Philosopher's Walk
Philosopher's Walk
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Key Info

Sakyo Ward

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Honoring Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used to stroll here on his commute to Kyoto University in the early 20th century, the Philosopher's Walk is a roughly mile-long pathway along the Lake Biwa Canal in the Higashiyama district of northern Kyoto. In the spring, the cherry trees overhang the canal blossom, emitting a flurry of petals onto the path every time the wind blows. But recent visitors say that Philosopher's Walk is gorgeous no matter the season.

Past travelers suggested setting aside about an hour to enjoy the walk, noting that you'll probably want to stop along the way to admire the temples and shrines that can be found just outside the walking path. Others also caution that the area can get quite congested during cherry blossom season. Although there are no public restrooms along the walk, there are cafes and shops.

Begin your leisurely amble down Philosopher's Walk at Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), and proceed south along the canal until the path's end in the Nanzenji neighborhood. You'll find Philosopher's Walk in the Higashiyama district of northern Kyoto, and you can walk it at any time of day free of charge. To get to the starting point at Ginkaku-ji, take the No. 5, 17 or 100 bus from Kyoto Station.

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