Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)

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Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)

At the foot of Mt. Higashiyama in Kyoto, this road stretches approximately 2 km from Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) to Wakaoji Shrine, going along a small stone-paved canal. Hundreds of cherry trees are planted along the canal. When the cherry trees are in bloom, it looks like a flower tunnel and a lot of domestic and foreign tourists come to see this. Higashiyama Forest on the east side of the canal is colored beautifully when autumn comes. If you only get to see this, it is still worth a visit.

In the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the road was affectionately called "Writer's walk". Ikutaro Nishida, a former professor of Kyoto University, used to walk along the canal in meditation, that's why it became known as Tetsugaku-no-Michi (path of philosophy). The name stuck when in 1972, local volunteers started a movement to preserve the canal.

In the middle of the Path of Philosophy near the temple Honen-in, there is a monument of waka (poem) written by Kitaro Nishida, the key person of this road.

In this area, there area many famous temples, such as Ginkakuji, Honen-In, Reikanji, famous for camellias, Eikan-do, famous for autumn leaves, and Wakaoji Temple. Tetsugaku-no-Michi, which is among the Top 100 roads in Japan, goes past all these sights. From a long time ago, people used to walk this road, devoted to contemplation. You can feel their presence even today.


Ginkakuji-mae bus stop on the Kyoto City bus.

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Description: Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)

Sights Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy) (哲学の道)
Address Ishibashi-cho, Jodoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
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Duration 2Hour(s)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

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