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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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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 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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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This place is a wonderful walk leading all the way up to Ginkaku-Ji (Unless you start from that end, in which case it's a lovely walk from Ginkaku-Ji). The pathway is lined with sakura, with a narrow cannel on one side. The water in the cannel is shallow and crystal clear, so you can see lots of fish happily swimming... More 

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I went during cherry blossom season and the path was lined with blossoming trees. It was just stunning. The path was quite busy with tourists, but if you are happy to relax and not rush it is a very lovely walk. There are also benches along the canal to stop and enjoy the scene and many cafes line the path... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If u have time then do walk on this path.. it's mesmerising , quite with cherry blossom tree on both sides and a smooth canal flowing on one side . Words can't explain this, it's to be felt. Can have dinner at a really good Japanese restaurant after a brisk walk.. the walk is really romantic and u can feel... More 

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I was there in the pouring rain which knocked off a lot of the cherry blossoms but it was peaceful and relaxing without the crowd. Meander along. Look at the scenery. Potter in the few shops along the way

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We were very fortunate to run into cherry blossom during our visit this year. And the path became profoundly beautiful due to its myriads of cherry trees. However, because of cherry blossom, it was pretty crowded and noisy. Still it's worth visiting. Another time to visit is during the foliage, which has fewer travelers and you can enjoy the tranquility... More 

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