Philosopher's Walk
Philosopher's Walk
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • PriscillaF
    Perth, Australia1,104 contributions
    Get ready to do some walking
    So to get here you need to get to demachiyanagi station on the keihan line. Exit number 3, at the top of the stairs once outside turn left and catch bus #203 to Ginkaku-ji do. Put the shops to the right side of ur body and walk to the corner cross the street to the middle and that is the start of the walk. The sign actually reads philosophers path. There are cobble stones to follow up the right side of the medium strip. Continue for at least 500m crossing roads etc and you will get to a busy section where the road forks. Take the left side. At the top there is an arch way, go through and there is a 500yen entrance fee into the park. It’s very nice and worth the free. On the walk up there or back look at all the little stalls. Some interesting buys.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Lisa
    Hamlyn Terrace, Australia307 contributions
    Beautiful cherry blossoms! Have been to Japan many times but never in Cherry Blossom season! They are beautiful!
    Cherry blossoms! So beautiful! Have been to Japan many times but have never seen the cherry blossoms! Philosophers path is a bit of a challenge to get to but worth it! The day we were there is was raining so kept the crowds away but still busy! Super photogenic!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • bcaha
    1,581 contributions
    Gorgeous!
    We were lucky enough to be there during the cherry blossom season on a beautiful afternoon! Loved walking this path!! There were places along the way to stop for food or a drink, including at least one vending machine. Prior to the trip I was concerned that I might not be able to figure out where the path began and ended, but it was pretty well marked and a non-issue. We started near Ginkakuji and walked south.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Anthony S
    Brisbane, Australia1,863 contributions
    Pleasant even in the rain
    Even though it was raining when we walked, and the cherry blossoms had already fallen it was still a pleasant walk but both factors combined to keep the crowds away. The walk is a little over two kilometres and flat all the way with the trees and running water making it a lovely walk and suitable even for small children. Our youngest was 7.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Tokyo J
    Anglesey, United Kingdom328 contributions
    A Beautiful Path
    The Philosophers Path is best experienced during sakura season when the path is lined with beautiful sakura trees and it makes your walk along it even more memorable. It may only be a 2km path but it is just so lovely even when there's crowds around. The path meanders alongside a small river and is close by other attractions in Kyoto like Ginkakuji for example. I really enjoyed walking on this path and I'm sure you will too.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2023
  • NYC_Geezer
    New York City, New York72 contributions
    Take some time walk this lovely area
    After a long day of shopping and eating, stopped here for a lovely afternoon stroll. Really nice area, some great little food and bar places along the path as well as a few shrines and temples. You don’t need to be a philosopher to walk this trail but you will have a relaxing time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,394 contributions
    Peaceful walk
    The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto is a serene and picturesque walkway lined with cherry blossoms and temples. It follows a canal that's said to have been a favorite route of the philosopher Nishida Kitaro. The path is perfect for a peaceful stroll and offers a glimpse into Kyoto's rich cultural heritage. We used this path to walk towards Higashiyama Jisho-ji and found it very peaceful. It was disappointing that the cherry blossom season has passed by the time we visited which would have been a great addition to our visit. Highly recommended!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
    Breathtaking experience
    The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto during spring is a breathtaking experience! Lined with cherry blossom trees, it's a picturesque stroll along a serene canal. The delicate pink petals create a magical atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for Hanami. Embrace the tranquility and be inspired by the beauty of nature. A must-visit gem!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • N D
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom1,240 contributions
    Very Pretty
    We did this in August. Although it was very pretty, it was extremely hot and we wouldn’t have walked the full two miles had we realised that it is pretty much the same along the whole route. I imagine this would be lovely in the cooler months. It’s very close to the Silver Pavilion so makes good sense to combine the two.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, Rhode Island1,374 contributions
    Nice, but ok if you don’t go.
    The walk is about two miles, which is pretty, but except for lively trees, it looks the same as you continue. We decided not to walk the entire way since the views didn’t really change much. I’m sure this walk would be better in the spring with the cherry blossoms.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC901 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Walked along this quaint path from one end to the other and it brought back many memories from a walk we did here years ago. Not as busy as some other areas which was nice. Shops and cafes to stop for a snack or drink along the way. Very peaceful and lovely
Written 20 December 2023
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA320 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Famous for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), Philiospher's Path is a pleasant walkway lined with stone path along a canal. This path has been in use since 1890. It is named after two of Japan’s most famous philosophers, Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe. We came on Dec 09, 2023 for koyo viewing and we loved what we saw. Surrounding the path are shrines/temples of impressive architectural designs. Koyo punctuated the temples in striking red, yellow, orange and brown. The entire ambience is uniquely Japanese. This is what we came here for - to be culturally immersed and awed. Please check out the pictures we took.
Written 9 December 2023
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MC0959
Toronto, Canada143 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Philosopher's Walk is a beautiful laneway alongside a creek. In the fall, the leaves were changing. There were some quaint shops along the pathway. There is an upper walk that goes to a Temple area. Great for snacks.
We found ourselves here because of a dinner reservation at an incredible restaurant, Monk. If you are lucky enough to book a seat at Monk, you are in for a fabulous treat.
Written 14 November 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,003 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Then followed the “Philosophers Walk”, a path which meanders along a cherry tree lined canal; with local houses and craft shops potted along the way. Very nice.
Written 25 October 2023
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,374 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The walk is about two miles, which is pretty, but except for lively trees, it looks the same as you continue. We decided not to walk the entire way since the views didn’t really change much. I’m sure this walk would be better in the spring with the cherry blossoms.
Written 9 October 2023
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK1,240 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We did this in August. Although it was very pretty, it was extremely hot and we wouldn’t have walked the full two miles had we realised that it is pretty much the same along the whole route. I imagine this would be lovely in the cooler months.
It’s very close to the Silver Pavilion so makes good sense to combine the two.
Written 13 August 2023
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keith
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We incorporated this walk by using the Lonely Planet 4 hour / 6 km walk path in their travel guide for Kyoto. We went early to beat the heat and crowds.
Written 7 August 2023
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Pasi J
Espoo, Finland67 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
The Path follows a canal roughly between Eikan-do and Ginkaku-ji temples. There are a few tiny shops and cafes along the way but mostly this is a quiet residential area. We missed the hottest hanami season by a couple of weeks but there were still some late-blooming cherry trees here, and I can imagine the scenery transforms throughout the year and there’s always some pretty sight taking place. There are beautiful shrines at each end but also several others along the way so you may want to take a bit of a detour peek here and there – our favourite sidestep was the small but awfully cute Otoyo shrine, just around the corner off the Path.
Written 23 July 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Mar 2023
The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto during spring is a breathtaking experience! Lined with cherry blossom trees, it's a picturesque stroll along a serene canal. The delicate pink petals create a magical atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for Hanami. Embrace the tranquility and be inspired by the beauty of nature. A must-visit gem!
Written 21 July 2023
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Suzanne2303
Labrador, Australia966 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We walked this path along a stream, with lots of flowering trees, pretty bridges, and little cafes along the way. There were also a number of smaller shrines and temples to visit if you have the time.
Written 9 May 2023
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