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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto
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Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very quiet walk along a quiet "stream". . Even purchased some local art along the way. Walk is primarily in a residential neighborhood with many interesting home architecture settings. food and drink is available along the way but not in abundance.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Roger K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to start the day by strolling along the Path of Philosopher. Visit great temples such as Ginkakuji and Nanzenji along the way. Take a look at the shops that house along the path and you discover unique handmade souvenoirs worth bring back home!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank xueyun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have time to kill and don't mind a walk through the back streets of Kyoto, then you'll enjoy this one. It is quite long however there a few stops on the way viewing the different temples and shrines. It was pretty much closed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JodHami
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just after visiting Nanzen-ji keep on walking towards this path along the river with nice cherry blossoms (when u come during spring). Along the way there's a tiny shop that sells cheap but very nice kimono for only 1000 yen. The owner is a very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rohaiza
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an enjoyable walk. We visited Ginkakuji Temple at one end and Nanzenji Temple near the other end. If we had more time, we could have seen more temples or spent time browsing the little shops along the way (one in particular sold a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Copa6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fine walk along the canals, with Temple highlights and nearby eateries. Once into the residential areas, the restaurants become much fewer, but plenty near the main temples and cultural museums.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tremm298
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The path will very amazing during autum (With colourful maple leaves) or spring (cherry blossom). But you can visit many shrines / temples along the path.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Donipku
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked the path at the end of a long day sightseeing.... A few shops open and no time to ckeck out the small temples up the hillside along the path.... Will tried it next time

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J3744EXpeterb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having been here previously on 3 separate occasions, I must say this place is quite worthwhile of a walk (especially after visiting either the Silver Temple or Nanzenji). It is very quiet and calming, is lined with numerous coffee houses and small cafes. There are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank yeskoa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely walk from temple to temple through Kyoto. Very quiet and a few little cafes and shops on the way. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Alsfter_april
May 24, 2017|
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Response from warrenD190 | 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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Russ G
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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Southpaw
UK
Tweaking 15 day Itinery - help please (7 Replies)
Hi We arrive at Tokyo on Nov 15th then stay there for 6 nights. While in Tokyo plan to spend time in Tokyo and day trips around area. Would also like to visit Mount Haguro. Day trip or overnight stay up there? Then on Nov 21st activate JR railpass and travel to Kyoto spending 4 nights there. Explore Kyoto and maybe day trips from there inc Philosophers walk, Myoshin Temple On 25th Nov leave Kyoto and head to Hiroshima and spend 2 (maybe 1??)nights there. Then on Nov 27 head to...More
October 11, 2009|
Response fromShibuyakko|
Your itinerary looks good over all. One thing I'd like to point out is that Nov.21-23 is a 3 day weekend at the peak of autumn foliage season and Kyoto will be packed. It'll be very difficult to find good accommodations. You may want to go to Koyasan and Hiroshima first and come back to Kyoto. See if you can find a good place to stay in Kyoto first and go from there. Iga is closer to Kyoto. The day trip to Mt. Fuji should be done from Tokyo. I recommend finding a hotel in a good...More
jess_sg
Singapore
4 1/2 days in kyoto - Help required (13 Replies)
Most probably i will reach kyoto on a friday at 1 pm. After checking into matsubaya inn, i will start the rest of my day for kyoto. Reach kyoto on 20 Mar (PM) Leaving kyoto on 25 Mar (Noon) Day 1(Fri) : Half a day left in kyoto Day 2(Sat) : 1 day trip to Nara (from kyoto) Day 3(Sun): One full day in kyoto Day 4(Mon): 1 day trip to Himeji & Osaka Day 5(Tue): One full day in kyoto Places i would like to cover in kyoto: Shopping/Entertainment/Food: Gion area Shijo...More
January 18, 2009|
Response fromShot|
Day1 would be spent on your trip to the Gion/Okazaki area: Yasaka, Kodaiji, Heian Shrine and Chion-in. FYI, if you are into Japanese gardens, Kodaiji and Heian Shrine are a must. Day3 would be for Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji, Day5 for Silver Pavilion, P.Walk, Nanzenji and (a bit far from there) Kiyomizu. The reason I put Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu in the above order is just like the way it is, in IMHO, when you have your dinner, starting with aperitif and ending with dissert, not the other...More
mcelebrant
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Tokyo- Hiroshima (13 Replies)
We have 7 days to spend in Japan This will be a return trip. We plan to get a JR pass and spend our time between Hiroshima and Tokyo wanting to take in Kosciusko and only one day in Kyoto as we have been there before.(loved the Philosophers Walk in Autumn Would really appreciate any recommendations and must visits. Cheers
January 15, 2009|
Response from60yoAussie|
The following notes on our recent trip to Japan give you some ideas. Allow at minimum a full day in Hiroshima/Miyajima. Visit Hakone if you haven't been there. We particularly enjoyed Takayama and Kanazawa. If you haven’t been to Japan, do yourself a favour: pack your walking shoes soon, and go. We thought Japan and the Japanese were FANTASTIC. The country is visually exciting – different to other parts of Asia…gentle…in contrast to say Thailand, form and shape are important, colour...More