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Philosopher's Walk

#20 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This scenic path follows cherry-tree lined canal and is named after a Kyoto...

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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Pleasant and relaxed walk

Again we have a pleasant walk along Philosopher's path halfway from Ginkaku-ji to Nanzen-ji by late November. It was particularly relaxed early in the morning with full autumn... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2016
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Not so many things to see on this street. Just a long walk beside the river, between houses. There are some locals walking their dogs which is kinda fun to see.

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Reviewed 25 December 2016

I went to Tokyo on business in May 2016. I put my free time to good use and made a daytrip to Kyoto on a Saturday. After visiting the Ginkakuji Temple, you can walk along the Philospher's Path. It is a peaceful place and very scenic. I think it is too far to walk all the way to the Kiyomizu... More 

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

The walk along the way in the rainy morning gave me quite a feeling that this was the place I live for. There is nothing much there but it is beautiful and lots of cats on the way-- loved it!

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Visited here on the way to Ginkakuji, was on the way and easy to get to and find. As it is not one of the preferable months for seeing blossoms or autumn colours it was still a peaceful walk, however not a "must see" because of this. I think it would be alot less peaceful when crowded with tourists however,... More 

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Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is quite a walk so you need to be prepared. This is not one temple or attraction, but several/many temples along the way. I would allow 4 hrs. so you can make several stops and not feel rushed. Depending on the time allotted, you may have to pick and choose which spots to check out. It's hard to tell... More 

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

I'd highly recommend this walk. It's a little oasis of calm and a relief from the bustle of the city below. Running water, shrines, beautiful trees and snapshot vistas of the city, all while walking along an easy gradient. I was there in early December 2016 and although there was a constant stream of walkers, it never felt crowded. I... More 

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

A walk in September is quite less spectacular than in early April when the cherry blossoms season is. However, in late summer it is more quite and more a philosophers walk - in spring thousands rally through this place to take pictures.

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Reviewed 13 December 2016

We walked right by it and only noticed the walk-way when our guide pointed it out on the way back out of the zin garden. Probably pretty for a neighborhood walk in certain times of the year but just looked like an ordinary concrete canal to me in November.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Again we have a pleasant walk along Philosopher's path halfway from Ginkaku-ji to Nanzen-ji by late November. It was particularly relaxed early in the morning with full autumn foliage colors on both sides. Recommend to others to try the experience just a contrary to other crowded tourist spots in Kyoto.

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Reviewed 9 December 2016

You can hit several temples all in one go along here and the views of the trees changing color in the fall along the actual walk are beautiful. Certainly worth doing given you are really using it as a bonus to see some other temples you were probably going to already.

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