the philosopher’s walk


After visiting Ginkakuji, it began to rain in earnest, but Lea, Michelle, and I decided to walk the length of the Philosopher’s Walk anyhow. The Philosopher’s Walk runs between Ginkakuji and Nanzenji, and is named for the daily constitutionals of Nishida Kitaro, a philosophy teacher at Kyoto University. The walk takes you along a stone path that lies above a scenic canal that is lined with drooping cherry trees. In fact, for a person of my height it becomes a bit difficult to walk at times because of the constant stooping to avoid branches. The walk takes you past several really nice craft stores, and an equal number of fine cafés where you can stop for coffee or matcha. And although we only ended up making it to one temple along the route, you can actually visit seven if you have the energy, and two shrines as well.


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