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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
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto
Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We started our walk at the top of the "path" while visiting the silver pavilion. We planned to walk down to the end and make our way into old Gion and yes, it's a long walk, and yes there are a lot of temples and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Philosopher's Walk is a beautiful path that runs along a stream linking, Nanzen-ji to Ginkaku-ji. The walk itself takes around 20 minutes, but is worth it if you are up for it. Along the path there are lots of shops and restaurants to visit,...More

Thank _AliCar3_
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a cab to the main road and then walked up through the streets to get to the philsophers walk. it was a fabulous detour! It felt like we had gone back in time. This is an absolute must when you go to Kyoto....More

Thank Lovefromlalo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for something a bit more chilled to do - take a stroll for an hour along the Philosopher’s Walk. Visit the Silver Pavilion while you’re in the area. Lots of places of interest along the way to explore.

Thank Jane Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Philosophers Walk connects a series of temple complexes in suburban Kyoto. The Walk should take no more than an hour or two and is well defined, winding though a suburban area with houses on one or both sides the entire day. Be aware that...More

Thank Dinadan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make the effort to spend some time walking this gentle path beside the water and through cherry trees even during non peak times it is a great way to spend and enjoy some time. There are some quality shops along the way to peruse as...More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started the walk from Ginkakuji It was a lovely sunny day and the walk went passed beautiful scenery and buildings. If you enjoy walking it is a relaxing peaceful, easy walk.

Thank cherylfwoodward
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an uncrowded day because everyone with any sense was indoors in anticipation of a typhoon (which never hit Kyoto). So we had a very peaceful and relaxing walk and saw fewer than 10 other tourists. Although the weather was dreary, it’s easy to...More

Thank Sine-Wave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely walk through quiet neighborhoods and temples. A great place to center yourself. Recommend bringing change for shrines and vending.

Thank Mildmanneredreporter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely walk along a small canal - be sure to leave time to do at a leisurely pace and stop in the shops along the way.

Thank msteinkrauss
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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 :)