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“Must See For Autumn Or Sakura”
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Philosopher's Walk
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Owner description: 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.
Balestier, Singapore
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“Must See For Autumn Or Sakura”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

We spent about 2 hours strolling along the 'Philosopher's Walk' on a sunny Sunday (2Dec2012) morning after visiting the 'Silver Temple'. It is a most memorable moment and (in our opinion a must experience in Kyoto) with many photogenic scenes. It is located between the 'Silver Temple' and Eikan-do Temple. The following were our experiences :

Pro =>
a) Leisure and serene walk with many beautiful autumn leaves. Read that it is one of the most beautiful places to view Sakura. Saw many bare Sakura trees on the path.
b) Not crowded on a Sunday autumn morning.
c) Good way to relax away from the crowds.
d) There are shops and cafe along the path to relax and distract.
e) Near the end of the path (South side) we saw many beautiful and fluffy cats basking in the morning sun.
f) No entrance fee.

Con =>
a) You need at least 1 hour to enjoy the path. If time is tight, suggest to visit the South side which is more beautiful.
b) Go in the morning, where the morning sun is perfect for photo taking.
c) Not well promoted. So not crowded.
d) No public bathroom facilities. Use the cafe bathrooms.

Will return during spring. Must see attraction!

Visited December 2012
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“Not as imagined”
Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

This may be beautiful in the spring with cherry trees along the canal; however, it isn't as pictureesque as i had hoped or my guidebook led me to believe. It is a sidewalk along a canal next to a small paved road that has several tea shops and stores. It was packed with Japanese tourists when we visited, and we even passed two tractors doing construction on the road. We turned back as to not waste time in Kyoto.

1 Thank Kate W
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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“Just a walk along a ditch”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I'd remembered this path from the time I lived in Japan, over 40 years ago as a lovely place. I persuaded by daughter to walk it when she visited 3 years ago for work. She came back saying she wasn't impressed. Having walked it last week, I have to say I agree with her.
It's just a rather rough path by what is really a ditch, rather than a canal. The canal is bridged by a number of what must be water or sewage pipes and is rather dirty. There are a number of fairly ordinary tourist shops and some restaurants alongside, as well as some rather nice houses, but the path itself is rather unkempt and would be difficult for wheelchair users, or others with physical disabilities, to manouvre along.
Maybe it's different in the spring with the cherries are in blossom. Personally I'd give it a miss the rest of the year.

Visited November 2012
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cambridge,New Zealand
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“A lovely walk.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We chose to do this after visiting the Silver Temple-it's a gem and not to be missed.There is so much to see,quaint houses ,large houses,very modern house.Several eateries and various shops-all within a few metres of the walk.We found a shop selling second hand kimono at very reasonable prices so if you are after a souvenir this is a good place.I bought an old kimono for the fabric, but there were many kimono in excellent condition.The kimono also came in useful for wrapping around pottery in my bag for the flight home.

Visited October 2012
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“Philosopher's Walk”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Lovely walk along the canal. Quaint boutique-like shops to peek at along the way... Pretty flat (level) walk ... refreshing...

Visited October 2012
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