The Philosopher’s Path

Roughly 3km in length, the Philosopher’s Path is one of Kyoto’s classic strolling routes and is named after a Kyoto University Professor of Philosophy who would meditate as he strolled along the path on his way to work each day. The route follows a cherry tree lined canal and passes a number of interesting temples and shrines and some beautiful gardens. Beginning at Ginkakuji in the north, the path continues to Nanzenji Temple in the south and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially during the cherry blossom season.