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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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Pleasant place for a stroll

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... read more

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 ( Not for the pavilion itself0

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 their is an option to walk along the main path that is a bit removed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't understand the hype. A walk along the bank of the waterway, but nothing special to put it on the tourist map. I guess it's something different if you're templed out, but Kyoto has so much to experience and it didn't do it for me. We turned around after 20 mins and headed back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

located in my favourite area of kyoto, peaceful, loving it. walking down the path and meeting interesting people, nature all around and temples down the way. also nise small bars/food places there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is an extensive walk so allow an hour or more. either from the silver temple or start at the other great temple . a very nice tranquil walk

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the hour walk form temple to temple with great views, coffee shops for a quick break and lovely plants.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't understand why this is on the tourist route - nothing to see at all! Maybe with the blossom there will be a wow factor but on a March afternoon it was no more than a pleasant stroll by a stream. Fine if you are in the area, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kyoto is very very attractive pure Japanese spirit city. Everthing in Kyoto is traditional and so interesting but I love this Philosopher's walk best.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As I was told, the Philosopher's walk is named after Nishida Kitaro, a famous philosopher and professor. It is said that the professor always have a walk here to have a peace of mind after brainstorming sessions, and it is fairly easy to see why. Tetsugaku-no-michi, as it is called in Japanese, is a 2km long, pedestrian-only path lined up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see great view but the winter did not help at all, the views are no similar to the ones going around the internet, i would say it is nice to see but, I recommend going in any other season. Their is a entrance fee of 500¥ around 5 usd.

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