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Philosopher's Walk

4.5/5
324 Reviews
Liked by 11
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 0.5-1 hour
Address: Sakyo District, Kyoto City
Phone: +81-75-7527070

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This pedestrian path following a canal in Northern Kyoto links Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji, two of the most famous temples in the city. The path takes its name because 20th century philosophers used for meditation and contemplation, and it's still a great place to get away from the city traffic, especially when the cherry trees are in bloom.

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  • HarryTours_Official
    HarryTours_Official
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    A dream come true in Fall!

    Of course Kyoto is known for its Temples and shrines and rightfully so, but it is the philosopher's walk we took, that has stuck with me the most, even after a whole year has passed. We visited the lo...

    Reviewed on /Date(1604949689000+0800)/
  • Safariholic
    Safariholic
    Epsom, Surrey, England
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    A very pleasant, peaceful, and gentle Canal-side stroll

    Title kind of says it all to be honest. Easy to find, free, suitable for strollers, wheelchairs & prams, no steps or inclines involved, Cherry-tree lined, quiet and peaceful. Philosophers hidden...

    Reviewed on /Date(1595835715000+0800)/
  • johnandlizb
    johnandlizb
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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    Pleasant and quiet

    We visited at the wrong time of year, and it is probably very beautiful in cherry blossom season. What we experienced was a very quiet path alongside little homes and shops and a small but very plain ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584871049000+0800)/
  • Komator
    Komator
    Barcelona, Spain
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    Cute path

    The Philosopher's path is a trail around a small river. Very quiet and relaxed. You can see traditional japanese houses around.

    Reviewed on /Date(1584778464000+0800)/
  • Francis M
    Francis M
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    More of a stroll than a walk but pleasant enough for an urban area

    The path can get a little congested even in rainy weather and out of season so take a care to make way for people coming in the opposite direction. There are routes right beside the canal, sometimes o...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584518253000+0800)/

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Introduction

The Philosopher's Walk is located in the foothills of Dongshan Mountain. It is next to an artificial river channel and passes through Faran Monastery before ending at Ginkakuji Temple. It is a walking path about 1.5 kilometers long and was once selected as one of Japan's famous roads. Because the philosopher Nishida Kentaro often came here to think about the philosophy of life, the famous cherry trees lining the roadside were donated by the artist Mrs. Hashimoto.
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