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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” (138 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (58 reviews)
“small canal” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

I would want to go back to this place and just feel the serenity of being close to nature. This is must-see place when you are in Kyoto. The long walk is worth it.

Thank IgorotTraveller
Reviewed 29 January 2017

It is a peaceful walk that will take you to several different points of interest and in no way difficult walking. Particularly nice on a sunny day but a crisp Spring afternoon is also quite enjoyable.

Thank Rick H
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Its not so romantic as many people say. As it connects couple temples, you will definitely use it, but its not the main sight

Thank JD D
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Worth the walk even in winter. I enjoyed the walk along the canal and the children enjoyed the run around.

Thank Bonpete-7173
Reviewed 16 January 2017

pick a few temples to see along the way and enjoy all the garden views. We popped into a few interesting stores along the way

Thank fsc003
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

It is very charming and lovely walk or cycling at Philosopher paths, especially in early evening. Both sides with classic & beautiful residential houses and a lot of cats walk freedom in the area. Nice place to explore and shooting. 😍

Thank SukChing
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

The walk along the canal is very peaceful and pretty. In the cherry blossom season it is all pink but any other time it is beautiful as well.

Thank John V
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Most places we visited in Kyoto involved working out the train system which is quite easy once you get the hang of it. For this one you need to travel by bus. not a huge issue but another system to work out. Not sure how...More

Thank SUe B
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We started walking from our hotel (The Westin Miyako) all the way down to the Silver Pavilion. It was a long walk but definitely worth it. It is beautiful and quiet. We stopped on the way at a matcha cafe with a view to a...More

Thank Ana J
Reviewed 11 January 2017

When we got to the path, it wasn't very clear we were on it until I noticed the stones leading the way. We didn't see too many people, and I suspect it's because we went when the trees aren't as green and in bloom. Along...More

Thank Alex D
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Hello, is there any hotels near the philosopher's walk? I would like to stay there for a day.
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
Hi, I'm curious to understand how long it takes to do the Philosopher's walk. Should I plan for a full day? half day? an hour? Thanks!
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.
Hi Ana, I am wondering if you remember the name of the Matcha Cafe you stopped at on the way to Philosopher's Garden?
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 :)