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 Hours

  • Open 24 hours


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

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

Address / Location

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Andries Richter@Andries_Richter - 2021/10/22 06:30
Very productive #fishtech meeting with Florian Diekert, @L_inda and TillmannEymess. Discussing the role of human be…
Lovelace and Babbage@ladylovelacebot - 2021/10/20 21:38
The more I read your notes the more surprised I am at them. You may never need to walk a step expect on the t…
UGA CED@UGACED - 2021/10/20 03:22
Thank you to Professors Vick and Berglund for leading us through mature Chestnut-sized walkways and restored riverb…
Care@climatechangge - 2021/10/18 15:50
@samystosa @_bwabwa_ the “Philosopher’s Walk” is also a beautiful path in Kyoto!
Ruth Pindilli@RPindilli - 2021/10/16 03:06
@Raptors @LGCanada #LifesGoodInTO The Neighbourhoods; Kensington Market, Grange Park/AGO/Baldwin St, Roncesvalles s…
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@tonkllr @OnSophiaStreet Problem #1, 'it started somehow.'
The question is how many times similar dogmas have been…
TorontoJourney416@TJourney416 - 2021/10/15 02:36
Philosopher's Walk 🌳 is a peaceful hidden park in downtown Toronto. Its gentle hills were created by the now buried…
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A visit to Imperial Palace, Philosopher’s Walk, Ginkakuji Temple + eating at one of the world’s oldest restaurants…
Stephanie Madewell@evencleveland - 2021/10/14 21:46
On the blog: birthday gifts some 43-year-olds (me) might enjoy, including a snail-encrusted bench, the golden threa…
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Went for coffee after my morning walk and ended up being a model for the restaurant's new 'Winter Warmer' ad while…
Lovelace and Babbage@ladylovelacebot - 2021/10/13 21:36
Be assured that I am your best friend; but You may never need to walk a step expect on the terrace – the phil…
Marco~Antonio@MC_Philosopher - 2021/10/12 23:56
> Be me*
> fam and I walking down the river walk
> Asian family walks by
> ask my sister if she’s seen squid game…
Lovelace and Babbage@ladylovelacebot - 2021/10/12 21:36
I find it quite in vain to wait until I have leisure so I have resolved that I will leave all other things un…
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@PaulbernalUK It's the Libertarian mindset.
When faced with a difficult problem. Instead of trying to tackle it: yo…
Joël@Joel_LeonD - 2021/10/11 07:50
Spotted a studious fox at @UofT 's Philosopher's Walk today! 🦊 First time spotting one in downtown.
Kanpai! Japan@KanpaiJapan - 2021/10/10 17:04
📷 Philosopher's path - Kyoto's zen walk

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What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds.-Eric…
Movie Locations Gloucestershire.@LocationMovie - 2021/10/09 15:00
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Scene: The troll is first seen

Gloucester Cathedral - North Walk
Movie Locations Gloucestershire.@LocationMovie - 2021/10/09 03:00
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Scene: The troll is first seen

Gloucester Cathedral - North Walk
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