Philosopher’s Walk

Kyoto, Kansai

A path where the philosophers representing Japan enjoyed walking
Beautiful scenery for each season, such as cherry blossoms, fireflies, and fall leaves

Philosopher’s Walk is a path in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, which is in the eastern part of Kyoto Prefecture. It is a path along a canal that takes water in from Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. It is about 2km long in total, starting from near Eikan-do, an old temple founded in 853, to Ginkaku-ji, which was constructed by Ashikaga Yoshimasa as a mountain retreat. Numerous cherry trees are planted along the canal, so you can naturally enjoy the place in the spring flower season, but the scenery is actually beautiful all year round, with fireflies in summer, and red autumn leaves in autumn.

The path was named “Philosopher’s Walk” after Kitaro Nishida, a philosopher representing Japan. He was a faculty member of Kyoto University, and it is said that he preferred walking through this path deep in thought. So people gradually started to call it the “Pathway of philosophizing,” and it was given its present name in 1972.

There are many famous temples near the pathway, including the starting and finishing points. There are also cafes and tearooms along the path. Please enjoy the walk in a relaxed manner, stopping by at temples and taking breaks.


Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
075-411-9990 (Kyoto Tourism Federation)

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