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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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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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We did this walk at the recommendation of our hostel staff and other sources such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Had the blossoms been going in full bloom, it would have truly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a 2km walk along a canal that is peaceful and serene be prepared for large crowds during Blossom season of March April and also in Autumn as threes line the full walk. There are ample places to eat along the way and there are lots of Shrines as well. be prepared for lots of stalls at the end... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great road to walk and walk. tired of too many temples and pagodas. you need secular stories in most of your time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did this walk at the recommendation of our hostel staff and other sources such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Had the blossoms been going in full bloom, it would have truly been magical. However, we saw it pre-Sakura and it was just a nice walk through a quiet neighborhood. The trick is to find beauty in every season, which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Once you've been to Philosopher's Walk, you will understand why they call it that. The place will give you instant calmness and serenity. Its just a short distance but I guarantee you would prefer to stay here a little longer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice walk through Kyoto that connects a number of shrines. Most of them are not on the tourist lists, which makes it particularly nice - one can see a bit more of the "ordinary," - which is itself extraordinary in this wonderful city.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Is that the famous philosopher's walk? If yes , do not lose more than 2 minutes , and fortunately you won't have to , because it is one step away from the silver pavilion...That is a must see for the beauty of the Japanese gardens ( Not for the pavilion itself0

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely walk that is worth taking after visiting the Ginkakuji Shrine. Very much a gentle stroll and completely flat. The paving stones right next to the canal might be a bit tricky for older folks who are unsteady on their feet, but their is an option to walk along the main path that is a bit removed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't understand the hype. A walk along the bank of the waterway, but nothing special to put it on the tourist map. I guess it's something different if you're templed out, but Kyoto has so much to experience and it didn't do it for me. We turned around after 20 mins and headed back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

located in my favourite area of kyoto, peaceful, loving it. walking down the path and meeting interesting people, nature all around and temples down the way. also nise small bars/food places there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is an extensive walk so allow an hour or more. either from the silver temple or start at the other great temple . a very nice tranquil walk

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