Philosopher's Walk
Philosopher's Walk
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • NYC_Geezer
    New York City, New York75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take some time walk this lovely area
    After a long day of shopping and eating, stopped here for a lovely afternoon stroll. Really nice area, some great little food and bar places along the path as well as a few shrines and temples. You don’t need to be a philosopher to walk this trail but you will have a relaxing time.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk
    The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto is a serene and picturesque walkway lined with cherry blossoms and temples. It follows a canal that's said to have been a favorite route of the philosopher Nishida Kitaro. The path is perfect for a peaceful stroll and offers a glimpse into Kyoto's rich cultural heritage. We used this path to walk towards Higashiyama Jisho-ji and found it very peaceful. It was disappointing that the cherry blossom season has passed by the time we visited which would have been a great addition to our visit. Highly recommended!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking experience
    The Philosopher's Path in Kyoto during spring is a breathtaking experience! Lined with cherry blossom trees, it's a picturesque stroll along a serene canal. The delicate pink petals create a magical atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for Hanami. Embrace the tranquility and be inspired by the beauty of nature. A must-visit gem!
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • N D
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom1,280 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Pretty
    We did this in August. Although it was very pretty, it was extremely hot and we wouldn’t have walked the full two miles had we realised that it is pretty much the same along the whole route. I imagine this would be lovely in the cooler months. It’s very close to the Silver Pavilion so makes good sense to combine the two.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, Rhode Island1,387 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but ok if you don’t go.
    The walk is about two miles, which is pretty, but except for lively trees, it looks the same as you continue. We decided not to walk the entire way since the views didn’t really change much. I’m sure this walk would be better in the spring with the cherry blossoms.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • MC0959
    Toronto, Canada150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice, out-of-the-way stroll
    Philosopher's Walk is a beautiful laneway alongside a creek. In the fall, the leaves were changing. There were some quaint shops along the pathway. There is an upper walk that goes to a Temple area. Great for snacks. We found ourselves here because of a dinner reservation at an incredible restaurant, Monk. If you are lucky enough to book a seat at Monk, you are in for a fabulous treat.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great peaceful walk
    Walked along this quaint path from one end to the other and it brought back many memories from a walk we did here years ago. Not as busy as some other areas which was nice. Shops and cafes to stop for a snack or drink along the way. Very peaceful and lovely
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 20, 2023
  • tracey k
    Redmond, Washington646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthy Cherry Blossom Walk
    Philosophers Walk is about a 30 minute walk, more if crowded. It is level, and stroller friendly. There are plenty of little cafes and food booths, and taxis available at each end of the path. The cherry blossom trees are spectacular. There are cross streets so you don't have to do the whole path. Each end of the path has a large temple well worth visiting.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark4,153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Combine this Poetic Walk with Kyoto's Lovely Silver Pavilion
    Philosopher’s Path stretches about 2 km along a picturesque canal. Feel free to combine this poetic stroll with a visit to the lovely garden at the Silver Pavilion (which isn't immensely exciting on its own). You'll find a couple of cafes and shops along Philosopher’s Path, so you can quench your thirst and indulge in any shopping desires.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Philosopher’s Path stretches about 2 km along a picturesque canal. Feel free to combine this poetic stroll with a visit to the lovely garden at the Silver Pavilion (which isn't immensely exciting on its own).

You'll find a couple of cafes and shops along Philosopher’s Path, so you can quench your thirst and indulge in any shopping desires.
Written April 15, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very serene and beautiful atmosphere. We were lucky enough to be there during full Sakura bloom which made it that much better. Lots of tourists though so it can be crowded at times.
Written April 12, 2024
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tracey k
Redmond, WA646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Philosophers Walk is about a 30 minute walk, more if crowded. It is level, and stroller friendly. There are plenty of little cafes and food booths, and taxis available at each end of the path. The cherry blossom trees are spectacular. There are cross streets so you don't have to do the whole path. Each end of the path has a large temple well worth visiting.
Written April 7, 2024
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Jet508846
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Stumbled into this place while looking for another temple. Cherry Blossoms in full bloom at the moment. Was a beautiful view. Helped take a photo for beautiful young woman with a (Irish?) accent she was nice. Would go again.
Written April 6, 2024
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Tan M
Singapore, Singapore160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited in the morning around 8am+ on a rainy day. Lovely sight with cherry blossoms, stream and bridges. Enjoyed the air and sight. Quiet and few visitors.
Written April 3, 2024
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Walked along this quaint path from one end to the other and it brought back many memories from a walk we did here years ago. Not as busy as some other areas which was nice. Shops and cafes to stop for a snack or drink along the way. Very peaceful and lovely
Written December 20, 2023
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Famous for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), Philiospher's Path is a pleasant walkway lined with stone path along a canal. This path has been in use since 1890. It is named after two of Japan’s most famous philosophers, Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe. We came on Dec 09, 2023 for koyo viewing and we loved what we saw. Surrounding the path are shrines/temples of impressive architectural designs. Koyo punctuated the temples in striking red, yellow, orange and brown. The entire ambience is uniquely Japanese. This is what we came here for - to be culturally immersed and awed. Please check out the pictures we took.
Written December 9, 2023
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MC0959
Toronto, Canada150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Philosopher's Walk is a beautiful laneway alongside a creek. In the fall, the leaves were changing. There were some quaint shops along the pathway. There is an upper walk that goes to a Temple area. Great for snacks.
We found ourselves here because of a dinner reservation at an incredible restaurant, Monk. If you are lucky enough to book a seat at Monk, you are in for a fabulous treat.
Written November 14, 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,004 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Then followed the “Philosophers Walk”, a path which meanders along a cherry tree lined canal; with local houses and craft shops potted along the way. Very nice.
Written October 25, 2023
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The walk is about two miles, which is pretty, but except for lively trees, it looks the same as you continue. We decided not to walk the entire way since the views didn’t really change much. I’m sure this walk would be better in the spring with the cherry blossoms.
Written October 9, 2023
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