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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Kyoto holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Philosopher's Walk and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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  • Nice complement of our Kyoto visit. Last time we did not do the full walk but it is worth it. Even when it's 31 degrees Celsius like today.  more »
  • Having visited the busy Ginkaku-ji Temple (or Silver Pavilion), we enjoyed a relaxing stroll along the banks of the small canal. It was a hot day, but we found plenty of shade along its route. There w...  more »
  • Very pleasant walk along a little river with lots of quiet temples, shrines, little shops and art galleries along the way.  more »