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Philosopher's Walk

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 University philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, who used it for his daily walk.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cherry blossoms” (138 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (58 reviews)
“small canal” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We walked the place from Ginkaku temple through Nanzen Templa with Kids in June. It took more than one hour because we wanted stop at some shops. I will be back soon on Spring season! First of all, the place is very quiet. So good...More

Thank Ayako I
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wouldn't make a special trek out with kids but was already there for the other two temples. Didn't really bother to take pictures and the public bathroom is down the stairs from the dentist. Heard Omen was the best of in place in Kyoto (per...More

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did this walk at night. It was super quiet except for the sound of the water running next to the path and our feet crunching into the gravel. In the dark of night, it was extremely peaceful, lush and beautiful. We saw very few...More

Thank Cathydc1
Reviewed 4 days ago

The last time I was in Kyoto was in April 2013 for business. I could not have been luckier than to be their during Ohanami season (cherry blossoms)! I stayed a few extra days to see some new sights. Kyoto is a beautiful, old, traditional...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely worth a vist, a lovely walk along a mountain trail with one or two cafes and a couple of lovely souvenir shops tucked away which was pleasantly surprising. An easy walk and through some very picturesque countryside.

Thank mobycliff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was so beautiful! The nearby temple was so busy but once you turn to the Philosopher's Walk it gets quite peaceful and quiet. The water is gorgeous. There are small shops and cafes along the way. Just an awesome place!

Thank amstos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not busy at all which makes the charm.. several small shop including one selling second hand Japanese fashion... a pleasant walk for around 45mn

Thank chchanoi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It takes some finding, but it's worth it. A lovely 30 minute walk along a small canal lined by trees, with a good number of cafes and small craft -type shops along the way in between the houses. It's a really change from the hustle...More

Thank paul b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice complement of our Kyoto visit. Last time we did not do the full walk but it is worth it. Even when it's 31 degrees Celsius like today.

Thank JMNV
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited the busy Ginkaku-ji Temple (or Silver Pavilion), we enjoyed a relaxing stroll along the banks of the small canal. It was a hot day, but we found plenty of shade along its route. There were a few artist studios, and the occasional eatery,...More

Thank DVDPerth_Australia
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Hello, is there any hotels near the philosopher's walk? I would like to stay there for a day.
24 May 2017|
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Response from Sue B | Reviewed this property |
I agree that any Kyoto hotel would be fine, as buses go there from all over the town. There was one small ryokan on the walk, but it didn't have a name out front. It would be a lovely spot to stay overnight, but mostly it's... More
Hi, I'm curious to understand how long it takes to do the Philosopher's walk. Should I plan for a full day? half day? an hour? Thanks!
24 February 2017|
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Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
We took about three hours, which included walking around the temple gardens and browsing in some terrific souvenir stores. You can buy textiles and antique silk kimonos for good prices. We also visited mid afternoon.
Hi Ana, I am wondering if you remember the name of the Matcha Cafe you stopped at on the way to Philosopher's Garden?
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 :)