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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” (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 9 April 2017 via mobile

The most beautiful place we have seen here...completely covered in Cherry blossom....truly stunning. The walk is delightful alongside a stream with a few shops and cafes along the way.

Thank Pammie56
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This dazzling walk along the river is pockmarked with local artisans and cafes. The temples and shrines along the way make it uniquely Kyoto, and lets you imagine what life must have been in years gone by. If you are able to go during cherry...More

Thank Kandid K
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The Philosopher's Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi) is a pleasant 2 km streamside path lined by cherry trees. The car-free path gets its name from Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945), a Kyoto University professor of philosophy, who used to stroll and meditate on the path. We were...More

Thank Soo K
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We visited during blossom time. A very pretty are that was very busy due to the celebration of blossoms but would still look pretty outside of this time. Little coffee shops close by.

Thank SP536
Reviewed 8 April 2017

this walk stretches over several kilometres and is a joy to wander at leisure , enjoy the beautiful tree lines walk ways and look at the many little shops along the way

Thank skysydney
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We were fortunate to be here for the cherry blossom (sakura) season which can vary. Recommended that you check the on-line ' sakura forecast' beginning in January for planning your visit or tour. It is at its busiest in blossom season, but also the most...More

Thank krl748
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I must say I really enjoyed the stroll along this walking path. Though the blossoms are not at full bloom, the little cafes and specialty shops at both sides of the canal were actually quite interesting..one can just have afternoon tea in one of these...More

1  Thank Joni H
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Nothing special in Philosophy Walk. We came here just for the Sakura view. Is a long walk with shops around. There are other better places can see full bloom Sakura. If you don't have much time you can skip this place.

Thank Josephine S
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This would have to be one of the nicest urban strolls you would find anywhere in the world when matched with the peak of the cherry blossom season and many beautiful kimono dressed Japanese young ( and older ladies ) out for photographs with their...More

Thank target008
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Pretty quiet - a nice meander if the weather's good. We also found the pottery shed halfway along to have the best pottery we found on the whole trip - they also do pottery courses if you want to make your own!

Thank Emily_Robin
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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 :)