Kyoto’s Path of Philosophy


The Philosopher’s Walk (哲学の道 Tetsugaku-no-michi?, lit. Path of Philosophy) is a pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. The route is so-named because the influential 20th-century Japanese philosopher and Kyoto University professor Nishida Kitaro is thought to have used it for daily meditation. It passes a number of temples and shrines such as Hōnen-inŌtoyo Shrine, and Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the walk, although many people spend more time visiting the sights along the way. On the northern part of the walk, there are good views of the nearbyDaimonji. The walk is a popular destination for tourists and locals, especially during hanami.

My very first visit to this place was during Sakura(Cherry Blossoms) time many many moons ago. After that time, I have not visited this place again or have seen it in a different season. When a dear friend M, invited me to join their very long walk around Kyoto (about 18KM) , I jumped at the opportunity.

When the Sakura’s are in full bloom this place looks so magical ( old pictures) but it gets really crowded especially during the weekend . On a different season or after the Sakura are all gone, this place looks so green and so refreshing.  Join me as we talk a short walk along the Philosopher’s Path.

Untitled

The board that says it all. Welcome to The Philospher’s path.

Untitled

Walking under the Cherry Trees.

Untitled
An inscription on a Stone. Sorry i could not really get what it tries to say.

Untitled

Cherryss !!!!!

Untitled

Cats on Vacation. The signs say “Today it’s our rest day.” 🙂 But these cats are not scared or skittish around humans. It seems that you can freely feed the cats around this area so when they see somebody they always taught, FOOD!!. They are really well fed cats.

Untitled

Mr. Ducky taking a rest under the shade of a Sakura Tree.

There are several shops, small cafe and restaurants along the way so you can take a really relaxing walk.

It seems that the Philosopher’s Path is also famous for Hotaru(Firefly) viewing during the summer.

Have you visited the Philosopher’s Path yet?

Advertisements

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Marc-André says:

    I love japan 🙂

    1. samokan says:

      Me too 🙂

  2. LindaGHill says:

    Does it go past Fushimi Inari Shrine? If so, I’ve walked a tiny bit of it! 😀 It looks as though the sign was placed there by the cats. 🙂
    Thank you for the beautiful photos!

    1. samokan says:

      Fushimi is in the other side of Kyoto, south I think. Maybe you mean Nanzenji?

      1. LindaGHill says:

        I stayed very close to Fushimi Inari, with all the torii gates. The only other place I went in Kyoto was to Gion. I guess it was another path… 😛

        1. samokan says:

          that was probably a different one. This is closer to the Golden Pavilion (Ginkakuji) area. Hopefully you can visit it when you Kyoto again 🙂

          1. LindaGHill says:

            I hope so! 😀

Any thoughts?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s