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Keage Incline is one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossom season in Kyoto. It is located at the end of the Biwako Canal. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
Ryokans are the perfect way to discover old Japanese culture and traditions.
Keage Incline, a short rail track, was needed to transport boats uphill or downhill between the canal along Niomon-Dori and Biwako Canal. Check out the replica of a Sunjukkoku-bune boat, a cargo vessel which was used in the past.


The Keage Incline was in use till the late 1950´s. In 1996 the place was designated as a historic site by the national government. The replica of the Sunjukkoku-bune boat was donated by the Shiga Kyoto Association in 2010.

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Keage Incline is located near Keage Subway Station and Nanzenji.

How to get to Keage Incline?

  • 20min from Kyoto Station to Keage Subway Station by Tozai Line and
  • 3min walk from Keage Subway Station to Keage Incline

Sightseeing spots


Lake Biwa Canal Museum - The museum about the history of the canal was reopened for the public in 2009 and there is no admission fee required.

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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