A quiet meander along a canal, the Philosopher’s Path gives you a chance to unwind and explore a different side of Kyoto, with added seasonal treats.
What is the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto?
Stretching between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuou-ji temples, the 1.5km path gained its name thanks to the influential Kyoto philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, who would walk along it on his way to university. Nishida would often use his walks for meditation, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
Called Tetsugaku-no-michi in Japanese, people often flock to the waterside paths to view the cherry trees in spring or colorful leaves in autumn, following the streams as they head out to Lake Biwa. As well as a refreshing break from busy streets, it&
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