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This scenic path follows cherry-tree lined canal and is named after a Kyoto University philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, who used it for his daily walk.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews cherry blossoms nice walk small canal ginkakuji temple full bloom sakura season beautiful path silver pavilion peaceful stroll shops and cafes sakura trees both sides long walk philosophers path take your time late afternoon kyoto station
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a relaxing walk along a small canal with trees and some flowers on both sides of the stream. A few charming shops selling ceramics, traditional Japanese items like lacquerware, handkerchiefs, fans, etc, can be found along the walk. Also you may encounter pop...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just do it Scenic all on the flat so easy walking... great temples and lots of craft and art shops on the way Recommended

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This pleasant and easily walked path is associated with Nishida Kitaro, founder of the Kyoto School of philosophy. His work, incorporating ideas of Zen and Western philosophy, sought to bringing the East and West closer. Inset granite blocks line the water and both cherry trees...More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had looked forward to the stroll to see certain temple; I only saw three (though they were good ones), finding several not open to the public, The path skirt a residential area and some artists offer artwork (some excellent work for a good price)...More

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It only takes 30 mins to do this walk, if you don’t stop anywhere. It’s a nice stroll by the water and wasn’t too crowded when we were there at 4pm on a Sunday. Plenty of cafes on route. Near the south end there was...More

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived just before dusk. By the time we finished the walk, it was dark. Sufficient lighting for you to walk without a torch. Walking the path after dark is a different experience. Listening to the soothing sound of the stream, the chance to watch...More

Thank LynD827
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once you get sick and bored of the temples in Kyoto (to me, they look the same after a while) come here. This place is really tranquil and serene - what the temples promise to be but can't thanks to the hordes of tourists who...More

Thank jchowjs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the trip, especially during Autumn, managed to get some great photos and thankfully wasn’t packed with tourists (I realise I am a tourist but also hate ridiculously packed places)! Recommend to anyone wanting to take a less busy bit equally beautiful option!

Thank Kristy A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Kyoto I always go back to walk along the silent brooke, under cherry trees, in bloom or not and strolling there I can stop at a café or use a machine to grab something colder. Philosopher's Walk is less touristy if yoyu take...More

Thank Madeleine L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s really good for the first time of me for sakura season at Kyoto! you can wear a kimono and walk here for 2 km. with a nice weather and full bloom of sakura all the way...i spend time here like 2-3 hours walk and...More

Thank Yveshann
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24 May 2017|
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Response from warren D | Reviewed this property |
I strongly favor the Westin Miyako Hotel on Sanjo. It is at the heart of Higashi-yama so you can walk in one direction to the Philosopher's walk and Silver Temple and to Kyomizudera in the opposite direction. I have done... More
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24 February 2017|
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Response from takeshi52 | Reviewed this property |
Thank you for your interest in Kyoto. At most one hour is sufficient. When is your visit to Kyoto? My recommendation is during spring cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. In spring, The Philosopher's Walk(the path of... More
31 January 2017|
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Response from Ana J | Reviewed this property |
This was the name of the cafe: Yojiya Cafe Ginkakujiten We loved it :)