Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

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Enjoy a leisurely stroll on Philosopher's Walk, a stone path lined with cherry trees. Especially picturesque in cherry blossom season, the road will take you on a 2 km (1.2 mile) walk along the Lake Biwa canal. Admire the scenic surroundings, accentuated by the gently flowing water, venture off path to one of the small shrines, or take a break at a local cafe. Make Philosopher's Walk a part of your Kyoto vacation plans using our Kyoto trip maker app .
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  • In my opinion, it must be worthwhile when the cherry trees are flowered. Without that extra, is a channel with a narrow, not very clean Street that runs beside it, with humble houses, some badly maintained. Once in a while you can see a pipe drain coming from the houses to the canal. If you have time...
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  • The most relaxing walk I have had in Japan, it's just a shame the cherry blossoms were not in bloom as this year they were late due to the cold weather. This path runs along the canal were you can see...  more »
  • A stroll along The Philosopher's Walk is a beautiful way to see some of Kyoto's amazing shrines. We started at Nanzen-Ji temple (which has zen in the name for a reason) and walked towards Ginkaku-Ji t...  more »

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