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“Don't miss The Child's Mind Gallery on this walk!”
Review of Philosopher's Walk

Philosopher's Walk
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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour
Ranked #21 of 1,120 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.
Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Don't miss The Child's Mind Gallery on this walk!”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

Beautiful cherry blossom trees line this picturesque walk that takes you along a small stream for at
least a mile. On either side are houses and some small eating establishments and specialist shops. The walk itself is just stunning and there are many places to sit and contemplate the natural beauty or do some 'people watching' as it is often crowded with families and couples. One of the most memorable surprises for us was discovering The Child's Mind Sculpture Gallery. Housing the most wonderful and joyous wood carvings from artist Seiichi Omachi it became one of the highlights of our trip. Describing his work couldn't do justice to the sheer joy and pleasure of browsing his small gallery with these unique hand-carved images of children from aeromatic cedar wood. We couldn't take our eyes off the most delightful small 'child Buddha' which sat on a shelf. The artists wife called her husband to ask him what he called it and she came off the call and said "Joy". That really sums up this surprising gallery and I'm sure most people doing this walk would miss the store. It sits on the other side of the stream where fewer people walk so keep an eye out for it or try and ask your concierge to locate it for you before you get to the area.

Visited April 2014
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“A pleasant walk”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

This path takes you from the Silver Pavilion to a number of other temples, or vice versa - on foot or by bike. It makes for a very pleasant promenade.

Visited June 2014
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Chessington, United Kingdom
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“Calm and peaceful”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

A very pleasant walkway leading to the Ginkakuji Temple. It is not the most scenic but it is very relaxing and quiet, away from the hoards of tourists. There are plenty of benches along the way if you want to rest and there are also a few cafes for refreshments.

Visited May 2014
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Beijing, China
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“Not just for "Philosophers"”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Come on early April when the Sakura blooms. The better thingk is right after a rain. This 1 mile hiking rout is alone a right and very easy to finish. The Sakura is also alone the river at both sides.

Tips: walking from north end of Philosopher's Walk to south. It givvs a feeling of from blooms to peace.

Visited March 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Only your time is allowed”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

Only your time is allowed. The walk is ok if there were not a lot of tourist around. We combined this with Ginkakuji and Chion-in. It took us about 20 minutes. Japan is full of vending machines we got ourselves well hydrated to make the walk in a very hot day.

Visited June 2014
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