Philosopher’s Path

The Philosopher's walking path in Kyoto.

The Philosopher's Walking Path in Kyoto.

Located at the foot of Higashiyama, Kyoto, Philosopher’s Path is a 1.5 km-long strolling path along the Biwa-ko Canal from Kumano-nyakuoji-jinja Shrine to Ginkaku-ji Temple. There is a lush natural forest on the hillside of the canal. It is crowded with tourists for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and scarlet maple leaves in autumn. This area has been beloved by many writers and artists such as Kitaro Nishida, a philosopher who likes to take a stroll here while he contemplates, which gave the name to the street. On halfway of the street, there is a stone monument carving with Nishida’s poem “others are others, I will go on in my own way”. 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
Short walk from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.(Kyoto City Bus)