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Tetsugaku-no-michi (Philosopher's Walk)

Tetsugaku-no-michiMap around Tetsugaku-no-michiTetsugaku-no-michi (Philosopher's Walk) is a narrow way along Lake Biwa Canal.
It runs from north to south along the foot of Higashiyama mountains, and the length is about 1.8 km.
The south end is near Kumano-Nyakuoji Shrine located a little north of Eikando temple, and the north end is to the west of Ginkakuji temple.

Lake Biwa Canal was completed first in 1890, and an additional canal was completed in 1912.
It has provided the water of Lake Biwa to use for industry, electric power generation and irrigation in Kyoto city.

Tetsugaku-no-michi was originally an ordinary path along the canal. Of course, it had not such classy name.

Kyoto, Tetsugaku-no-michi

In 1921, a wife of a Japanese painter living around the path planted 300 cherry trees along the canal.

Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945), one of the excellent philosophers, had often strolled here with thinking when he taught at Kyoto University around the 1910-20s.

This path had been desolated since World War II. Then Kyoto city planned to remove the path.
But the citizens living around the path had demanded to save and improve the environment eagerly.

At last, Kyoto city responded to the demand, then the renewed path was completed in 1972.
At this time, the name of Tetsugaku-no-michi (Philosopher's Walk) was given to the path.

There are several sightseeing spots near this path such as Nanzenji, Eikando, Honen-in and Ginkakuji.

The cherry trees bloom every spring.
At that time, you can enjoy the scenery walking along this path.

And, tea shops and restaurants are dotted along the path.

How to get to here

On foot

To south end, about 0.7 km from Nanzenji, about 0.3 km from Eikando.
To north end, about 0.2 km from Ginkakuji.




In spring
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
Lake Biwa Canal
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
A signpost
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
A bridge
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
In summer
In winter
Photo by Kyoto-design

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