Travel Note of Kyoto for Cherry Blossoms Part 3: Philosopher’s Path

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I traveled to Kyoto to view cherry blossoms for three days and two nights. Although the weather was not always good, cherry blossoms in Kyoto were marvelous. In this article, I will write about Philosopher’s Path as part of Day 1.

[Series of articles]
* Day 1 (1) Heian Jingu Shrine and Okazaki Canal (Jikkokubune Boat Ride)
* Day 1 (2) Keage Incline and Nanzenji Temple
* Day 1 (3) Philosopher’s Path [This article]
* Day 1 (4) Takenaka Inari Shrine, Munetada Shrine, Shinnyodo Temple and Konkai Komyoji Temple
* Day 1 (5) Maruyama Park, Nene Road, Yasaka Pagoda and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (evening illuminations)
* Day 2 (1) Kyoto Gyoen and Kyoto Gosho
* Day 2 (2) Honmanji Temple, Nijo Castle, Shinsen-en and Kiyomizu-dera Temple
* Day 2 (3) To-ji Temple (including evening illuminations) and Rikuson-no Shrine
* Day 3 (1) Arashiyama (Bamboo Grove), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Gion Shirakawa and Kenninji Temple

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[Main Part]

After I left Nanzenji Temple, I moved to Philosopher’s Path.

Philosopher’s Path

Philosopher’s Path is a walking path along Okazaki Canal and connects between the neighborhood of Nanzenji temple and that of Ginkakuji temple. The path is filled with cherry blossoms in Spring and often mentioned as one of the best view spots for cherry trees in Kyoto.

So, let’s start strolling.""

When I started to walk along the Philosopher’s Path, I found several cats there.Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cat1

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cat2

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cat3

As far as I checked after the trip, it seems stray cats have started to live in a ruined house and the number of cats has been increasing. Taking of cats, it reminds me of “Neko-no-hosomichi (Cat Trail)” in Onomichi (see the related article).

Revisit Onomichi Part 3: Neko-no-hosomichi (Cat Trail)

Here some snap photos in the Philosopher’s Path.""



I saw lots of camera women.""

Now I changed the color setting.""

I liked this shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossoms on sprays).""


Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms1

Other snaps.""



I saw many women who rent Japanese Kimono.Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms2







It was something like a mirror.Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms3

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms4

Last snaps at the end of the path.Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms carpet1

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms carpet2

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms carpet3

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms5

Kyoto Philosopher’s Path cherry blossoms6

Chinese noodle Mautani

I had a lunch at “Chinese noodle Masutani”.Kyoto Chinese noodle Masutani1

Kyoto Chinese noodle Masutani2

Actually, it was around 3pm, but the noodle restaurant was almost full of visitors.

Then, I moved to the next destination and will write about it in the next article.


That’s it for the article about the Philosopher’s Path as part of Day 1. Cherry blossoms in the Philosopher’s Path are not so extravagant just like the autumn leaves in Kiyomizudera temple, but are colorful and graceful 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Takenaka Inari Shrine, Munetada Shrine, Shinnyodo Temple and Konkai Komyoji Temple.

[Related Link]
Kyoto Travel Guide (English)

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