Philosopher’s Path

The Philosopher's walking path in Kyoto.

Located at the foot of Higashiyama, Sakyo ward of Kyoto city, it is a 1.5 km-long strolling path covered with stone, alongside Biwa-ko Canal from Kumano-nyakuoji-jinja to Ginkaku-ji. There is lush natural forest on hill side of the canal. It is crowed with large amount of tourists for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and scarlet maple leaves in autumn. There are many writers and artists lived nearby from long time ago, especially Kitaro Nishida, a philosopher who like to take a stroll here while contemplate, and it also gave the name to the street. In the halfway of the walking street. there is a stone monument carving with Nishida’s poem “others are others, I will go on in my own way”. In addition, this street has been selected as one of the 100 best roads in Japan.


Photo Credit: (c)Kyoto Media Support Center


Ishibashi-cho, Jodoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
32-minute bus ride from Kyoto Station (JR) to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
16-minute bus ride from Marutamchi Station (subway) to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
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