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Tetsugaku no Michi, which literary means road of philosophy, is a perfect path to stroll on and is one of the “Japan's 100 selected roads.” The name comes from the fact that philosophers walked on this path deep in thought. Along the 2-km-long path, stone paved beside an artificial waterway, are about 450 cherry blossoms trees. In spring, the cherry blossoms along both sides of the waterway makes a tunnel, so it is very famous as a cherry blossom viewing site. Since it is surrounded by nature, you can enjoy different scenery each season, not only cherry blossoms but also fireflies in early summer, red leaves in autumn and snowscapes in winter. Traditional temples and shrines, attractive stores and cafes are located along the road.
- Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 40-min bus ride (No.5 or 17 Kyoto Municipal Bus) from JR Kyoto Station, followed by a minute's walk from Ginkakuji Michi bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
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Cherry blossoms in spring
The richness of nature can be felt at this Philosopher's Path in all seasons; especially in spring, when you can walk through the cherry blossom tunnel. This is the time when many people visit here. The reflections of cherry blossoms on the water and Hana ikada (flower boat), the floating flower petals on the water, is literally the epitome of Japanese spring.
Red leaves in autumn
The Philosopher's Path is very famous for cherry blossoms in spring, but the red and yellow leaves of fall are equally worth seeing. The momiji (Japanese Maple) turns bright red and the warm colors of cherry blossom tree leaves are also admirable. On the southern edge of this path, there is a popular trail that goes toward the famous Eikan-do (temple), well-known for its beautiful foliage.
Cafes and stores along the road
One appealing point of the Philosopher's Path is the cafes and stores along set up by the path that tempt people to drop by in the middle of their walks. Stopping by an old, long-established Japanese sweets store or taking a break at a cafe where you can enjoy your coffee is sure to become one of the wonderful memories of Kyoto.