Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

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Enjoy a leisurely stroll on Philosopher's Walk, a stone path lined with cherry trees. Especially picturesque in cherry blossom season, the road will take you on a 2 km (1.2 mile) walk along the Lake Biwa canal. Admire the scenic surroundings, accentuated by the gently flowing water, venture off path to one of the small shrines, or take a break at a local cafe. Make Philosopher's Walk a part of your Kyoto vacation plans using our Kyoto trip maker app .
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  • Among the many attractions in Kyoto that deserved more exploration is the area around Ginkaku-ji Temple. At the rear of Ginkaku-ji Temple is the Daimonjiyama. I hiked up the mountain and enjoyed a spe...  more »
  • Did philosophers walk yesterday. There had been plenty of snow the night before in Kyoto so the walk had a sureal feel about it. I am sure during chery blossom season this would be a must, however, we...  more »
  • Even in winter this place is precious to take a long walk. There are many temples around that you can visit. During the flotation must be incredible.
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