Kyoto : Revisiting Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

12th December 2010. Written by Xin Li.
Kyoto, Japan
After a visit to the picturesque gardens of Gingaku-ji, we took a stroll along the charming Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道) that runs along a section of the Biwako Canal from Gingaku-ji to Nanzenji.

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

Named after a famous Japanese professor, Nishida Kitaro who loved to walk along this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University, the Philosopher’s Path offered a different kind of experience in early December as the cherry trees remained bare and the route was dotted with clusters of autumn colors.

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

Two photographers trying to get a cat to cooperate with them.

Kyoto 京都 - Tetsugaku no Michi 哲学の道

An adorable dog dressed for the season.

Kyoto 京都 - Nanzen-ji 南禅寺

We didn’t expect to see banana trees in Kyoto.

Kyoto 京都 - Nanzen-ji 南禅寺

Kyoto 京都 - Nanzen-ji 南禅寺

Nanzen-ji 南禅寺 - Sanmon Gate

At the end of the Philosopher’s Path, we arrive at Nanzen-ji, a Buddhist temple that dates back to the mid 13th century. While the central grounds are open to public free of charge , parts of the complex charge entrance fees such as the massive Sanmon Gate (500 Yen) which was constructed in 1628 by the Tokugawa Clan.

Kyoto 京都 - Former Eizan Railway


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