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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cherry blossoms” (144 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (62 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 yesterday via mobile

I walked from Nanzen-ji temple to Ginkakuji temple on this path. It started to get dark but I still enjoyed the path. I can imagine it would be so beautiful in the spring or fall. Everything was clearly marked, so just follow the sign.

Thank Ha P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice stroll but as the weather was bad there wasn’t many nice views. I can imagine this place being busy in cherry blossom season

Thank V_roks
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A river with falling leaves is what makes this street so scenery and beautiful. Come during spring (April) during Sakura season!!

Thank Johan_Kinoshita
Reviewed 6 days ago

Philosopher's Walk starts from either side of Nanzenji or Kinkakkuji, depending on where we are going to and from. I opted to alight from the bus at Kinkkakuji (Silver Pavilion Temple), where the sign board for Philosopher's Walk in Japanese was very visible. To add...More

Thank Rosemary6015
Reviewed 1 week ago

we went here on our cycle ride round Kyoto - it must be amazing in the spring when the cherry blossom comes out. there was a lady who owned cats but the 35 cats now live on the walk - so friendly

Thank mikesbike123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful walk along the canal past beautiful gardens and temples. The canal is lined with trees and how beautiful it would be in cherry blossom time? The walk is about 2 km and it has a very rural atmosphere. Can't believe we were in...More

Thank ClaraHarriet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful and pleasant walk in Kyoto. Be sure to go on a week day or it will be wall to wall people.

Thank Deb P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you walk alongside the canal in this path you feel like you are in a completely different city, as if time stood still. Stroll along from Ginkakuji to Nanzenji on this path and get charmed.

Thank serchpodolski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the quietness of this path! I can.t imagine how it is when it’s Anahi since there are numérale cherry trees there but we went durin Momijicho and got the maple trees which was great! The path was not crowded and we walked...More

Thank luneriel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous walk to do and justifiably famous. Beautiful Autumn colors and views? Be sure to stop off at the Philosophers Cafe run by a lovely Frenchman and you can sip local Kyoto beer while people watching ...

Thank wanderl_st
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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 :)