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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” (132 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 17 April 2017

Beautiful walk, aspecially at spring at the cherryblossoms. There is many nice little cafeterias in the area, which is a nice place to enjoy the growds and view.

Thank Katrine H
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a 2.1 km walk - and the absolute best place to view hundreds of cherry blossom trees. We saw Geisha, had a great Japanese lunch and there are many shrines to see as well. Kyoto is a beautiful place - we were only...More

Thank val4522
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Not sure what the fuss is about. It is a pleasant walk next to a stream. Came during cherry blossoms season. After the first 200m you realise the scenery is very similar. Cherry blossom trees along the stream. A few coffee shops along the way...More

Thank Wongluk
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Perfect place for cherry blossoms viewing! Even though it was raining, it does not keep people from coming. Very nice walk along the path but it can be very crowded with people at certain times. We went there twice, definitely better to go either early...More

Thank HsHAR_78
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We only took this walk because Ginkaku-ji wasn't open when we came early in the morning, but it was a lovely calm way to see a little of the area.

Thank tuneless_lunacy
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to catch the blossoms during our visit. There are a lot of blossom trees and the blossom leaves were falling from the trees showering everyone in little bits of pink! Kids were picking up bundles and throwing them in the air. Such...More

Thank Vez02
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely walk past a number of different temples and shrines. It was a highlight during the cherry blossom bloom. It's an Instagram hotspot, with everyone stopping regularly for snapshots. There are many little shops along the way, so if you want souvenirs...More

Thank Rachel R
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

During the cherry blossom it is the best place the go. It is just wonderful and a very nice walk. There are cherry trees every where. The way brings you to there silver temple which has a very nice garden.

Thank Hanna K
Reviewed 13 April 2017

If you catch the timing to see Cherry Blossom in early April, it is a beautiful site and walk. Like any tourist place, plenty of shops and eating stalls. It is a very peaceful walk and enjoyable at other times of the year but most...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

A very pleasant walk along a small tree lined waterway, with a few tea shops etc. Popular in the autumn for a bit of colour. And also, rare greenery in very urban Japan. Definitely worth going this way if you're keen to see the temples...More

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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 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.
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 :)