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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” (147 reviews)
“peaceful walk” (64 reviews)
“small canal” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sakyo-ku | between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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"cherry blossoms"
in 147 reviews
"peaceful walk"
in 64 reviews
"small canal"
in 27 reviews
"ginkakuji temple"
in 42 reviews
"sakura season"
in 52 reviews
"silver pavilion"
in 61 reviews
"beautiful path"
in 15 reviews
"full bloom"
in 49 reviews
"great walk"
in 36 reviews
"shops and cafes"
in 14 reviews
"sakura trees"
in 18 reviews
"early april"
in 15 reviews
"both sides"
in 24 reviews
"long walk"
in 34 reviews
"take your time"
in 19 reviews
"kyoto station"
in 15 reviews
"stream"
in 95 reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 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

1  Thank Yasmine P
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 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

1  Thank Anastasia G
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

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.

1  Thank albertosR7320AZ
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Started at the silver temple end and walked back down the philosophers walk towards the city. It's free, not crowded, beautiful and there is plenty to do along the way. It's a great activity if you want to slow the pace and enjoy a less...More

Thank This_treacle_pie
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend making this peaceful walk, stopping in at temples that catch your eye. Take a break and have a drink along the river. Reflect. One of our favorite things we did in Japan!

Thank Matthew_Jernigan
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Biked along Philosopher's walk and had a wonderful time! Nice little shops and cafes scattered around the path as well. I would recommend biking along the path and stopping at a cafe for some coffee or matcha.

Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This was not a bad walk, but there wasnt much to see outside of greenery and some flowing water. I can imagine it would be nice in cherry blossom time or when the leaves are turning colors in Fall. Not many people there so it...More

Thank PitcherRoss76
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Once you start this walk you leave the crowd the temples behind you and it is a nice alternative to the busy city. The surroundings are nice, quite relaxing at the outskirts of town. Many temples on the way, do go and see Honen-in, which...More

1  Thank Marjo1187
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

After a day of following our noses around Kyoto, it was nice to have a clearly marked path and not have to keep referring to our map. We enjoyed the temples along the path as well as the shops and people-watching.

Thank jloug
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Alsfter_april
24 May 2017|
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Response from warren D | Reviewed this property |
I strongly favor the Westin Miyako Hotel on Sanjo. It is at the heart of Higashi-yama so you can walk in one direction to the Philosopher's walk and Silver Temple and to Kyomizudera in the opposite direction. I have done... More
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RussellWu
24 February 2017|
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Response from takeshi52 | Reviewed this property |
Thank you for your interest in Kyoto. At most one hour is sufficient. When is your visit to Kyoto? My recommendation is during spring cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. In spring, The Philosopher's Walk(the path of... More
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Response from Ana J | Reviewed this property |
This was the name of the cafe: Yojiya Cafe Ginkakujiten We loved it :)
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