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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  • This is a charming walk along a cobblestones pathway overlooking a canal complete with small stone bridges. There is access to nearby shrines but there isn't much more to it. A nice walk, but no statu...  more »
  • One of our ambitions for our trip to Honshu was to complete the Philosopher's Walk, and when we had a day free in Kyoto it was our top priority. We didn't need the printed instructions we'd packed in ...  more »
  • Lovely walk that walk of a temple to another. There is a small river surrounded by vegetation that makes the journey very pleasant, especially with good weather.
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