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

Philosophers Walk - Review

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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TripHobo Highlights for Philosophers Walk

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Philosophers Walk

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

  • 34.59% 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

91.91% 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • So scenic and peaceful! Perfect for a relaxing stroll. There are lots of local stall/shops dotted along the way which sell cute items and what have you for souvenirs. Lots of cafes too. On one end of the path is the Ginkakuji pavilion which is surrounded by lush greenery, so lush you'd see all shades of green! So beautiful. That's probably the highlight of the path. Best thing is there are not much tourists so one can enjoy the walk better.

  • Scenic path with a stream of water to accompany you. If you look closely there are small fishes in the water as well. Along the way there are some coffee and dessert shops you can stop to have a break. This path leads to many attractions in the area such as yinkaku. The surrounding has many residences too so be careful not to make too much noises and disturb the peace of others.

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