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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  • I thought ago you want to go. I'd heard the name but not opportunity. About 30 minutes by bus from the Center to near the ginkaku-ji Temple. Ginkaku-ji Temple to Nanzenji Temple, less than 30 minutes? Summer in Riverside, it is easy to walk in the shade of a tree. Many souvenir shops. Cafe. Atmosphere is nice. Water is beautiful. Including large Koi and turtles. Want to go beyond the summer.
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  • I have first visited Nazen-ji Temple and walked in the Park around. Here, it was hard to take, since everything only in Japanese is signposted. I would therefore suggest to Ginkaku-jo bus (line 100) and then about the philosophy, Nazen-ji to run walk in direction. Worth seeing is the Eikando-do temple with a beautiful park. From there it is only a few steps to the Nazen-ji Temple. I've added a map for better orientation.
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  • Zen walk along the river, to do by sunny weather. It takes around 01h30 slowly , none difficulties. You can do it if you are close by but don't come only for visiting it.  more »
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