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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 today

Among the many attractions in Kyoto that deserved more exploration is the area around Ginkaku-ji Temple. At the rear of Ginkaku-ji Temple is the Daimonjiyama. I hiked up the mountain and enjoyed a spectacular panoramic view of Kyoto city. There is also this philosopher's walk...More

Thank soh_kien_peng
Reviewed yesterday

Did philosophers walk yesterday. There had been plenty of snow the night before in Kyoto so the walk had a sureal feel about it. I am sure during chery blossom season this would be a must, however, we encountered a day where nobody was around...More

Thank andrewjenny
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed the walk along a small stream. Plenty of shadow to find. We even found a good restaurant nearby.

Thank TFSthlm
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were here in winter but couldn’t resist the opportunity to take this walk along the river - even saw some fish in the river !

Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely walk that culminates in the Ginkakuji temple (excellent udon restaurant also nearby). Not busy when we walked later in the day & really quite serene with sign posts to temples allowing for detours. Gift & other shops along the way unobtrusive so don’t...More

Thank bavey
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came on this walk after visiting Ginkakuji Temple. One part of the walk starts here, and we were lucky enough to visit during full bloom for sakura (the cherry blossoms). The walk is along canals overhanging with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. It was...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

哲學之道- 賞紅葉 Philosopher's Walk ( Admiring the red leaves n' hea-ing with cats)  「哲學之道 」位於京都「銀閣寺」附近,它是一條小河旁的行人路,步行約30-40分鐘即到若王子神社 沿途上還不少餐廳、咖啡店,路邊小食店和特色商店, 沿途會經過幾所神社, 如時間許可,值得花點時間看看!  用一日券 Bus 100 和 102 號

Thank Ho Man Eva H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This area is worth the hike. There are beautiful homes , some shops ( not overwhelming) & few cafes. It was cold & rainy, but the main attraction, Ginkakuji Temple, is worth taking the time to visit. Unfortunately, most the temples along the way were...More

Thank Elvia M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very scenic path with a lot of cherry trees, starting near ginkakuji. I recommend going there and then walking down the path. Probably very crowded during cherry blossom season.

Thank Mirjana M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Philosopher’s Walk is a scenic trail that links Nanzenji to the Silver Pavilion. This trail is most scenic during spring and autumn, and not so much in winter. This trail is around 3km long and along the way, one can visit some relatively more hidden...More

Thank SipsTea
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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
23 February 2017|
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Response from takeshi52 | Reviewed this property |
Thank you for your interest in Kyoto. At most one hour is sufficient. When is your visit to Kyoto? My recommendation is during spring cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. In spring, The Philosopher's Walk(the path of... More
30 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 :)