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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” (140 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (61 reviews)
“small canal” (24 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

There's plenty to see as you wander down, but you need to make detours to get to the temples and shrines. The walk itself is not too long and fairly flat, lots of people doing it though.

Thank AndrewKen
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

If your heading up to the shrine walk along the path rather than jumping on the bus. Not worth going just for this thought.

Thank Ethan L
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I hoped for something a bit more off-the-beaten-track than this. It's thoroughly maintained & commercialised to the point where I kept checking my map thinking I'd got it wrong. Pretty, shops full of tourist goods & ice-cream. We went at the end of the day...More

Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This is a 2km walk along a canal that is peaceful and serene be prepared for large crowds during Blossom season of March April and also in Autumn as threes line the full walk. There are ample places to eat along the way and there...More

Thank scorpio811
Reviewed 27 March 2017

great road to walk and walk. tired of too many temples and pagodas. you need secular stories in most of your time.

Thank David J
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

We did this walk at the recommendation of our hostel staff and other sources such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Had the blossoms been going in full bloom, it would have truly been magical. However, we saw it pre-Sakura and it was just a nice...More

4  Thank Buhrdy
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Once you've been to Philosopher's Walk, you will understand why they call it that. The place will give you instant calmness and serenity. Its just a short distance but I guarantee you would prefer to stay here a little longer.

2  Thank astventures
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is a nice walk through Kyoto that connects a number of shrines. Most of them are not on the tourist lists, which makes it particularly nice - one can see a bit more of the "ordinary," - which is itself extraordinary in this wonderful...More

Reviewed 22 March 2017

Is that the famous philosopher's walk? If yes , do not lose more than 2 minutes , and fortunately you won't have to , because it is one step away from the silver pavilion...That is a must see for the beauty of the Japanese gardens...More

Thank brodalo
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely walk that is worth taking after visiting the Ginkakuji Shrine. Very much a gentle stroll and completely flat. The paving stones right next to the canal might be a bit tricky for older folks who are unsteady on their feet, but...More

Thank Stephen F
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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
24 February 2017|
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Response from aussietraveller47 | Reviewed this property |
It took us only an hour or so to walk along the path, and we were stopping to take photos. But if you really strolled along, looking at shops, walking into the shrines, it would take the best part of a morning or afternoon.
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 :)