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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cherry blossoms” (147 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (64 reviews)
“small canal” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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"cherry blossoms"
in 147 reviews
"peaceful walk"
in 64 reviews
"small canal"
in 27 reviews
"ginkakuji temple"
in 42 reviews
"sakura season"
in 52 reviews
"silver pavilion"
in 61 reviews
"beautiful path"
in 15 reviews
"full bloom"
in 49 reviews
"great walk"
in 36 reviews
"shops and cafes"
in 14 reviews
"sakura trees"
in 18 reviews
"early april"
in 15 reviews
"both sides"
in 24 reviews
"long walk"
in 34 reviews
"take your time"
in 19 reviews
"kyoto station"
in 15 reviews
"stream"
in 95 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Kyoto on April 2 nd and this walk was a wondrous walk and journey. I had earlier seen the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku park in Tokyo but here they were more beautiful I was seeing cherry blossoms for the first time and each...More

Thank Mangayarkarasi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We combined the path with a visit to the silver temple and dimonji mountain which gives you a great day in Kyoto. If you want you can finish the day in gion quarter. The path is beautiful with nice cafe's and art and crafts stores....More

Thank cohenfamily_12
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

but I think gets crowded during the day. I went very early in the morning on my way to the Silver Pavilion. There was no one there at 8 am but on the way back around 930, there were already a line of selfies... I...More

Thank Pv2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We could have walked hours there so peaceful, so quiet and so nice. We stop for coffees at every corner, it was such an incredible peaceful experience with my wife and the kids. It is a must do in Kyoto. David

Thank David B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we unfortunately kissed the peak of the cherry blossoms which line the bubbling canal, this walk beside the canal is delightful and a classic Kyoto attraction, with shops, cafes and temples along the way.

Thank sydneysider48
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy 2km canal side walk with an opportunity to visit major temples on the way. Start at Higashiyama temple and enjoy a pleasant stroll down to Eikando temple. Enjoy the beautiful flowering plants.

Thank Sandyretriever
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seems obvious. But if you aren't sure, there is a beginning and an end marked with two shrines. I suggest starting on the north and going south, but either or really.

Thank ByronofMelbourne
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can’t miss the beautiful walk along the canal, especially when the cherry blossom is at it’s peak. It is very crowded but don’t let that deter you. There are lots of little restaurants along the way to stop and have some tea.

Thank dgflys
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first went to the Philosophers Path was in early March when we saw a few blossom trees in full bloom. We met lots of people of lots of European and Australian homelands. On that occasion we walked both ways and stopped for a light...More

Thank James C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located near the silver temple we went for a short stroll along the path. It was late April and no cherry blossoms in sight. Oh well maybe next time.

Thank rickmen
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Alsfter_april
May 24, 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
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RussellWu
February 23, 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
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smsvancouver
January 30, 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 :)
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