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The Philosopher’s Path

One of Japan’s heralded philosophers is said to have meditated daily as he walked on a stone route alongside a canal on his commute to Kyoto University. The scenic path, shaded by hundreds of cherry trees, quickly became known as The Philosopher’s Path (or The Path of Philosophy), and today hundreds of people traverse the two-kilometer trail every day searching for peace, insight, and a clear mind. Small temples and shrines peek out from the cherry trees, beckoning to thinkers and walkers in search of religious observance.

Originating near Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion temple, the trail extends to the Kyoto neighborhood of Nanzenji. Near the end of the trail, a large aqueduct greets visitors, a popular spot to stop and take photos. Restaurants and cafes dot the trail. In the Spring, The Philosopher’s Path is one of the best places in all of Kyoto  to enjoy the vibrant cherry blossoms in bloom.

Practical Info

Reach The Philosopher’s Path by a 5-10 minute north of Nanzenji’s main temple buildings. The walk takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, but many visitors take longer to explore the temples and sights along the route.

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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you’ll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.75

Private Tour: 4-Day Best of Tokyo and Kyoto Including Tsukiji Market, Gion and Fushimi Inari Shrine

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on a private four-day tour of Japan’s greatest cities – Tokyo and Kyoto! Visit both modern and ancient attractions with a ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,171.76

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