Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: © Tim Brennan flickr user
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Philosopher's Walk
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Ducks
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Philosopher's Walk
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Cherry Blossoms
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: End of Philosopher's Walk and Ginkaku-ji sign
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Ginkaku-ji Entrance
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Zen Garden
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Ginkaku-ji Temple
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Path to Shrine  - © James Nash flickr user
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Philosopher"s path   - © SpirosK photography flickr user
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: The honest-to-goodness Philosopher"s Walk  - © Jeremy _ _ flickr user
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Gate inside Nanzen-ji temple - © Flickr users- Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Main gate of the Nanzen-ji temple - © Flickr user- t-mizo
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Nanzen-ji temple - © Flickr user- Izu navi
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: Philosopher"s path - © Flickr user- Rodrigo Uribe
  • Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: View of Kyoto from Daimonji-yama - © Flickr user- Andrew Eland

Key information: Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

    • This hill above Kyoto gives you temples, a huge view over the city and a big but digestible helping of Japanese culture and history.
      • Climb from great Ginkaku-ji temple to the clearing on Daimonji-yama high above Kyoto where a giant symbol for 'dai' (great) is burned every August. Take in the city spread below you. Then summit Daimonji-yama and return to Kyoto and Nanzen-ji temple to join the famous Philosopher's Path, which winds between a number of Buddhist temples (and their famous gardens) and shrines - back to the start!
        • The Philosopher's Path (actually a surfaced lane) runs for 1.8km past some of Kyoto's most famous temples. It is a walk in its own right.
          • Expect intense and thoughtful experience. Allow as much time as you can to divert into the superb temples and shrines you will pass and to absorb everything you will encounter.
            • Lonely Planet's Walking in Japan has a chapter on this walk. 
            • ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest10
  • Human interest20
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating86
  • Note: Neg: urban/crowds: popularity

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 7km/4hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 466m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: View of Kyoto from Daimonji-yama - © Flickr user- Andrew Eland
Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: � Philosopher's Walk

COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS

Name: Brett
Posted on: 27/02/2013
How do you have a maximum of 20 points for human interest but then award 30 to this walk (which gets it into the top 10 by clear abuse of your own rules)?


Walkopedia says: Thank you for pointing this error out! We've now adjusted the marks for this walk.

Name: RichardZen
Posted on: 31/05/2015
The Philosopher's Walk was the first thing I aimed at when arriving at the tourist-busy Kyoto. It had just snowed in Tokyo after I left on the Shinkansen, and the temperature was above freezing but a humid-cold that got into the bones when I arrived in Kyoto. It was still lovely with cherry blossoms covering the sidewalks and benches like snow flakes. There are ducks and a stream. The end of the walk is right at Ginkaku-ji Temple which I included some photos as any first timer would want to include it with the walk. It can be a bit of a find but if you have a good map or GPS you won't get lost.


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Daimonji-yama and Philosopher's Path, Kyoto: � Ginkaku-ji Temple

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