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Kyoto's Famous Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Spot

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Spring is here and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. On April 6, 2024, we headed to Kyoto from Tokyo in search for cherry blossoms in Kyoto. Many tourist travel to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most pop

ular landmarks in Kyoto. We certainly recommend you travel to this amazing landmark. You may observe some cherry blossom trees along the way. However, during the cherry blossom season, the Philosopher's Path is definitely popular and one that cannot be missed. In the past, I had seen a myriad of photos featuring cherry blossoms at the Philosopher's Path.

Known by the Japanese as Tetsugaku no Mich, Philosopher's Path is a prominent cherry blossom spot. The Philosopher's Path is nestled in the northern Higashiyama district of Kyoto.

The area extends approximately 2 kilometers along the Lake Biwa Canal, offering breathtaking and stunning natural scenery.

We were amazed by the innumerable cherry blossoms trees that lined the streets. Arguably speaking, the sakura or cherry blossoms season is the best to visit the Philosopher’s Path.

The Philosopher's Path leads to the historical Ginkakuji or Higashiyama Jisho-ji or Silver Pavilion. Prior to reaching the Pavilion, we meandered down a narrow street where there was a myriad of different souvenir and food shops along the way. The Silver Pavilion is definitely worth seeing in Kyoto, especially during the cherry blossom season.

How to Get to Philosopher's Path:

By Bus:

  • Go to the bus terminal outside the central exit of Kyoto Station.

  • Find Bus Stop D2 or D3 for buses heading towards Gion, Nanzenji Temple, or Keage.

  • Take either Bus Number 100 or 206.

  • Depart at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

  • From there, Philosopher's Path is just a short walk away.

By Train:

  • Take the Karasuma Line (Green Line) from Kyoto Station to Karasuma-Oike Station.

  • Transfer to the Tozai Line (Blue Line) and ride it to Keage Station.

  • Walk approximately 15-20 minutes from Keage Station to Philosopher's Path.

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