cherry blossoms, but beware the crowd. This story is likely similar for many other places during this season, but if you don't have a lot of time and really want to spot Sakuras, it is probably here or the philosophers walk. The main difference is that... More 

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

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

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

The cherry blossoms were fanntastic, especially the higher up the incline you walked. We went for the engineering structure and were blown away with the blossom. The walk started with the free museum at the bottom and we finished with the stroll next to the canal around to the aquaduct.

Thank Colin T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

It's free, and it's simply amazing during sakura season. An abandoned rail track with blooming sakura trees from a hill isn't something you would recommend to most tourists but you have to see it to believe how great this is. We had lunch here under the sakura trees, and people were taking their wedding pictures here. Really worth your time... More 

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Tsukuba, Japan
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Reviewed 9 April 2016

Keage Incline and Okazaki Canal are the must go in the cherry blossom season in Kyoto. Although these are not known as Philosopher's Path, Nanzen-ji, Heian Jingu, they are also very beautiful in the season. I was able to see great Sakura there this year!! It's great to combine Keage Incline and Okazaki Canal with Nanzen-ji(temple) and Heian Jingu(shrine)!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

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!

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

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.

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