Travel Note of Kyoto for Cherry Blossoms Part 2: Keage Incline and Nanzenji Temple

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I traveled to Kyoto to view cherry blossoms for three days and two nights. Although the weather was not always good, cherry blossoms in Kyoto were marvelous. In this article, I will write about Keage Incline and Nanzenji Temple as part of Day 1.

[Series of articles]
* Day 1 (1) Heian Jingu Shrine and Okazaki Canal (Jikkokubune Boat Ride)
* Day 1 (2) Keage Incline and Nanzenji Temple [This article]
* Day 1 (3) Philosopher’s Path
* Day 1 (4) Takenaka Inari Shrine, Munetada Shrine, Shinnyodo Temple and Konkai Komyoji Temple
* Day 1 (5) Maruyama Park, Nene Road, Yasaka Pagoda and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (evening illuminations)
* Day 2 (1) Kyoto Gyoen and Kyoto Gosho
* Day 2 (2) Honmanji Temple, Nijo Castle, Shinsen-en and Kiyomizu-dera Temple
* Day 2 (3) To-ji Temple (including evening illuminations) and Rikuson-no Shrine
* Day 3 (1) Arashiyama (Bamboo Grove), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Gion Shirakawa and Kenninji Temple

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After I left Heian Jingu Shrine and walked along along Okazaki Canal to the east, I reached Keage Incline.

Keage Incline


Keage incline was once used as a rail line to connect channels. Cherry trees are planted along the track and Keage incline is often mentioned as one of the best view spots to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

Let’s get started.""

I was surprised to see many groups (both Japanese and other Asian people) who took photos for their wedding.Kyoto Cherry blossoms Keage incline1

I see Gion and Yasaka Pagoda are the famous spots in Kyoto for wedding photos, but Keage incline should also be one of the popular sites.

Here are snaps.""



I took photos to focus on the rail line.""

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Back shot of a couple who wore traditional Japanese cloths for wedding photos.""

This woman, who was alone, was also photographed.""



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Other snap photos.""







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Nanzenji Temple

Afert Keage incline, I visited Nanzenji Temple. Nanzenji temple, along with its sub-temple “Tenjuan”, is one of the best view spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto and I visited there last time. In spring, visitors can enjoy viewing cherry treen in the temple.

A snap photo.Kyoto Cherry blossoms Nanzenji temple1

This red brick bridge is also a popular photo spot in Nanzenji temple.Kyoto Nanzenji temple red brick bridge1


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I just happened to see a cute dog at Nanzenji temple.Kyoto Nanzenji temple cherry blossoms2

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Then, I left Nanzenji temple for the next destination.


That’s it for the article about Keage incline and Nanzenji temple as part of Day 1.Keage incline is unique in that visitors are able to take photos with the rail line and cherry blossoms. I believe it’s worth the visit. At Nanzenji temple, I was so fortune as to see the lovely dog 🙂

In the next article, I will write about cherry blossoms along Philosopher’s Path, which is often referred to as one of the must visits to view cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

[Related Link]
Kyoto Travel Guide (English)
Nanzenji Temple (English)


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