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Kyoto Philosopher's Walk is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Takatsuki Shi, Osaka, 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.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Point to Point

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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.

The Philosopher's Walk can be walked any time of the year, but the cherry blossom season (roughly the month of April) is the best time of year to visit. The walk is flat and easy. The Philosopher's walk is great for families with young children, and the paved trail is stroller friendly. The start of the Philosopher's walk at the Ginkaku-Ji temple is easily reachable from Kyoto's city center. A cab ride from the Central Railway station takes about 20 minutes. Ask your cab driver to drop you off at the Ginkaku-Ji temple, and mostly likely they will understand and know where to go. It's easy to find a taxi at the end of the walk, in front of the Nanzen-Ji Temple Allow for enough time at all three temples to take in the serene atmosphere and observe the noteworthy details.

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Richard McDonald
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It's a very nice walk (not a hike!) through some lovely scenery.

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Hiking

Small walk, though along a pretty river and easy to get to

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Nice fall foliage walk — super easy. Stop in on the shops and cafes to meet some terrifically hospitable people.

Tammy Nguyen
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Walking

Lovely city trail with cherry blossoms, canal and old buildings, peaceful walk.

James Y
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Did it on rental bikes which was extremely fun and delightful

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

Silke Simons
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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.

Mike Walker
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David Mortensen
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Mikael Moeller
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Robert Charlton
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Gildas Lefevre
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Martin Haverkemper
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Jack Devlin
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DDuo Huang
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