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Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)

Travel Guide - Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)


Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi in Japanese) is a two kilometers long pedestrian path between Ginkakuji-bashi Bridge near Ginkaku-ji Temple and Wakaoji-bashi Bridge near Zenrin-ji Temple (Eikan-do). It only takes about 30 minutes to follow the walk.
The originally nameless pedestrian path came to be called "Philosopher's Walk" by the locals in the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912) since prominent Japanese philosophers, such as Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe, often took a meditative walk here at that time (Then the name became official in 1972). Today, the path is still a favorite with contemplative strollers who follow the traffic-free route beside a canal lined with cherry trees which come into spectacular bloom in spring. Fireflies glow softly in the dark can also be seen at night in June.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Open 24 hours


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 40 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #5 or #17 bus. Get off at Ginkakuji-dori Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Jodoji Ishibashicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8406