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Philosopher's Walk

Travel Information

Philosopher's Walk(哲学の道) is one of the popular strolling roads located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. It is about 1.8km long along Imade River. It was chosen to be one of the 100 best Japanese Roads. The walk runs alongside the cherry tree-lined Lake Biwa Canal.

Tourist Info.
There is no parking.
There is a restroom at the entrance of Ginkakuji.

Access
0. at Kyoto Station.
1. use a city bus to Ginakujimae.
2. walk


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Detailed Travel Guide

Philosopher's Walk
This passage was completed in 1890 at the foot of the Higashiyama Range and was extended in 1912. The walk runs alongside the cherry tree-lined Lake Biwa Canal. There are famous temples and shrines nearby such as the World Heritage Ginkaku-ji Temple with pleasant historical and cultural atmosphere.

In 1968, with the enthusiasm of local residents, Kyoto City completed the passage as a walking trail. Since then residents and the Kyoto City Water Supply and Sewage Bureau have worked on the maintenance of the trail and it is a relaxing place for people living in Kyoto as well as for tourists with cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in summer, colored leaves in autumn and a snowy scenery in winter.