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The Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku-no-michi) Tours

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The Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku-no-michi)
One of Japan’s heralded philosophers is said to have meditated daily as he walked on a stone route alongside a canal on his commute to Kyoto University. The scenic path, shaded by hundreds of cherry trees, quickly became known as The Philosopher’s Path (or The Path of Philosophy), and today hundreds of people traverse the two-kilometer trail every day searching for peace, insight, and a clear mind. Small temples and shrines peek out from the cherry trees, beckoning to thinkers and walkers in search of religious observance.

Originating near Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion temple, the trail extends to the Kyoto neighborhood of Nanzenji. Near the end of the trail, a large aqueduct greets visitors, a popular spot to stop and take photos. Restaurants and cafes dot the trail. In the Spring, The Philosopher’s Path is one of the best places in all of Kyoto  to enjoy the vibrant cherry blossoms in bloom.

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Reach The Philosopher’s Path by a 5-10 minute north of Nanzenji’s main temple buildings. The walk takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, but many visitors take longer to explore the temples and sights along the route.
Address: The Philosopher’s Walk, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience The Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku-no-michi)

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Private Tour - A Chilling Walking Trip at the “Philosopher’s Path”

Private Tour - A Chilling Walking Trip at the “Philosopher’s Path”

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Have you ever heard of the famous “Philosopher’s Path” where many cultured people in history walked? It is a path with beautiful cherry blossoms in Kyoto located along a river. You will start your tour by exploring “Ginkakuji” and then walk through the Philosopher’s path. This path will take you to a huge temple: “Nanzenji”. You will learn something from the life of historical person there and feel the Japanese traditional beauty of preferring old and simple things. Imagine what you will learn from it! You will also visit other spots near the Philosopher’s path! Don’t forget to book your tour to get the essence of Japanese culture, with your otomo guide!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Running to Kyoto's attractive tourist spots like Kamo river, Kiyomizu Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto.Let's make a slow jogging with a professional guide.Running experience in the old capital must forge an unforgettably impressive memory for you.

Running to Kyoto's attractive tourist spots like Kamo river, Kiyomizu Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto.Let's make a slow jogging with a professional guide.Running experience in the old capital must forge an unforgettably impressive memory for you.

Very unique tour to visit Kyoto's famous tourist destinations by running instead of walking nor cycling. An experienced guide with tour licence will lead you to several spots by slow jogging.This must be pretty exciting for you, but you should have the good habit of daily exercise especially running because will run about 15km in total. You also have to wear running shoes and clothes suitable for running. Rental of running shoes and running belt are available by 1,000yen each.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

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Let’s ride on a bike to explore Higashiyama, the most popular area among Kyoto, where many famous temples and shrines concentrated in. This area is well-known about its jam-up, since thousands of tourists visit at all times of the year. Resulted in overcrowded buses and even if you are luckily get in, the bus may not move forward. There are so many bus services provided by several companies which makes you confused. Yet people surround you maybe also tourists like you who know little about the area. Let’s not waste your time reading maps, waiting for buses, and traffic jams. After we leave Kyoto station, we will guide you several places: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Tetsugaku-no-michi Street (the philosophers' path), Eikando, and Nanzenji temple. We continue pedaling to Gion area then the most busiest area of Kyoto, Sanjyo and Shijyo-kawaramachi. You can either drop the bike at the place where the tour ends or keep pedaling until Kyoto station.
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  • 8 hours
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$331.01
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Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

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Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.62
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 Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer in KYOTO, JAPAN

Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer in KYOTO, JAPAN

No more selfies or pestering strangers for photos of yourself and loved ones, enjoy the services of a professional vacation photographer in Kyoto to capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. Specialising in delivering quality photography with photographers all over the world, we guarantee you amazing photos to remember your travels. All images shown were taken by our photographers.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$276.89
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Kyoto Palaces and Temples

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Kyoto Palaces and Temples

Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. Its first name was “Heian-kyo”, the capital of peace and tranquility. Today, the city has kept its splendor. Imperial, military and religious palaces were built over the century and now crisscross it. It goes without saying and everyone knows it… Kyoto is a must to visit. And here we go!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.77
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Kyoto - Morning Private Cycling Tour Including Bicycle and Helmet rental

Kyoto - Morning Private Cycling Tour Including Bicycle and Helmet rental

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This private cycling tour of Kyoto is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors and see many of Kyoto’s beautiful sites in one day. Bicycle and helmet hire is included, and you’ll have a guide to accompany you, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour. See shrines, temples, and mountains as you ride down the Path of Philosophy. You won’t have to navigate, as your guide will lead the way, so you can concentrate on the stunning views.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.49
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