Sightseeing in Kyoto

Walk along "Philosopher's Path" in Kyoto and enjoy the beauty of "Cherry Blossom" in Spring and "Scarlet Maple Leaves" in Autumn!

If you want to see cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in Kyoto, there is no better place than the "Philosopher's Path". This road was chosen for one of the top 100 roads in Japan. Its name comes from Meiji philosophers such as Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe who used to walk along the small creek , and thus lead to the road being called "Philosopher's Path".

Since its origins, "Philosopher's Path" became known for its cherry blossom trees and autumn leaves, and has attracted many foreign tourists as a must-see place in Kyoto prefecture.

During the spring, blooming cherry blossom trees along the creek create a beautiful tunnel like view. On the other hand, in the fall, the leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow and red, creating a wonderful autumn spectacle. There are several ways to enjoy "Philosopher's Path" all year round, such as taking a coffee break in the cafe nearby, or taking pictures of the scenery. The possibilities are endless.

We definitely recommend visiting "Philosopher's Path" for its history, atmosphere, and scenic seasonal views.

Table of Contents for this Article

1,Basic Information about Philosopher's Path
2,Useful Information about Philosopher's Path
3,Philosopher's Path During Spring
4,Philosopher's Path During Autumn
5,Access Information to Philosopher's Path
6,Recommended information around Philosopher's Path

1,Basic Information about Philosopher's Path

Name in English: Philosopher's Path
Prefecture: Kyoto prefecture
Area: Kyoto city (Ginkaku-ji area)
Address: Jodojiishibashi ~ Nyakuoji Bridge Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Telephone Number: None
Close day: None
Hours: open 24 hours
Fees: Free
Parking: Yes (charged)
Official website: None

2,Useful Information about Philosopher's Path

Less than 10 minute walk from the nearest station: No
Credit Card: No
Accompanied by: Friends/ Date/ Family/ Alone
Staff who can speak foreign languages: No
Free Wi-Fi: No
Estimated visiting time: 2 hours ~
Sakura (cherry blossom) season: From beginning of April to middle of April
Autumn leaves season: From middle November to end of November

3,Philosopher's Path during Spring

Philosopher's Path is a walking trail that stretches 2km along the creek. During the spring, cherry blossom tunnel forms and welcomes us into the warm spring atmosphere. The view of the thousands of blooming cherry blossom is really fantastic.

You can enjoy walking under the cherry blossom tunnel, or take the pictures of the cherry blossom reflect on the creek, or just stand and spend a relaxing afternoon surrounded by the wonderful spring scenery.

You will never get sick of the view, no matter how many times you visit this spot.





4,Philosopher's Path during Autumn

Autumn offers us a different dimension of Philosopher's Path, as the cherry blossom tree and scarlet maple leaves turn red and yellow, painting the road with colors. You can enjoy the walking in the beautiful contrast of colorful leaves. Also you can take the picture of the autumn leaves reflect in the river, or just watching the leaves slowly drift down in water stream is a pleasant pastime that you can only experience at Philosopher's Path.

If you like taking picture, please try to take the photo of the red color autumn leaves and the long trail, also the creek creating the great atmosphere.

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哲学の道 もみじの紅葉



When autumn comes to an end, the cold brittle weather shifts towards Kyoto. However, a few times a year, snow falls from the sky and covers the Road of Philosophy in a layer of soft white snow.


5,Access Information to Philosopher's Path

Address: Jodojiishibashi ~ Nyakuoji Bridge Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Telephone Number: None

(by Train:15 minute walk from Kyoto municipal subway "Keage" station
(by Bus):
From the JR Kyoto Station
Kyoto municipal bus #5 "Nanzenji・Eikan-do"
Kyoto municipal bus #100 "Ginkakuji-mae"

※Kyoto municipal bus /Japanese http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/

6, Recommended information around Philosopher's Path

●Sightseeing information "Eikan-do" (永観堂)
●Sightseeing information "Nanzen-ji" (南禅寺)
●Sightseeing Information "Ginkaku-ji" (銀閣寺)
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Date created:2016/07/08

Last update:2016/09/13

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