Philosopher’s Path Kyoto Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms at Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto’s Best Walking Trail

The Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku no michi, 哲学の道) is a stoned paved walking trail and a popular touristic site in Kyoto.

The Philosopher’s Path is located near Ginkakuji Temple (a.k.a. the Silver Pavilion), stretching towards Nanzenji Temple and it takes approx 30 mins to complete.

The charming stone paved walkway attracts visitors all year around, however, it’s particularly popular during the cherry blossom season. It’s often chosen as one of the best viewing spots for cherry blossoms in Japan. The 2 km long walking trail is located along the canal and many temples and shrines are located nearby.

There are 500 cherry trees lined on the path which bloom beautifully in spring time and create the magnificent pink tunnel when they fully bloom. Even if you miss the blooming time of the cherry blossoms, the view of petals falling and floating on the canal is also spectacular.

-Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道)


Access: bus №100 from Kyoto Station towards Ginkakuji mae

Best time to visit: Early to mid April

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