Philosophers Walk

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  • Address: Higashiyama, between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Japan
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Off Beaten Path, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature

About Philosophers Walk, Kyoto

The Philosopher's Walk is a stone path approximately 2 kilometres long, which runs through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal and, lining the path are hundreds of cherry trees. Usually in early April these cherry trees explode with colour. The path is every nature lover’s, every romantic’s and every photographer’s dream. It is Kyoto’s most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spot. The path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighbourhood of Nanzenji. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Kyoto itinerary 7 days.

Philosophers Walk Information

  • Try to visit during Spring (for cherry blossoms) or Autumn (for glowing orange trees).

How To reach Philosophers Walk by Public Transport

  • Bus stop on Shishigatani Dori

Restaurants Near Philosophers Walk

  • Cafe Terrazza
  • Sagan kohi-ten
  • Cafe Sedona

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Things to Know Before Visiting Philosophers Walk

  • 95% of people who visit Kyoto include Philosophers Walk in their plan

  • 34.43% of people start their Philosophers Walk visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Philosophers Walk

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

91.93% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Philosophers Walk

People normally club together Kyoto Imperial Palace and Arashiyama while planning their visit to Philosophers Walk.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Philosophers Walk, Kyoto Reviews

  • This walk was very charming. A great chance to take photos and enjoy the immense beauty Kyoto has to offer. It was rarely overly packed with hoards of tourists even at peak hours during cherry blossom season. I highly recommend putting on a good soundtrack and taking a leisurely stroll along the canal.

  • Nice peaceful place to take a stroll between temple visits. Nothing particularly spectacular but some nice wildlife was good to see. Would be absolutely stunning for the week of full cherry blossom blooms but unfortunately it appears our visit was around a week early. Close but not close enough! Next week it will be amazing so come then!!

  • So beautiful n peaceful. Best time to visit is during the day. Small cafes around just add to the experience. Cherry blossom as seen in magazines n postcards become true here.

  • Another awesome cherry blossom spot. The walk along this path is really nice and not too long. You can also enjoy one of nearby place to drink coffee etc.

  • Took a leisurely stroll down this path. Saw quite a few artists pedalling their artworks and bought a few items from them. Unfortunately, the Sakura blossoms have fallen due to rain from previous days and thus the view was not as great as anticipated. Worth a visit.

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