The small road is only about 1.5 kilometers long, but was selected as one of Japan’s best 100 roads. The philosopher Nishida Kitaro is said to have walked the path in contemplation, leading to the name of the road.
Cherry blossoms in the spring and turning leaves in the autumn provide a colorful backdrop to the path that meanders beside the small creek. Wouldn’t it be a thrill to walk along the path, taking in a glimpse of the flower petals floating in the brook? You’ll be certain to become lost in thought, a veritable philosopher in the making.
From JR Kyoto Station, take the JR Biwako Line going towards Nagahama for 20 minutes to Yamashina Station. Transfer to the Municipal Tozai Line towards Uzumasa Tenjin and get off at Keage Station. Walk about 5 minutes to Philosopher’s Path.
Pauline and Benoît, the bloggers from World Else – will take you on a road-trip through Japan!
Discover Japan’s timeless country landscape
The stream weaves its natural beauty and color through the woods
Pristine white sand beach paradise and warm welcome breeze
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday
Contemporary walk through a 400-year old samurai district
Venerate old Sakura tree stands and overlooks the great mountains in the horizon
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards