Walk on the tracks that used to transport ships on the Keage Incline
The Keage Incline is a two-minute walk from Keage station on the Tozai subway line in Kyoto. The Keage Incline was a canal inclined plane system that helped transport rice, sake and soy sauce to Kyoto from neighboring Shiga prefecture from 1891 to 1948. Since the area is hilly, this inclined plane was built to transport ships. Many tourists visit this area because there are a lot of temples and shrines like Nanzen-ji, Zenrin-ji, and Heian Shrine. Walking on the tracks overgrown with weeds you can feel a relaxed calmness take over. If you go further down the slope you will get to a boat and a cradle that was used to carry the boats up the slope. It is interesting to get to know about the history of the incline. In spring the cherry trees that cover the tracks it feel like you were walking through a cherry blossom tunnel.