The Path of Philosophy
Which way to go? This sign acts as a veritable shopping list of amazing places to go in the area; temples and shrines galore.
One of the highlights in Kyoto thus far has been our stroll down the Path of Philosophy, or Tetsugakunomichi. It is truly a testament to the historical nature of this city that such a place even exists, and just looking at the signposts - marking all of the temples in the area - is enough to make your head spin.
Not far from Kyoto's Keage station, a few minutes walk puts you along one of the most beautiful strolling paths in the city. The path of philosophy is particularly renowned for its beauty in Cherry Blossom season, when the mossy banks of its stream are hemmed in by trees in full bloom.
As it is, the walk is spectacular in any season, and it is a joy strolling through this peaceful part of town.
Once frequented by monks, priests and scholars, the Path of Philosophy gained a reputation as the perfect place for long walks spent in quiet reflection.
Indeed, the scenery and mood of the place is so inspiring, that it is not at all uncommon to find artists along the banks of the stream trying to capture the beauty of the spot.
It's also the perfect way to pass between Nanzen-in (that page to come soon) and The Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji). Altogether, a perfect day.