Philosopher’s Path

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Philosopher's Path
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The Philosopher’s Path

The Philosopher’s Path is a magical walk through one of Kyoto’s most picturesque areas. In the 20th century, a Japanese philosopher used to stroll along these paths as a form of meditation. This is how the areas received its name and now has become a popular site for locals and tourists.

During cherry blossom season, the area becomes a vibrant pink and attracts people from across the world. Any other time of the year, there will be stretches of the patch which are deserted. Its times like these that you’ll find the same tranquility the philosopher once enjoyed. There are plenty of benches that allow you to sit and enjoy the fish peacefully swimming by.

Most people will start their journey along the Philosopher’s Path at Ginkakuji or Nanzenji. The walk between these two temples is approximately 2.5km. In my case, I continue my trek onto Kiyomizudera, which takes you through some of Kyoto’s most beautiful areas!

How to Get There:

In my opinion, the best subway stations to access the Philosopher’s Path are Mototanaka and Demachiyanagi. Mototanaka is closer to the path’s starting point, but the walk from Demachiyanagi is a more direct route to Ginkakuji Temple (an awesome place to see and start your journey).

After arriving at Nanzenji Temple, you can use Keage Station to get back towards Kamo River. Otherwise, you can continue walking towards Kiyomizudera which includes awesome sights such as Maruyama Park, Higashiyama District, and countless small temples.


Philosopher's Path Map
Map by Toivo Voll via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)


Have you walked the Philosopher’s Path? Let me know in the comments how your experience was! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my Kyoto City Guide and Japan Travel Guide.


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