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Path of Philosophy

/ 哲学の道
Path of Philosophy
Tetsugaku-no-michi (Path of Philosophy) is known as one of the famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. A path goes between near Ginkaku-ji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple areas. It takes less than 30 minutes by foot for one way. It is named after a Japanese philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, as he used to be engrossed in his thoughts while walking on the path. It is not only loved by locals but also by tourists to feel relaxed with a gorgeous cherry blossom arches in spring, fireflies in summer, red...more leaves in autumn, and snowy days in winter. There are various types of shops, restaurants, and cafés beside the path. Please enjoy with a wonderful scenery of the season.
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Less known but widely loved by both tourists and locals. Recommended if your schedule permits.
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What I really like about walking through Tetsugaku-no-michi is that I don't get bored at all through out the path. One reason is because of the cats following me in the middle of the way although I didn’t have any food for them to give. When I had a seat on the bench, it stopped and was waiting for me to begin walking again. If you are a cat lover, this is an area you must go.
Let's walk down the path with a beautiful view
Must See !
Let's Walk Down The Path With A Beautiful View
The length of the path is 1.8km long. Try walking slowly to be in the path as if you were a philosopher. Not only the trees are planted in a row, but also the sounds of the river running will make you feel relaxed. There are famous sightseeing spots along the way including Ginkaku-ji Temple, Honen-in Temple, Eikan-do Temple, and more. You could walk around and around all of them by foot in half a day. There are some benches on the way as well to take breaks. It is recommended to have a seat and ...morebe surrounded by nature.
Look down at the Canal
Must See !
Look Down At The Canal
This canal, which is a part of the Biwa-ko Lake in Shiga Prefecture runs beside the path of Kamo River and the Uji River sides. It was originally developed to run water to Kyoto City and also used as a motor of Japan’s first electric train in 1895. The train is exhibited in Heian-jinju Shrine which is located near Nanzen-ji Temple area. It is still used mainly as drinking water, hydroelectric, and industrial water. Not only look up at the nice view of the path, but also look down at the historic...moreal canal as well.
Take a photo with the rock
Must Do !
Take A Photo With This Rock
On the rock, "Path of Philosophy" is written in Japanese. A large number of tourists take photos with it. Taking photos is allowed, but please refrain from sitting on the rock.
Run into some cats
Must Do !
Run Into Some Cats
Around Nanzenji-Temple side, there are a lot of cats living in area. They are so cute and really friendly towards people. Take some time to hang out and play with these friendly cats, and make your trip even more memorable.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
The path doesn’t have any fences on the riverside. Please be careful not to fall as you take some photos.
Tetsugaku no Michi Appearance Photo
Path of Philosophy
Categories Scenery
Phone None
Address Between Ginkaku-ji Street and a street close to Eikando Temple
Directions 1 minute-walk from Kyoto-city bus #100or #17 stop at Gingakuji from JR Kyoto station

1 minute-walk from Kyoto city bus #204 or 93 stop at Ginkakuji from Kyoto city subway Marutamachi station

1 minute-walk from Kyoto city bus #203 or 102 stop at Ginkakuji from Kyoto city subway Imadegawa station
Hours Does not close
Reservations Not required
Closed Does not close
Fee Free
Credit cards No fee required
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Good area to take photos
Information There are a sign boards written in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
Languages spoken No staff at location
Path of Philosophy None Free 2/3

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