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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A Lovely Little Walk

I thought this place was lovely. I was there about a week before the peak Sakura season (the sakura was late). The various kinds of trees and plants had plenty of colour, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All the temples and shrines were closed at 5 pm, so we saved the Philosophers walk for the end of the day. Athough the cherry trees were not in bloom, it was a nice and peaceful, uncrowded walk that took about 45 minutes. A nice end of the day before our rest before dinner.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Few walks in the world can match the Philosopher's Walk in cherry blossom time. But I think it would be beautiful at any time of the year. It's a peaceful, contemplative walk which can take a few hours if you detour to the various shrines and tea houses along the way.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this place was lovely. I was there about a week before the peak Sakura season (the sakura was late). The various kinds of trees and plants had plenty of colour, the shops and cafes along the way added a nice touch. Didn't see any fish in the canal, but wasn't really expecting any. It was a gentle walk... More 

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A lovely walk to take your time my the water way, watch the fish and turtles. Shops on the way and ice cream. A gentle stroll on the overhanging trees to a beautiful Shrine. Enjoy

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Been here twice during Sakura season and once in fall and it's my favorite place. The quaint stores and cafes add a lot of charm to this place. Highly recommended during Sakura and fall season.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have taken this walk twice over the last decade. It did not get any better this time. There is very little to see and less to do. The little stream has a few carp. Many of the establishments were closed. I guess you could just 'philosophize' while you wander.

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Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was unfortunately rainy when I went, but nevertheless the blossoms were as beautiful as I could imagine. There were so many opportunities to take pictures with the trees, so there is no need to worry about taking photos with the trees. Of course, this is a popular tourist spot so be sure to note that the location will be... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The philosopher's walk is beautiful. Having the chance of getting surrounded by the cherry trees is definitely one of the most magical things I have been able to do on my trip to japan. Just spend some time to walk up and down and feel the vibe. Even if it is crowded, the experience will be worth every second of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's time to watch the water and the trees as you walk along the path and pretend to be a Buddhist philosopher . It's not that busy a walk . We hired a bike from the centre and cycled there - took 30 mins by bike or there are train stations nearby and a short walk . The walk itself... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this walk after a long day seeing all sorts of sights (and crowds). It was quiet, peaceful and FULL of cherry blossoms over the creek bed. Picturesque with a few random shops on the way. We went to the temple and cemetery nearby, too--really lovely walk.

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