The Path of Philosophy

The Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi) is one of Kyoto’s most popular Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots. It is a pleasant stone path along a canal  lined by hundreds of cherry trees, running for about two kilometers through the northern part of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district, between Ginkaku-Ji (the Silver Pavilion) in the north and Eikan-Do Temple, in the south.

In early April these trees usually explode with flowers and color, attracting a large crowd of tourists.  The path is named after a philosophy professor at Kyoto University, Nishida Kitaro, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

A number of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques can be found along the path.

When tired by the large crowd of people, I suggest escaping a bit to a smaller temple just a short walk from the canal. My favorite one is Honen-in, with an entrance gate that is quite spectacular (especially during the autumn leaf season).

Honen-In Temple

The Path of Philosophy

The Path of Philosophy is located between the south of Ginkaku-Ji (Silver Pavilion) and the north of Eikan-Do Temple.

The easiest way to go there is by taking the Express Bus #100.

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