Touristic landmark of the northeast of Kyoto, the Philosopher's path sees hordes of travelers walk its trail every year. Visits peak during cherry blossoms, at the beginning of spring, since the canal which borders the path is lined with hundreds of sakura trees.
The name of the walk dates back to the early twentieth century. The famous zen philosopher Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945) walked it during his daily meditation to reach Kyoto University, where he founded the philosophical school.
It is customary to say that this two kilometers path joins Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) and Eikan-do Zenrin-ji temples, but other points of interest are accessible like Nanzen-ji, Honen-in temple or Mt. Daimon-ji.
Many visitors take the opportunity to visit them, alternating with small shops and cafes along the walk.
To avoid the crowds, we suggest you visit the Philosopher's path in the early morning. You will also enjoy a more zen atmosphere.
Philosopher's path photo gallery
Philosopher's path guides
Philosopher's path by Kanpai community
Must see around: Eastern Kyoto attractions
By bus -- Number 32 or 100, Ginkakuji-mae stop (about 30 minutes from Kyoto Station)
Open daily and all year, no closing
Approximate tour time: half an hour to two hours
Recommended period: sakura bloom
哲学の道 (Tetsugaku no michi)
Official page (in English)