Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)

Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy) information

Kyoto , Japan
Address
Street Sakyō-ku
Getting there
Subway Tōzai Line to Keage Station
Bus Kyoto City Bus 5 to the Eikandō-michi or Ginkakuji-michi stops
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Lonely Planet review

The Tetsugaku-no-Michi is one of the most pleasant walks in all of Kyoto. Lined with a great variety of flowering plants, bushes and trees, it is a corridor of colour throughout most of the year. The path takes its name from one of its most famous strollers: 20th-century philosopher Nishida Kitarō, who is said to have meandered lost in thought along the path. Follow the traffic-free route along a canal lined with cherry trees that come into spectacular bloom in early April. It only takes 30 minutes to do the walk, which starts at Nyakuōji-bashi, above Eikan-dō, and leads to Ginkaku-ji. During the day you should be prepared for crowds (especially in the cherry blossom season); a night stroll will definitely be quieter.