Kyoto | 5.5h
A Chilling Walking Trip at the “Philosopher’s Path”
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Meet the famous path that many cultured people in the history loved

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!

Highlights

・Discover the life of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the Shogun who built the “Ginkakuji”, and the beauty of the temple!
・Visit Nanzenji which is said to be a special temple in Kyoto. You can climb on the huge gate and enjoy the view from it!
・Shopping and worshipping at spots near the Philosopher’s path!

Attractions

・Ginkakuj Temple: The starting point of the Philosopher’s path. It is a temple as famous as “Kinkaku-ji”. “Kinaku-ji” means the golden temple and it actually is golden, but Ginkakuji which means the silver temple isn’t covered with silver. Feel the Japanese traditional beauty!
・Hakusho KinGin: A shop where you can have soft serve with a piece of gold or silver leaf on it! You can choose between gold and silver. imagine how it tastes!
・Philosopher’s path: A beautiful path with rich greenery along a river. It is really famous among locals and is a perfect place to stroll while being lost in thought. Cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in summer, and autumn leaves in fall are amazing!
・Yojiya Café Ginakakuji: A café ran by the company which has invented the Japanese blotting papers. They have renovated a traditional Japanese house and you can have Japanese tea while watching the Japanese garden from your seat. The telephone booth in front of the café is also worth checking. It is said that if you call someone you love from this telephone booth, your love will reach him.
Gallery Takano: A spot where Japanese-ish pieces of art are exhibited in a small shop which is a part of the shopkeeper’s house. They have postcards with Japanese painting and designs unique to Japan which makes it a perfect spot to buy your souvenirs!
・Otoyo Shrine: There are many unique shrines in Kyoto and this spot is one of them! It is located alongside the Philosopher’s Path which is really famous as a tourist spot, but this shrine is not too crowded and still worth visiting! Shrines usually have a statue of dogs made from stone but this spot has a rat version of it which is original to this shrine! There are also many other animals made from stone in its premise.
・Nanzenji Temple: A temple which is said to be special among all the temples in Kyoto! You can climb on the gate which is like an observatory and have a panoramic view of Kyoto city. Don’t miss the photogenic spots such as the beautiful garden and the Biwakososui River which is essential to the history of the modern Kyoto!

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as you will play with the athletic on this tour.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat at resting spots.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 2000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

In front of the Bus Center near the central gate(Karasuma gate) of Kyoto Station, JR Line

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