Philosophers Walk

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

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.

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

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  • Philosophers Walk Address: Higashiyama, between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja, Kyoto, Japan
  • Philosophers Walk Timing: 24-hrs
  • Philosophers Walk Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Philosophers Walk(preferred time): 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Philosophers Walk: 00:45 Mins
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  • 79.69% of people who visit Kyoto include Philosophers Walk in their plan

  • 44.39% of people start their Philosophers Walk visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Philosophers Walk

Monday, Thursday and Sunday

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

People normally club together Nanzen-ji and Nishiki Market 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
  • A perfect place to have a stroll on a nice sunny day. It is very calm, and surprisingly not too overrun by tourists, although the stores along the way are definitely catered to tourists. Very picturesque streams, foliage and old houses. It would be amazing to see it in spring with the cherry blossoms

  • Highly enjoyable walk. Something different from the rest of Kyoto. With the mountains in the background, it provides a serene presence. Not too touristy (although the prices from the shops are) as in overly congested with people. Great place to just grab a book, plonk yourself in a cafe and just let time fly away.

  • Definitely a main sightseeing spot in Tokyo especially cherry blossom and fall foliage season or just in general. Pretty well maintained casual trail. You walk along a small water channel and you can look at architecture of residences.Tourists throughout but not crowded due to the long length of the walk. A bit of a walk from subway station. Bring your own water but don't drink too much as there're no public washrooms. The path is approximately 1.5 car widths.

  • A MUST see during cherry blossom season. One of the most beautiful places to observe the Sakura trees in full bloom. I’m sure it makes for an equally enjoyable time during other seasons, but definitely good during this time. Read a couple blogs that said it was worth seeing. I rushed over here as the day was getting late, and made it just in time. Cute pathways and full of greenery. The coolest part was at the end of the path. All the pedals from the trees were backed up to the water looked pinkish-white (see pictures) pretty special stuff.

  • Regarded as a peaceful, tranquil, and quiet path alongside a small stream is all true in its entirety. During cherry blossom season would be an excellent time to walk here, but it'd be crowded. During any other time is just as good. There isn't much stores along the path so best to buy something to drink or eat before hand. Great place to walk for a little date. There was a small unmanned stand with supplies to buy from, so you'd put the money in a box and take the item you need. In NYC that won't happen. Nothing much to see along the path, but it's the quietness is what you're coming here for.

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