Philosopher's Walk

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Kyoto, Japan
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Philosopher's Walk - Ginkakuji Temple (start or end point of the walk)
Philosopher's Walk - Heian Shrine (start or end point of the walk)
Philosopher's Walk - Heian Shrine (start or end point of the walk)
Philosopher's Walk - Heian Shrine (start or end point of the walk)
Philosopher's Walk - Heian Shrine (start or end point of the walk)
Philosopher's Walk - Route of the Philosopher's Walk

Philosopher's Walk Kyoto Reviews

binky binky
57 reviews
Meditation Time at The Philosopher’s Walk Mar 31, 2010
The Philosopher’s Walk is stretched out between Nanzen-ji Temple and the Silver Pavilion. The Silver Pavilion is where most people begin the path. I was a rebel and went from Nanzen-ji Temple as it was less crowded.

The Philosopher’s Walk is named after the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro who was a professor at Kyoto University. Kitaro would use this path almost daily for his meditation practices.

It is an easy 30-40 minute walk though it is easy to spend more time here. Easy enough, just grab a bench and enjoy the people watching which is very easy to do here, especially during the Cherry Blossom season. During the high seasons, Cherry Blossom and Fall Foliage, this area can be very crowded especially near the Silver Pavilion. There also are cafes or little stands to buy food if the mood strikes you.

The Philosopher’s Walk is worth trekking if you are in the area and need some alone time or just want to chat it up with a friend. Between the cherry blossoms and the still canal you are guaranteed some nice photo ops.
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Airportman says:
Not me! :D
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
binky says:
Exactly! Who could ever get tired of Japan?!?
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
Airportman says:
I would love to see all of Japan in autumn, spring... heck every season!
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
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andreakw andreakw
7 reviews
a peaceful path along the Uji canal Jul 17, 2009
哲学の道 Tetsugaku no Michi

A 2-km path along a canal. In spring or fall, it is especially pretty. The southern part of the walk takes you near some very fine traditional houses. From personal experience, I can vouch that the path is fine for bikes, too, although you'll have to hop off in a couple of spots.
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Airportman Airportm…
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Peaceful walk along the east side of Kyoto Jul 19, 2000
I did this walk only once when I was in Kyoto, during my first visit back in 2000. I went with 2 ladies from my tourgroup back then.

The path begins either at the Ginkakuji Temple or at the Nanzenji Temple. We decided to start at the Nanzenji Temple and walk up north, as we had left the Heian Shrine nearby.

The stone path leads along cherry trees and various temples, as well as residential areas and small shops. Not many people were doing this walk on this particular day, so it was really peaceful. We didn't visited the temples, so the walk lasts no more then 30 minutes (depending on your pace). We ended at the Ginkakuji Temple.

My only regret during this walk was that I didn't take any pictures :( But I hope to do the walk next time when I'm in Kyoto and will take my time with visiting the temples and taking pictures!
Route of the Philosopher's Walk
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Airportman says:
Maybe next year, but it's not certain yet :)
Posted on: Sep 19, 2011
Sweetski says:
And when will you be visiting Kyoto again? I'm looking forward to seeing the photos :)
Posted on: Sep 19, 2011

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