Kyoto Philosopher's Walk

EASY 2 reviews

Kyoto Philosopher's Walk is a 2.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Iwakura, Kyoto, Japan that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
45 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

views

city walk

A scenic walk along a cherry-tree-lined canal connecting three of Kyoto's great temples. The Philosopher's walk is a classic walk in Kyoto that connects several ancient temples via a meandering, paved trail. This attraction is highly recommended on any visit to Kyoto, as it combines visits to three magnificent temples, including typical Japanese gardens, with an opportunity to stretch your legs while taking in the typical serene Japanese atmosphere. The route got its name from a Kyoto University philosophy professor, Nishida Kitaro, who used it for his daily meditation.

2 months ago

good place to walk. very flat. you can find some nice cafes along the path.

walking
9 months ago

The scenery is beautiful, of course, especially during cherry blossom season or fall foliage, but it really is more of a stroll than anything else. The path is flat for the most part; the plus side is that it's almost barrier-free / wheelchair-friendly, the downside is that it can be VERY crowded.