In the park where the blossoms rippled around in the gentle breeze coming up the hill, quiet happy chatter and the sound of crunching gravel under foot.
At the end of the sheltered path is a park where the aqueduct joins a network of gates, canals and cisterns. But before that, a large pair of pipes can be seen down the adjacent hill, easily identifiable as hydroelectric water supply channels.
They lead to a hydroelectric power station built in 1890, the Keage Power Station 蹴上発電所, which not only supplied power for the Keage Incline 蹴上インクライン (which was used to transport boats between two sections of the canal), but also for the first electric tram system in Japan.
If you look closely you can see the bright vermilion grand torii 大鳥居 of Heian Jingū 平安神宮 in the distance.
Up top, the water flows into a tunnel in the hillside, while at the other end it's possible to follow steps that lead here, to the aqueduct itself. It seems almost conspicuously unfenced given how well protected the arched section is, and while it's no different to the city's many other canals, they don't give the same impression of being slightly hazardous. Perhaps the more briskly flowing water is what makes the difference.
The path was quiet and relaxing, with its elevated position granting pleasant views through the trees on the right.
On the other side and further east, a look around before ascending the embankment to reach the top of the aqueduct.