Philosopher's path

Kyoto's zen walk

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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.

⬇️ Further down this page, discover our visit guide in Philosopher's path and around.
By Kanpai Updated on September 01, 2020 Chemin de la philosophie