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Philosopher's Walk

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Address: Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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This scenic path follows cherry-tree lined canal and is named after a Kyoto...

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.

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Touristy but fun

As you might expect, this is a super touristy destination in Kyoto. With that said, definitely go especially during cherry blossom season. So many great views... and people... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This location is good view while fist of spring and winter seasons only, others than that the view is average like other places.

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As you might expect, this is a super touristy destination in Kyoto. With that said, definitely go especially during cherry blossom season. So many great views... and people watching is always fun too! We saw so many cherry blossoms! We passed by several temples along the way, there's some food and sweets available for sale (matcha ice cream). We went... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit here when cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Very beautiful. Even the canal was pink from floating blossoms! Tranquility and beauty. Bring your camera as there a pictures to take everywhere.

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Great walk along a small canal. Despite being well known it still is not too crowded and it is so peaceful and relaxing. If you happen to be here when cherry blossom it makes it even more special. It is close to some very famous temple so you can combine it well. For me one of the highlights in Kyoto!

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We wandered the path in the morning, just before the crowds hit. There were lots of hidden gems along the way, including a little cat haven! Wonderful place for seeing the cherry blossoms!

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When visiting Kyoto - you must go for a lovely Philosophers walk. If in April - you won the lottery! Sakura At its best. Lovely, safe - no need of a guide. Best in the morning when there is less people. Not to be missed !!!

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It's the 19th April and the cherry blossom has mostly finished now but this is a lovely, and easy walking path along the canal in the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama prefecture. It is approximately two kilometers in length and begins near Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the residential, Nanzenji.

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A park at the back of town we walked through with our guide and it was too quick I must go back there and read a book

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great to go in either direction - it takes maybe 45 minutes if you take your time. There were still a few Sakura along the way although early April is likely much prettier (and busier). Highly recommended to visit Nanzenji and Ginkakuji temples which are at opposite ends of the path. We did not stop at other temples along the... More 

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A lovely stroll with interesting shops and cafes. When the Cherry Trees are in bloom it is spectacular.

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