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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  • August 17, 2017
    Stroll along a river. Certainly much prettier when the cherry trees are in bloom. 2 good km on foot. Enjoy to visit the small temples and cemetery nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Just neighborhood side streets, and next to the Creek flowed through this, but it wasn't until a way of thinking and why philosophy has a little walk way Bonnie because of high buildings in Japan and told me about a lot of long Creek have an idea if you have to walk to ginkaku-ji Temple should think I'm lame
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  • August 16, 2017
    A serene place and a must if you are in the area. Great walk alongside a very small river with beautiful cherry trees on both sides. I can only imagine how beautiful this walk must be during the hanam...  more »

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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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