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“Nice walk along the canal”
Review of Philosopher's Walk

Philosopher's Walk
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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour
Ranked #20 of 1,113 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
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“Nice walk along the canal”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

This walk is a nice alternative after spending several days of visiting the beautiful temples of Kyoto. There are several temples along the walk though, most notably the Ginkakuji at the beginning/end of the walk. It is a beautiful walk under the shady cherry trees, which must be an astonishing sight during the season. There are many nice shops and little cafes along the route, and some beautiful houses.

Visited August 2013
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“Not worth the time if cherry trees are not in bloom”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

I had read such nice comments about this walk in guide books, but found it somewhat disappointing. After visiting Nanzen-ji temple we decided to start at the southern end and walk to Ginkaku-Ji. It was not well signposted and difficult to find the beginning of the path.

The walk was green and pleasant enough for a stroll, but after the first hour we were bored, tired, hot and couldn’t wait to get to the end. The path was very uneven, the plants unkempt, and the canal was littered and smelly in places

There were a few small shops along the way, but mostly backyards to view on either side of the canal.

There are more enjoyable ways of spending your time in Kyoto. Would probably be spectacular when the cherry trees are in bloom.

Visited July 2013
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“Serenity in Kyoto”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Philosopher's Walk is a nice hideaway from Kyoto. It would be perfect if you can spare half a day strolling from the starting point next to Ginkakuji. The shading of trees and the stream make you feel cool even in summer. Thanks to the natural cooling system, there are still some beautiful hydrangeas in mid-July. You may also take a good look at the lovely shops on both sides of the path. Travelers may sit down and have a refreshing cup of drink at the cafe after a long walk. In summer, there is tranquility that could never be found in cherry blossom season.

Visited July 2013
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“Only if you have time on your hands”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

I've been told that Philosopher's Walk is great during sakura season. We were there in September, so to us it was just a path for a nice relaxing stroll. Near Kinkakuji, so you may plan to do part of this path with a visit to Kinkakuji. It was interesting to observe the different styles of homes that were along the path. Not to mention the many vending machines. My vote goes to the machine that sells matcha ice cream. Yum!

Visited September 2012
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“Give it a miss if you don't have time”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Walk this path only if you intend to visit Ginkakuji followed by Eikan-do or Nanzenji. There is really nothing to see along the way except a narrow stream and some flowers along the way. A very long walk - takes about an hour or so with no rest stops.

Visited June 2013
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