Keage Incline (蹴上インクライン)

National Historic Site known for clusters of picturesque cherry blossoms lining a 582-meter slope.

One of the most popular outdoor spot to see Sakura in Kyoto (besides temples).

One-day Trip for Sakura

Recommended route for visiting best sakura spots in Kyoto in a day (by walk)

  • The Philosopher’s Path
  • Eikan-do Temple (optional, this is a place for Momiji)
  • Nanzen-ji Temple
  • Keage Incline (most famous place for sakura)
  • Maruyama Park (for food, dinner)
  • Chion-in Temple (light up, one best place)
  • Kodaiji Temple
  • Kiyomizu

Nanzen-ji (Zuiryusan Nanzen-ji | 南禅寺 | South Zen Temple)

Nanzen-ji, or Zuiryusan Nanzen-ji, formerly Zenrin-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Emperor Kameyama established it in 1291 on the site of his previous detached palace. It is also the headquarters of the Nanzen-ji branch of Rinzai Zen. Wikipedia

Nanzen-ji Temple is between the Philosopher’s Path and Keage Incline. However, sakura did not bloom yet at that time. So I add this location as an additional part on this post.

Keage Incline (蹴上インクライン) – March 29, 2021

Almost Full Bloom

Long Exposure Shot

Sakura Report (March 26)


Keage is a must visit place, and it is nearby to other best sakura spots.
From here you can go south to Chion-in Temple, Maruyama Park, Kiyomizu. Alternative, you can go west to Heian Shrine.

Recommend access, take JR train from Kyoto to Yamashina. And then take subway to Keage.


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