Philosopher's Walk


About Philosopher’s Walk

Philosopher's Walk

From the intersection of Shirakawa-dori and Imadegawa-dori to the east, from the passage(canal passage) to the Marutamachi-dori at south, the passage is called the Philosopher’s Walk. There is a cherry blossom row called “Kansetsuzakura” on the Philosopher’s Walk, and it crowds with a lot of hanami visitors every year in the cherry blossom season.

There are about 500 cherry blossoms in the walking path of about 1.5 km in total length. When the cherry blossoms scatter, the cherry blossom petals fill the river of the canal, and you may encounter the spectacle like the cherry tree carpet. In addition, from the end of May to June, you can see the Genji glowworm that inhabit the canal. The carp also seems to live in the canal.

“Philosopher’s Walk” came to live a lot of writers in the Meiji era, and it was called, “passage of the writer”. Because of the origin of the name is that after that, the philosopher of Kyoto University, Nishida Ikutaro, and Tanabe Gen willingly strolled, and it was said “Philosophical small path” etc.

There are many shrine and temple temples in the vicinity, such as Ginkaku temple, Eikando, Nanzen temple, and Konkaikomyo temple, and it is not limited to the season of cherry blossoms, and it is used as a stroll road to visit these. In recent years, we have seen many foreign tourists.

Also, there are fashionable cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the road, so you can stop by and enjoy your meal in a beautiful view.


Philosopher’s Walk photos

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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada


Location Kitashirakawa Higashi Kubota-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi

Wakaojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Usual viewing season Cherry brossom
Early to mid-April
Access City bus
・Short walk from “Ginkakuji-michi” bus stop on routes 5, 17, 32, 100, 102, 203, 204
・Take routes 5, 32, 93, 100, 203, or 204, get off at Higashi-tenno-machi bus stop, and walk east for about 7 minutes.
Parking lot None

Recommended places to visit in conjunction with

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku temple is formally called Higashiyamajisho Temple and is a temple of the Rinzai Shokoku Temple sect. In 1490 in the Muromachi period, it was erected as Jisho temple, to mourn the reclining Bodhi of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who died in January of that year.

Eikando Temple

Eikando Temple

If you want to see the autumnal leaves in Kyoto, the Eikando is famous for the autumnal leaves as it is said that Eikando is recommended. Of course the best time to see here will be in late autumn when leaves color from mid November to late November.

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzen Temple is the head temple of the Rinzai Nanzen sect. In 1291, Kameyamahouou founded Nanzen temple greeted Mukanfumonzenshi (Daimyokokushi).