Philosopher's Walk

Tetsugaku no michi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan Tetsugaku no michi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Kyoto traditional walk
Philosopher's Walk. Kyoto, Japan

The Philosopher's Walk in eastern Kyoto is a 1.8 kilometre leisurely stroll down a cherry tree-lined canal from Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) in the north to Nanzen-ji in the south, with pretty temples dotted along the route.

We set off from Ginkaku-ji, where an elderly Japanese man started a conversation with us and told us how to find a secluded temple and garden, Honen-ji, which was so tranquil as no one else was there. I think we met a total of three people along the Philosopher's Walk, so we were very fortunate as it would have been very different with even one coach load of tourists.

Japanese Kyoto traditional walk

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