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Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

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Scenic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Fantastic little walk in a great part of town. Lovely and peaceful and well deserving of its namesake. Luckily we got to do it with a bit of snow which was beautiful 
    Fantastic little walk in a great part of town. Lovely and peaceful and well deserving of its namesake. Luckily we got to do it with a bit of snow which was beautiful  more »
  • I went in Jan 2023. Even in winter conditions it was a calming and beautiful path to walk. I won’t say it’s a must visit. But if you have extra time after visiting other attractions has closed then... 
    I went in Jan 2023. Even in winter conditions it was a calming and beautiful path to walk. I won’t say it’s a must visit. But if you have extra time after visiting other attractions has closed then...  more »
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  • Very beautiful path surrounded by nature. Lovely spot for peaceful walk by the river, under the huge trees. Also you may find so many attractions by the neighbourhood temples, local souvenier shops, cafè's, restaurants.
  • Especially nice area during sakura season, but always a great walk any time of year. Very tranquil much of the time. Sakura just in full bloom now, April 1, 2022.

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