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Philosopher's Walk

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 University philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, who used it for his daily walk.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cherry blossoms” (139 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (60 reviews)
“small canal” (24 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I walked this path on my way to Ginkaku-Ji. It is really worth a visit. But it was really hot when I was there in July. Around 30 degrees Celsius.

Thank Jesper O
Reviewed 5 days ago

The cherry trees were still blooming, there was no so many tourists and I had the feeling of quietness. This is also a residential quarter. Must seen!

Thank Thierryonthego
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice way to end the day if you stay away from the crazy shops at 1 end. There are a few small local artisan shops along the way. I bought a beautiful silk jacket from one of them.

Thank Norma K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super pretty walk ( would be amazing during spring when cherry blossoms are out) We biked the path. Had we walked it would have been long and tiring and a bit boring in the hot sun. Two neat shops along the way selling antique and...More

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing mind blowing, but a very pleasant stroll for any fitness level. Touristy, but not completely overwhelmed by the hordes. Can be a bit tricky to find the starting point, as it is buried amongst a bunch of other tourist stuff.

Thank Frankie_Hummus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rode borrowed bikes along this lovely path. Lovely shady area, passing through many neighborhoods, with the opportunity to stop and get something to eat and browse in many interesting small shops. Excellent way to explore this part of Kyoto.

Thank DebOChicago_IL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure why the negative reviews. Yes there no shops it is simplya walk for people to enjoy an easy walk along a creek. Would do again.

Thank Geoff Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just as we entered the Silver Temple area we were approached by three young girls in full traditional kimono dress they were studying English at Kyoto University and wanted to be our guides to practise their English. It was a delight to talk to them,...More

Thank Yasmine P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

LOVES THIS WALK. Okay I'm not even going to lie, I despise walking. I am so lazy but I loved this walk so much. It was just so peaceful and there were so many temples along the way to see and so many places to...More

Thank Anastasia G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

sincei was a student i used tk walk here a lot. i lived near kyoto university. now seldom i go once or twice a year. still feel grat to be here.

Thank albertosR7320AZ
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24 May 2017|
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Response from Sue B | Reviewed this property |
I agree that any Kyoto hotel would be fine, as buses go there from all over the town. There was one small ryokan on the walk, but it didn't have a name out front. It would be a lovely spot to stay overnight, but mostly it's... More
24 February 2017|
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Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
We took about three hours, which included walking around the temple gardens and browsing in some terrific souvenir stores. You can buy textiles and antique silk kimonos for good prices. We also visited mid afternoon.
31 January 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 :)